The Week that was
- Published on Aug 29 2015
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Dublin have named the same team that started against Fermanagh for tomorrow's All-Ireland semi-final.
For 35 years, China has played a Marxist-Leninist-capitalist game. Following the model laid down by Deng Xiaoping when he launched partial economic reform at the end of the 70s, it has tried to use market forces to introduce reform, while retaining the top-down control beloved of Communist parties.
It's quietly anticipated that 40,000 people will attend today's fifth protest over Irish Water in Dublin. Aspects of Right2Water's campaign are probably disingenuous. The 1EU water directive means revenue charges must be obtained in every member state for public water supplies and sanitary services - whether done through a public utility or local council. Eventually, householders will have to pay. There's clearly a party political campaign element to this organised dissent, especially as trade unions widen agendas to target the Labour Party.
Wars bring out the worst and the best in people. We read recently how it can bring out the best in the most dark of situations like what happened to Dr Aidan MacCarthy during World War II, when in the RAF in Singapore he, with thousands of others, was captured and held as a prisoner of war for four years in Japanese prisoner of war camps and he survived the second atomic bomb dropped in Japan on Nagasaki.
The X Factor returns tonight and, as ever, nobody is talking about the contestants. Rather, the chatter revolves around a double-helping of new judges - Rita Ora and the already annoying Nick Grimshaw replace Louis Walsh and Mel B - and whether arriving presenter Olly Murs will be as irritating on television as on stage (having witnessed his most recent arena show I doubt it possible).
Let's set aside the image of mistrustful politicians in Stormont for a moment, and consider what the peace process has meant for Ireland over the past two decades. A beauty - terrible in some ways - was born because peace came, but at a price.
You don't have to go back too many generations to remember a time when a key could be left in a village hall door or when an elderly person could expect a modicum of respect in the street. As the tragedy of John O'Donoghue will attest, even a locked door can be an invitation - and an elderly person an added inducement - to burgle and terrorise.
'We dance eight times a week, six days a week. If we are on tour we travel on Mondays, so we actually do eight shows a week. It is really hectic, we have two shows on Saturday and Sundays.
Mark Johnston is one northern trainer who boasts an impressive record at Goodwood, and the Middleham maestro can strike again at the Sussex course today in the opening Prestige Stakes.
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