Like most during these last, terrible days I have been transfixed by the unfolding drama around the Charlie Hebdo massacre – horrified by events and fearful of what may be to come in Europe. This afternoon, however, the images of 1.5 million marching in Paris are breathtaking and heartening. And nearly a million more have joined rallies in towns across France.
A social worker on the Paris rally
And there have been more rallies in towns and cities across Europe, including Istanbul. In Cairo, members of the Egyptian journalist syndicate raised pens at a Charlie Hebdo gathering (though it should be pointed out that in Egypt 16 journalists, including three from al-Jazeera, are in jail. The al-Jazeera journalists have been held since December 2013 for ‘spreading false news’ and ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’.
I wanted to gather together some (fairly random) thoughts provoked by the events of the last few days, and…
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‘Social media gives young players a profile. It makes them well known. Maybe just in one small circle of people but it’s still something they aspire to. They don’t find it odd that they’re sharing bits and pieces of their lives with everyone on the back of it. It’s the complete opposite actually.
It’s amazing how different the generations are. I was talking to a former Kerry player, there a while back and he couldn’t fathom the whole thing. He saw a tweet from a player one night that said something like, “Laying up for the night drinking tea and icing my hamstring.”
My man was scathing. “A nation holds its breath,” he said.
But that’s just how players are now. And the upshot of it is that nothing an intercounty player or manager or team does these days ever happens in private. Because everybody is so keen to share every little bit of their lives, every little thing gets out to the wider public.’