From Bandon to the BAFTAs and back again. Yesterday Graham Norton returned to the alma mater, “that boxy building on a hill on the way to Clonakilty”, and gave something of a blueprint for navigating the ley lines of youth and growing up.
Those of a certain age — among them veteran Canadian writer Margaret Atwood — may well remember the Eurovision Song Contest of 1969 in which four countries (the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and France) won, the first time a tie had occurred.
Those who believed that Donald Trump might not be a good president for America or an inspiring, reliable partner in the alliances that have sustained the West for decades may feel vindicated. Those who opposed the inevitable chaos of Brexit equally so.
EVERY nation embraces and promotes security-blanket fictions about itself. Creating and sustaining the right image, the winning impression is as important in today’s never-ending struggle to attract foreign investment — jobs and some taxes — as divisions of well-mounted cavalry were when a different kind of imperialism prevailed.