The news for last week (abridged)

Bill Clinton and Liz Hurley pictured at a charity ball.
Bill Clinton and Liz Hurley pictured at a charity ball.
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The news can have a humorous element even if it’s disturbing.

If Bill Clinton and Liz Hurley didn’t have an affair, it’s a shame.

Rupert Murdoch and his ex-wife Wendy Deng.

Rupert Murdoch and his ex-wife Wendy Deng.

It was a great story - while it lasted - particularly what the president is alleged to have said to the actress. “Listen, Elizabeth, this is the president. I don’t have time for this s***. I’m keeping the world from nuclear war all the time. I’m sending a plane to pick you up,” said the reports. The man who made the claims has since retracted them.

Then there was that breathless note Tony Blair’s friend Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng is supposed to have written. Wendi writes about how much she’s missing Blair. She admires his body, his legs his “butt” and his skin. It was almost as cringe inducing as John McCririck in his underpants on the Nolan Show. Incidentally, with so many trying to arrest Blair for war crimes, Wendi would have made a great minder. We know she packs a serious left-hook.

Last week, the Winter Olympics began with 12 new events. All of them involve going downhill fast. It’s like the fun we had back in the 60s when we had decent snowfall and little traffic on urban hills. Wouldn’t it be more impressive if they had some Olympic events going uphill? We also heard about the low numbers of northerners now attending universities in the Republic. In particular, Trinity College once attracted many Derry people. The graduates’ association here has been campaigning on the issue for years. I, personally, feel privileged to be a Trinity man.