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The fiasco of Garth Brooks's cancelled Croker gigs carries echoes of the moving statues brouhaha of the summer of 1985 – in more ways than we might like to admit.

20th July, 2014
Garth Brooks: acutely aware of his Irish fanbase's appreciation. Picture: Getty

Garth Brooks has been to 2014 what moving statues were to 1985. Okay, he’s a more secular focus for our attention, but the timing is the same.

Back in 1985, which was the main year of Moving Statue Mania, the first reports of wobbling plaster religious icons came on Valentine’s Day. But the heyday of the phenomenon did not really occur until the months of July and August, precisely the same slow-moving season as we...

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