It was impossible to get away from the release of Larry Murphy last week, with the tabloids plastering his face on the front page every day. The 'beast'-baiting coverage ended in a mob of people outside a hostel in Coolock where they thought Murphy was staying (he wasn't.) Sky News picked up on the coverage and Irish feminist blog The Anti Room also added their two cents. Over on Facebook, dozens of badly-spelt comments flooded anti-Murphy groups.
Ryanair was urged to review its procedures when a three-year-old girl fell through a gap between the handrail and the platform of steps when boarding a flight at Stansted, London. The Irish satirical blog Broadsheet.ie decided to go for the headline 'O'Leary Throws Toddler Off Flight To Lighten Plane Load'.
After an international outcry saw a woman sentenced to stoning on an adultery charge in Iran get a brief reprieve, her case returned last week. The woman was tortured for two days before appearing on state television admitting to a new charge of conspiracy to murder for which she can be sentenced to death. Her lawyer expressed grave concerns about how the 'confession' was extracted and what punishment she will be dealt. It is thought the 'confession' was scripted as the woman spoke about western propaganda and interference in her case.
A 6ft 2in model who auditioned for America's Next Top Model shocked the judges with her minuscule waist which was so small judge Jay Alexander's hands could fit around it. Swatting off a debate about weight, judge Tyra Banks said "There's something about her I quite like." Is size -1 the new size 0?
Confusion reigns online over Google's proposed 'net neutrality' legislation in the US. This would allow regulators to fine ISPs if they gave priority to one type of internet traffic over another on fixed-line internet, thus creating a more open web. However, details have emerged about a deal Google may strike with telecom giant Verizon to make wireless internet exempt from such legislation. This has sparked endless conspiracy theories about Google's plans for the future of the internet and what level of control it wishes to exert.
Jennifer Aniston found herself at the nasty end of a rant from reactionary broadcaster Bill O'Reilly following comments she made on the back of promoting her new film The Switch, a comedy about a woman who 'turns to a turkey baster' in order to become pregnant. Aniston said: "Women are realising it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," a remark O'Reilly called "destructive to society... Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad." Ouch!
A group of Irish nuns showed they were more than business savvy as they prepared to sue Morgan Stanley after losing €6m on a bond investment. When the value of their bonds in a hybrid structured euro constant maturity notes investment were downgraded, Morgan Stanley allegedly reneged on a promise to sell them on if they depleted in value. Who said the Church was materialistic?
On Thursday night, heads were turned to the sky as people awaited glimpses of what was meant to be a spectacular meteor show. Twitter pounced into action tracking meteors and alerting fellow twitterers to what they were seeing. In many parts of the country, partial cloud thwarted a decent nighttime show, but as ever photos and video popped up almost instantly.
The pope shows that it's apparently harder to get fired from the Church than it is from anywhere else by refusing to accept the resignation of two Irish bishops, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field, who stepped down in the wake of a harrowing report on child abuse by clergy members in Dublin. Clearly the 'P' in P45 doesn't stand for 'priest'.
Disney World is being sued by a woman who claims Donald Duck molested her. The woman wants $200,000 (€156,000) in damages after the pants-less cartoon character allegedly grabbed her breasts while she was waiting for an autograph.