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Strangely enough there’re weren’t any Irish papers or broadsheet papers of record for sale, even a day late, in the shops around Italy’s Lake Garda. Annoyingly, there was nothing else but the tabloids.

Strangely enough there’re weren’t any Irish papers or broadsheet papers of record for sale, even a day late, in the shops around Italy’s Lake Garda. Annoyingly, there was nothing else but the tabloids.

They had puff about Amanda Holden, juxtaposed with health scares, speculation about medical ‘research,’ and amazingly quirky tit-bits. It tells you all you need to know when the quirky tit-bits were the only vaguely memorable bits.

An animal rights group in Australia, called Peta, was outraged that a farm worker had sworn in front of sheep. Like parents and grand-parents everywhere I try to mind my language when the toddler grandson is about but still incur an odd disapproving look from my daughter, Archie’s mother. Here it was being taken to a whole new level. Imagine an Australian farmhand swearing in front of sheep! The farmer, Ken Turner, said he hadn’t had any sheep coming to him to complain but Peta still filed a complaint with the Australian RSPCA.

Then there was the Welshman, 60, jailed for 20 months for dressing up as a paramedic, sticking “emergency response” stickers on his wife’s Renault estate car and roaring around Neath, shooting red lights at over 70 miles an hour. He didn’t even have a driving licence. The moral of that story has to be; if you’re going to drive without a licence, don’t draw attention to yourself.

Still, when I did get up-to-speed at home the local news hadn’t changed much!