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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:255
  1. Liam Farrell

    In Ireland we have a thing called “craic.” It is a bit hard to define; loosely, it means having fun with friends, with the preferred, though optional, elements of wild music and what Sean Thornton would have called “black beers.” It classically, therefore, occurs in a public house, but really it can happen anywhere: on a Sunday morning out for a walk, during lunch at work, at a funeral, or a-sitting on a gate watching the world go by.

    The one constant factor is that it must be spontaneous; planned craic is a dead duck. You may assemble all the desirable ingredients—Friday night after …

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