In Search of the Pope's Children

In Search of the Pope's Children is an Irish television programme based on the book The Pope's Children, aired by the state broadcaster RTÉ and British broadcaster BBC Four. The programme is a three-part true lives documentary, presented by economist David McWilliams; the show comments on the social attitudes surrounding it. The show is marketed as being sharp and argumentative. McWilliams is credited with being the first economist to predict the 1990s boom in Ireland's economy and he is arguably most famous for his predictions of an Irish property price collapse between 1997 and 2002. McWilliams claims that the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979 coincided with a baby boom which peaked nine months after the visit; these children were born early in 1980, coinciding with the biggest growth of the Irish population since before The Great Famine, 135 years before. He calls these people "the Pope's Children". In the first episode McWilliams "catches up" with the Pope's Children to see how their lives are going, finding out how much they earn, what their spending habits are, as well as how long they work and spend commuting.

The second episode of the series focuses on the property market in Ireland. McWilliams looks at apartments in Dublin city centre selling for over €1 million, talks to people who live in County Meath – part of Dublin's vast commuter belt – and to those who have bought derelict cottages in the west of Ireland. McWilliams follows a group of Irish people to Bulgaria where many of them are buying soon-to-be-built apartments, he meets a Scottish man living in Bulgaria, concerned that rental incomes from the properties will be much lower than the buyers expect. McWilliams asserts that, like many other countries in the past, Ireland is progressing through a well-known seven-stage cycle in the property market, he claims that the market is at the stage preceding a price crash, that it is inevitable that the Irish property bubble will burst. McWilliams finished off the mini-series be stressing the issue of how dependent Ireland's economy is on trade, it discussed how Ireland has gone from being a country with too many people and not enough money to a country of not enough people and too much credit.

According to McWilliams Ireland's physical resources are dominating by the property industry, which forces most foreign investment into intellectually orientated industries. He claims that Ireland has been lucky in the past, he made the claim that 87% of Ireland's exports generated by multinational companies such as Microsoft, Apple Computer, Dell and Google, implying that decisions made in New York boardrooms have a far greater effect on the Irish economy than decisions made in the Dáil. The traditional plan for the future of the Irish economy is to become more and more merged with other European economies and form a single European economy, but McWilliams believes. He predicts that Ireland might get a poor deal out of a future European economy, as the interest rates will rise dramatically. McWilliams suggested an alternative to the traditional plan he suggests that we should become less connected with the EU and create stronger links to China and other economies to overtake the Europe in the future.

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Your Time Has Come

"Your Time Has Come" is a song by the American hard rock band Audioslave. It was released in May 2005 as the second single from their second album Out of Exile. "Your Time Has Come" – 4:15 The song was inspired by the 1980s song "People Who Died," by The Jim Carroll Band, an emotional salute to the casualties of New York drug culture written by poet and singer Jim Carroll, who wrote the autobiographical The Basketball Diaries. As Chris Cornell explained: "It's a bunch of references to people that I knew that... were younger than me who've been dead for years and years, up to a couple of years ago."it is about people who killed themselves before their time has come."The lyrics make a reference to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.. As Cornell has put it: "And just kind of that juxtaposition of though it seems a lot for one person, a young healthy person, to have lost all these friends through various means of stupidity and other things making reference to the Vietnam War Memorial and the sheer numbers of dead.

And remembering that and pointing out that each one of them has a family, each one of them has friends that are sitting around thinking about the same stuff that I did. But the numbers are astounding and, in a sense, kind of criminal, and that's what the song's about." "Your Time Has Come" has received much criticism from Metallica fans, who claim the main guitar riff is copied off of "Bad Seed,", featured on Metallica's 1997 release Reload. The difference is the tuning; the band has not commented on this issue to date. In addition to this, the riff has been compared to "Get on the Snake" by vocalist Chris Cornell's previous band, Soundgarden; the main riff from this song and the verse riff from "Get on the Snake" are similar, apart from a difference in the time signature. The music video for the song consists of powerful scenes from their free live show in Cuba, the first time a rock band from the U. S. played in Cuba. It was held in May 2005, a DVD came out about this concert. Besides the concert footage moments from the life of Audioslave can be seen in the video.

"Your Time Has Come" on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics