Vendors sell flowers at a wholesale flower market in Mumbai, India, today. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP/Press Association Images)
THE THINGS WE LEARNED
#SEXUAL ABUSE: Freddie Starr has been arrested by British police investigating the Jimmy Saville case. According to reports, the English comedian was arrested by police on suspicion of sexual offences.
#SEARCH: Welsh police searching for Irish vet Catherine Gowing have found ‘human remains’. The 37-year-old Offaly woman went missing on 12 October. Clive Sharp, 46, has since been charged with her murder.
#NORTHERN IRELAND: This morning’s shooting of a prison officer in Armagh has been condemned as a “brutal and barbaric” attack. He has since been named as David Black, a father of two from Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
#JOBSWATCH: Following yesterday’s torrent of job losses at Eircom, An Post and JJB Sports, McDonald’s offered some welcome news with the announcement that it will create 700 jobs over the next three years. It already employs 4,054 people in Ireland.
#PAUL KIMMAGE: The journalist and former cyclist has taken legal action against UCI president Pat McQuaid. Writing on twitter, he said he had launched proceedings on behalf of the whistle-blowers who “stood up for truth and the sport they loved”.
#WATCHDOG: Some allowances paid to members of the Gardaí should be subsumed into core pay, Garda representatives told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee today. The committee is examining 108 allowances paid to members of the force.
THINGS WE LOVED
- Did we really dance like that? No. But it looks like the Germans did. Yes, it’s a rave party from 1997. We wonder if Dublin’s Abercrombie & Fitch dancers will be able to offer the same levels of energy in their new Irish store?
- He is the people’s Erinaceinae. The hedgehog who defied all the odds. Trapped in a crisp packet, Crispian, as he has been named, is now thriving at Prickles Hedgehog Rescue Centre. Here are six reasons he became an internet sensation.
THINGS WE SHARED
- They are the clueless luxury apartment dwellers, the bored sadists and knuckle dragging morons who run along the beach in the face of a force gazillion storm. Yes, it’s the 21 types of jerks you meet during a hurricane.
- It’s an odd Irish accent, we’ll give you that. But the narrator perfectly sums up how London Mayor Boris Johnson was driven into calling a group of protesters ’lefty t****s’.