LEARNED THIS WEEK
A special week passes for the city of Manchester. The Stones Roses reform, and sell out 225,000 tickets in less time than it took their favourite football team to annihilate their Old Trafford neighbours, 6-1. Plenty of money talking, in both cases.
Boylesports announces that the Presidential race is all but over and pays out on Michael D Higgins as victor. Weekend polls show that Sean Gallagher enjoys a 12-point lead over the Labour Party man. Who is right? All will be revealed very soon. Even though I think the lavish and unnecessary position should be abolished, it is disappointing to see Mary McAleese leave the post. She has been a fine president and a difficult act to follow.
Westlife are calling it a day (until the reunion) and it has been reported that Mark called enough of the same old same ole, feeling that they have milked the soppy ballad market for long enough. And they did it well. Their solo projects should be interesting; Mark looks like he has the most interesting story to tell.
New Zealand are crowned world rugby champions by the skin of their teeth. Fair play to the French for running the powerhouse so close.
The young lad has a new found affiliation with a tape recorder, and enjoys listening to it before a sleep. The record player should completely blow his mind.