Saturday 3 December 2016

Ireland shouldn't sneeze at the untold benefits of China catching a chill

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

An investor takes a nap on a chair in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Nantong, in China’s Jiangsu province
An investor takes a nap on a chair in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Nantong, in China’s Jiangsu province

When I was a boy, I had a huge map of the world on my bedroom wall. I loved to look at it for hours to see where all these exotic place were, how their names were pronounced and, using an old school ruler, how far away from Dublin these places were. The yearning to break free from Ireland runs deep, it seems.

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One of the things that fascinated me with our standard map was just how big Greenland appeared to be. It looked to be about the same size as Africa. It still does if you look at a map today.

But of course the map is deceptive.

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