Sunday 25 February 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Keeping straight faces during storytime

Gather round, boys and girls, and Enda will tell you a fairytale like he told Mr Monti, says Gene Kerrigan

It has to happen, sooner or later. The RTE TV news jingle will come on, and we'll see newsreader Eileen Dunne or Una O'Hagan looking at the camera with a stunned expression.

She will look down at the sheet of paper in front of her, shake her head, and say, "Christ, folks, you're not going to believe this one."

Unfortunately, RTE is statutorily obliged to keep a straight face as it transmits news that even my cat knows is nothing but pixie dust. More than once last week, my cat turned to me, lifted one eyebrow and gave me a look that said, This is a joke, right?

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