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Maybe I'll meet Bill Clinton again and talk about the fortunate winds that blew us here

Sarah Carey


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Powerful speaker: With Bill Clinton, people often think of the sex scandal and forget about the intellect of the man, as well as his remarkable ability to captivate an audience. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY/COLLINS DUBLIN

Powerful speaker: With Bill Clinton, people often think of the sex scandal and forget about the intellect of the man, as well as his remarkable ability to captivate an audience. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY/COLLINS DUBLIN

Powerful speaker: With Bill Clinton, people often think of the sex scandal and forget about the intellect of the man, as well as his remarkable ability to captivate an audience. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY/COLLINS DUBLIN

I was commiserating with a fellow writer recently when a sub-editor 'corrected' and thus ruined a beautiful column he'd crafted based on a highly nuanced historical reference. We ruefully swapped stories of such humiliations.

My worst experience was inflicted by a headline writer of the 'Evening Herald'.

I had suffered an ignominious departure from the illustrious 'Irish Times' (but not so illustrious to prevent a sub-editor there once inserting into a column that my home village of Enfield was in Westmeath, instead of Meath, as if I didn't know where I lived).