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LYNDA BRYANS: Pouring cold water on ice bucket challenge

Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon has become the latest high profile name to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge at City Hall in Belfast. with the help of Conor Grimes and Alan Mckee.  Photo M T Hurson/Harrisons

Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon has become the latest high profile name to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge at City Hall in Belfast. with the help of Conor Grimes and Alan Mckee. Photo M T Hurson/Harrisons

 

First it was the ‘no make up selfie’. Now we have taken our appetites for self-publicity to a whole new level with the ice bucket challenge.

You’ve probably heard of it. If not, ask somebody under the age of 20 as it’s all over the internet.

A host of celebrities have posted videos of themselves or others being soaked with a bucket of cold water, all in the name of ‘cheridee’ (charity) and to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease, although locally some cancer charities have benefitted through the fundraising initiative. People are supposed to make a donation after doing their stunt – and to give considerably more if they decline the challenge. (Ah, but do they?)

I think it began in America (where else?) but name a celebrity and it’s a cert they’ll have participated. I’ve seen videos of Justin Timberlake, former President George Bush, Victoria and David Beckham, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Simon Cowell, Kylie Minogue, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc, etc, – they’re all at it.

One of the worst has to be Emily Blunt, whose partner yells “ice bucket challenge!” before dumping a bucket of water on her head. She, by the way, has just got out of the car, apparently just back from the supermarket and with a big grocery bag under each arm, all of which gets soaked through, as she protests in mock shock and anger. I thought her acting was better than that.

The thing about all these celebs is they live in places like LA and Florida or just happen to be on a beach in the sunny Caribbean, where of course, being doused in cold water mightn’t be so bad – we could all do with cooling off in temperatures like that.

Here in Northern Ireland though, where all you have to do is step outdoors on an August Bank Holiday Monday to be drenched in seconds, having a pail full of icy water dumped on you isn’t all that appealing a prospect.

Still, many local people have stepped up to the water mark including the now slim line Stephen Nolan. Have you seen him recently? The boy’s looking good after shedding stones.

Eager to show off his new figure no doubt, Stephen is threatening to allow his old adversary Gregory Campbell to douse him. And no doubt Gregory will take great pleasure in doing so. Mind you, he’ll have to be good with his precision and accuracy, now there’s considerably less of Stephen to aim at.

I have been nominated by Upper Bann MLA Joanne Dobson (thanks, chum) who also threw down the challenge to a number of others including weatherman Frank Mitchell. I can think of a willing volunteer in my house who might like to help Frank with that one. (Well, if Gregory Campbell can throw a bucket of water over Stephen Nolan…)

Call me a wet blanket, but I’m bored already with the ice bucket challenge.

Still, what’s a girl to do when nominated, but answer the call, in the spirit of ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’.

So I will take up the challenge, fully clothed, since summer is well and truly over, and in doing so, I nominate all of the rest of the people in Northern Ireland who haven’t yet participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge. There must be at least 10 of you left. It has to be done. It’s practically the law.

And now can we get on with quietly putting money into a collection box like we used to do?

 

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