'The King's Speech' is truly a crowning achievement
The film is a celebration of individual success against the greatest odds of all, writes John-Paul McCarthy
One of Maud Gonne's biographers tells the story of the day Yeats' beloved hung one of her black knickers outside her window in Dublin during the visit of King Edward VII in 1903.
She was trying to annoy her many royalist neighbours on Coulson Avenue, one of whom summoned a Peeler when he saw her underwear blowing gently in the breeze.
It's safe to say that Gonne would have hated The King's Speech, Colin Firth's wonderful turn as the tongue-tied King George VI, but that's because Gonne had no real heart.