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John Downing


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In a fix: Taoiseach Micheál Martin needs to get full marks for his plan on reopening schools

In a fix: Taoiseach Micheál Martin needs to get full marks for his plan on reopening schools

In a fix: Taoiseach Micheál Martin needs to get full marks for his plan on reopening schools

There are various explanations for the origins of the phrase: "With one bound our hero was free." My favourite begins with the unlikely tale of a writer going on a drinking binge, getting into a heap of trouble at work, and then redeeming the case. The last element may be the only really unlikely bit. 

The writer's job was to produce pot-boiler thrillers for a weekly magazine in which a dashing hero got himself into all kinds of impossibly tight corners. During the days of the writer's absence, and very late arrival back at work in rag order, the magazine editors fretted about how the hero could be extricated from the latest extreme pickle with any kind of credibility.


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