Melina M’Poy (Nala) Gugwana Dlamini (Rafiki) and Johnathan Andrew Hume as (Simba) pictured at the launch of The Lion King musical at the Project arts centre in Dublin. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
THINGS WE LEARNED
#IRISH AID: Ireland has suspended direct aid to the Ugandan government after it was revealed that up to €4m may have been misappropriated. An investigation has been launched by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, after the Auditor General of Uganda said the Office of the Prime Minister was under investigation.
#IMF: The head of the IMF’s mission to Ireland has called on European leaders to follow up on commitments to break the link between sovereign and banking debts. Failure to help recapitalise Irish banks from the Eurozone’s new bailout fund, the ESM, would put Ireland’s return to markets at risk.
#AGE: The Department of Health ‘illegally’ put an age limit on the disability allowance, according to the Ombudsman. Emily O’Reilly’s report also noted that the Department was aware that not allowing people aged 66 and over to apply for the Mobility Allowance Scheme is an illegal condition. The government says it is considering legal advice over the issue.
#DIVORCE: Josef Fritzl, who kept his daughter in a basement for 24 years and, through repeated rape fathered seven children with her, has divorced his wife. He said she failed to visit him. According to reports, she also refused to reply to any of his letters.
#ALL-STARS: This years GAA Football All-Stars have been revealed. And with little surprise, Donegal features heavily in the list. Here they are in pictures.
A Rolling Stones fan who named himself Patrice, 55, and who claims he has seen 54 Rolling Stones concerts, shows the tickets he bought for Thursday night’s concert in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The Rolling Stones announced a surprise “warm-up gig” in Paris, and within an hour the Champs Elysees was swarming with fans hoping to get satisfaction with one of the 350 tickets for the Thursday night show. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
THINGS WE LOVED
- Yesterday, Donald Trump offered to donate US$5m to charity if Barack Obama released his college records and gave over his passport applications and records. The offer fell flat, with David Letterman offering US$5m if Trump released “that thing on your head. But perhaps the best response came from Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert… (Warning: not for immature audiences!)
- With less than two weeks to go before election day in the US, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are focusing on key toss-up states such as Ohio and Florida. But what would they US election map look to unreconstructed bigots? via LA Times
THINGS WE SHARED
- With plans to shut 75 stores, the Argos catalogue looks like it may be on the way out. In January, the company will begin testing out a smaller catalogue.
- This guide on how to eat a Triceratops, apparently inspired by an examination of bones left behind after a T-Rex got at one. (Hint: it starts by pulling off their heads.)
- As Halloween tricks go, this is a pretty good one. But for adults only. Unless you’re really cruel. (via Boing Boing)