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    The idea of staging another Live Aid concert had been discussed many times, but Bob Geldof always insisted there was no way it was going to happen. And worse than saying no to us all the time, Bob publicly said it wouldn't happen, which was really not helpful. Because, if not a sword of Damocles, it was certainly a threat to governments, and particularly to the British Government, who would feel the full brunt of Live Aid. When Bob said no, you could feel the energy go out of the game.

    --- I'm not sure how to understand "Because, if not a sword of Damocles..."???

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    Re: a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    The idea of staging another Live Aid concert had been discussed many times, but Bob Geldof always insisted there was no way it was going to happen. And worse than saying no to us all the time, Bob publicly said it wouldn't happen, which was really not helpful. Because, if not a sword of Damocles, it was certainly a threat to governments, and particularly to the British Government, who would feel the full brunt of Live Aid. When Bob said no, you could feel the energy go out of the game.

    --- I'm not sure how to understand "Because, if not a sword of Damocles..."???

    cheers
    A sword of Damocles is something bad that's going to happen. (The sword will fall. If you're under it, you will die.) The writer is saying that even it the governments weren't doomed, they were threatened.

    It's a confusing, though, because if Britain would have felt "the full brunt" of Live Aid, it should have felt relieved, not threatened, that the event wasn't going to happen.

    This is not good writing.

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    Re: a sentence

    Thank you for your clarifications Charlie!!!

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