Tuesday 23 January 2018

Donal Lynch: Worth recalling that living well is the best vengeance

Most of us have a list of enemies, but Donal Lynch wonders if the smart move is to deny them space in your head

Actress Jacqueline Bisset poses in the press room during the Golden Globe Awards
Actress Jacqueline Bisset poses in the press room during the Golden Globe Awards
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

When Jacqueline Bissett won her best supporting actress award at the Golden Globes last weekend, she made a rambling, semi-coherent speech that had the producers of the show trying to drown her out with a steadily rising orchestra crescendo. This prompted the classically trained actress to authoritatively raise her voice above the din. "Forgive everyone," she exhorted the galaxy of stars in the crowd. "Forgiveness is the best beauty treatment."

Bill Clinton, who, to the amusement of many, had "crashed" the awards show, was possibly amongst those who sneered at Bissett's woozy stab at profundity. Two days later, Bubba was refusing to deny the claims that he and Hillary have a frequently updated compendium of those who had helped and wronged them throughout their storied careers.

According to a new book, the list of so-called 'sinners and saints' -- including John Kerry, now US secretary of state, and the late Ted Kennedy, both reportedly once regarded as disloyal -- was put together on a spreadsheet in the final days of Hillary's losing bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. And since then the list has grown and grown.

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