My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense from the last seven days –
if it’s news to me, it must be news to you!
Close-up of the week: The Daily Mail published this photo supposedly showing a plane making an emergency landing over the heads of holidaymakers on the Caribbean island of St Maarten.
In fact this happens many times a day since the airport is just half a mile away as a Google image search demonstrates.
Crisis of the week: There is a shortage of the nation’s favourite biscuits following the floods in January as the McVitie’s factory in Carlisle struggles to produce ginger nuts, custard creams, bourbons, water biscuits and those little packets of shortbread you find in hotel rooms. Very worrying and all too reminiscent of the Great Fig Roll Crisis of ’08.
Greasy pole of the week: Ted Cruz steals a march on his rivals in the Republican popularity poll in the Iowa primaries. So things are looking good for gun freaks, pro-life lobby and big business and bad for the environment, same-sex marriage, climate change and the rest of the world. But can Cruz really become president if he was born in Canada?
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton just about edges it over Bernie Sanders and the world shrugs its shoulders.
Angry poll of the week: Politicians on both sides will need to cash in on growing public disaffection. In a CNN/ORC opinion poll, more than two-thirds of Americans describe themselves as either ‘very angry’ or ‘somewhat angry’ with the way things are going. Of course, never to be outdone, the Trumpster declares himself ‘very, very angry’.
‘Lesson learned?’ of the week: Thirty years on from Challenger, a reminder of how bad we can be at assessing risk, not to mention the brilliance of Richard Feynman.
Brief lives: Veteran broadcaster and national treasure, Sir Terry Wogan; Joe Alaskey, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester; Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind and Fire; Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon and who set up the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which aimed to support ‘individual and collective transformation through consciousness research’.
And Lord Lucan is finally, finally declared dead.