The world lay paralysed beneath it. We would be here for some time. Ibrahim Bihi. I am Somali.

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He started in Galway in the late s with indie band Toasted Heretic, and returns this week for the opening of his first play, The Great Goat Bubble details below.

At 15, Gough was asked by a teacher what he wanted to be. That ambition has proven remarkably resilient. Various novels have emerged, to critical acclaim, and his short stories have won awards and gone viral. The Great Goat Bubble at first appears to be a delightfully absurd piece of fiction. Gough, a keen observer of economics, was intrigued by the dotcom bubble of the late s. Shortly after it burst, he happened to read an interview with the air traffic controller for Somalia, then — and still — in a collapsed state with barely any infrastructure.

The controller told of an incident where a goat had wandered on to a runway and been killed by a plane, and its owner had sought compensation from the UN, which ran the airport; under Somali tradition, the compensation would be twice the value of the goat.

The controller refused. What, Gough wondered, might have happened had he paid out? Might the herders have started to herd their goats on to the runways, in expectation of compensation?

Would they have started buying goats, at whatever price, in order to herd them under the planes? In other words, what happens when the value of something is based solely on the expectation of its price in the market instead of on its real utility? The resulting story is a fable about economics, and it should have a bitterly familiar ring for Irish ears. He wrote the narrative for the end of the huge hit Minecraft, and is entranced by the creative potential of digital technology.

See galwayartsfestival. With Glengarry Glen Ross having just finished at the Gate, those seeking a further fix of David Mamet can get it in his provocative play on sexism and political correctness, Oleanna, in a production by Company D. See www. Please do feel free to print out, copy, email, or otherwise distribute The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble to your friends.


Somaliland: The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble

Mudal Someone, somewhere, always had another zero. They go on about domestic energy wastage but walk around any town. In my opinion, the interesting question is not whether we will have functioning global governance — we surely will, and within 50 years. Opening my eyes again, I urged him to continue.


The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble

The play is based on a short story of the same name, which was the first short story ever published in the Financial Times. It takes the form of an encounter between our hero and a Somali economist, Dr Ibrahim Bihi, who has made and lost his fortune in the goat market. As a destitute war refugee, Bihi was inspired to send his last remaining goat out to her death on an airport runway, so as to claim twice her value from the airport manager. Well, careful readers of the FT would have recieved some warning. I refer not to the work of Gillian Tett or Martin Wolf - although both can claim some credit - but to this short story by Julian Gough , an Irish novelist based, which was published in the FT. Mr Gough has now been rewarded - either for his literary flair or his economic insights - by having his story dramatised on BBC Radio 4. The Hollywood movie goes into production next year, although the part of the goat is yet to be cast.

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