Wednesday 24 January 2018

No harm for Mr Myers to deflate our ego

LAST Thursday, Kevin Myers poured more scorn on the pitiful Irish. For a country with a population the size of Greater Manchester, we haven't done too badly.

Couldn't the same be said about a lot of nations in terms of geniuses produced? People are much more aware of those who have contributed to arts and culture such as U2, Riverdance, Bob Geldof, Thin Lizzy (not describing any of them as geniuses), the Undertones and the poets like Joyce and Yeats and writers like Beckett.

We're not nearly so conscious of people who might be contributing hugely to finance or science and technology. Living in Britain, I'm racking my brains to think of geniuses living here today. Stephen Hawking? All of their musical geniuses look dated – Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who . . . perhaps that's the nature of genius – it is rare.

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