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The fact is, most of us are yearning to slip back into old habits, good and bad

John Daly



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As we dip our toes in “the new normal”, it’s easy to imagine “nothing will ever be the same again” – but we must strive to “take the learnings” of the past three months to heart. Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images

As we dip our toes in “the new normal”, it’s easy to imagine “nothing will ever be the same again” – but we must strive to “take the learnings” of the past three months to heart. Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images

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As we dip our toes in “the new normal”, it’s easy to imagine “nothing will ever be the same again” – but we must strive to “take the learnings” of the past three months to heart. Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images

By now, sprays of blood resembling a botched hit on 'The Sopranos' will have splattered the walls of your local DIY store following tussles over 10 litre tubs of white emulsion.

In the neighbouring bathroom accessories section, initial skirmishes over encaustic Parisian wall tiles will have gravitated into outright insurrection with cadres of rabid fix-uppers going full-on 'Braveheart' lunatic. Worst of all is the garden section, bearing a decent likeness to Carthage in the first Punic War, with thrashed Albertine climbing roses and ravaged dahlia Golden Sceptres needing the solemn reportage of Paschal Sheehy to envision the carnage. Yes, God is in his heaven and Ireland is back in the shops again.

However, could it be that we've swapped one pathogen for another almost as destructive? Already dominating the post-Covid landscape, God help us, are those super-contagious hackneyed phrases from which no face mask offers sufficient protection.