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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 44. On Luck.

If you’ve heard the phrase “the luck of the Irish,” don’t believe a word of it.

We’re not known for our tennis stars (unlike Spain, Great Britain, the U.S. and even bloody Switzerland), but when one of our own qualifies for the main draw at the U.S. Open and earns a chance to play World No.1 Novak Djokovic, the makings of a David and Goliath story are clear and present.

Until, that is, a dose of food poisoning rather than a forehand lob fells poor Conor Niland. If it wasn’t for bad luck, some of us would have no luck at all.


On This Day…10 September

It’s Fruity Friday, people. Grab yourself a banana and get some carbs into ye! Have two – they’re small.

Today, Her Ladyship and I head up to Athlone for a weekend break. God knows we need one. But don’t worry your little heads. I have the weekend’s posts of On This Day scheduled and ready to go. Watch this space.

When you’ve finished watching this space, you will learn that on this day in…

1509 – An earthquake known as “The Lesser Judgment Day” hits Istanbul. Whoever called it that had a wicked sense of humour.

1798 – At the Battle of St. George’s Caye, British Honduras defeats Spain. Fernando Torres missed a penalty in the 90th minute to level the tie.

Simon Bolivar PERUses his domain. Pardon the pun, please.

1823 – Simón Bolívar is named President of Peru.

1939 – World War II: The submarine HMS Oxley is mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and becomes the Royal Navy’s first loss. Bad luck, old chaps!

1972 – The United States suffers its first loss of an international basketball game in a disputed match against the Soviet Union at Munich, Germany.

2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland. Whatever it was it was supposed to do, it’s still doing it…I think.

Happy birthday to:

Jose Feliciano, the blind Latin American singer is 65.

Marian Keyes, bestselling Irish author, is 47.

Colin Firth, Mr. D’arcy from the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is 50.

And Johnny Fingers, formerly of The Boomtown Rats, is 54.

You might know this song, as well as recognising a certain young Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof…