Brendan O'Connor: The silver bullet for weight loss is simple ...
EVEN at my great age, you still do things to try and impress the birds. So last Sunday I headed down to Cork to turn on the Christmas lights on "Pana", mainly to impress my mother and the two kids.
I felt it was an important step in reassuring my mother that all is not lost and that I do have some class of a proper job. And I thought the kids would be impressed at my being up on a stage with Santa.
Of course, smart Dublin wags all made the same joke when I said I was going to Cork to turn on the lights. "Are they finally getting electricity in Cork?" We like that though in Cork. We like to be underestimated. Because it makes it all the sweeter when people eventually realise how superior we are to them.