Wednesday 7 December 2016

Lay of the land: There's no ducking out of this Easter rising

Fiona O'Connell

Published 20/03/2016 | 02:30

Easter eggs will be everywhere this day next week.
Easter eggs will be everywhere this day next week.

Easter eggs will be everywhere this day next week. But a few might turn up early in my backyard, in a scenario that proves fairy tales are based on facts.

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However, the same could be said of all fiction - especially when it focuses on our fondness for fantasy. Certainly, there was no shortage of Walter Mitty types canvassing during the recent election. And plenty of them can be found all year round in any Irish country town, labouring under illusions of grandeur and importance - whether as artists, oracles of wisdom or supreme shakers and makers - a reality existing entirely within their egos.

However, not just human beings but honking beings can be guilty of megalomania - as illustrated by this tale with an ironic twist on The Ugly Duckling.

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