Peru drug arrest: We shouldn't judge Michaella simply on her age or looks
Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid were part of the drugs trade. The facts are clear. They flew from their homes in Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively to holiday in Ibiza, took a flight to Peru, boarded an internal flight to a notorious drug region and were caught with 34 packages of drugs in their luggage at Lima airport.
Why Sarah Ferguson deserves second chance with Prince Andrew
The word "charming" isn't frequently used nowadays. If at all it will be in a sarcastic manner.
Why Michaella isn't the only victim of lethal drug trade
In one way, the case of Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly is an extraordinary one. Michaella vanishes off the face of the earth, sparking an international search and appeal. Then she turns up on a different continent and a whole ocean away arrested for drug smuggling with Scottish pal Melissa Reid. Sensational, jaw-dropping, pitiful.
Like JFK, Di is steeped in myth and legend...
As we near the 16th anniversary of her death in that Paris underpass, Diana, Princess of Wales, still remains front page news.
Hateful stuff, but Corrie actor just took rap for bigger stars
Quite why all the outrage about Chris Fountain?
Despite flare-ups, this place is getting better all the time
Anyone looking in on Northern Ireland recently would be forgiven for thinking there was some kind of communal psychosis under way. The news – with its online commentators and pundits – has swung from crazed levels of "positivity" about everything ordinary that happens to equally crazed levels of apocalyptic doom-mongering about everything unpleasant, however small.
It's a case of Danny boy, not man for Cipriani
There's stupid. Then stupider. And then there's Danny Cipriani ...
Advertising gura Saatchi isn't that great at selling himself
For someone who made his name in advertising, Charles Saatchi seems amazingly inept when it comes to the break-up of his marriage.
Ruth Patterson and Castlederg parade: pretend you are the other side
Let me go over a few basic lessons for those slow at the back. This thing isn't called a peace 'process' for nothing. We aren't going to wake up one day and find, hey, it's all over. The business of 'peace' is about constant, daily, persistent acts of self-control. Yes, there is a reservoir of pain and hurt and fury and disappointment and frustration and grief big enough to drown Europe. We all know this.
It's so elementary for Eamonn Holmes
When the going gets tough, you send for the best ... So no wonder bosses of the ailing Daybreak are reportedly trying to lure Eamonn Holmes with a £750,000 contract to replace Aled Jones.
Simon Cowell not such a baby when it comes to the ladies
No misogynist cliché is left unturned when it comes to Lauren Silverman, the married woman expecting Simon Cowell's baby.
Let's expose those sad, women-hating late-night typists
There is a furore under way because Twitter, the social media platform, has apparently failed to deal with reported 'rape threats' over a 48-hour period against Caroline Criado-Perez, delivered via her Twitter account. This is the person – journalist, blogger, feminist and woman – whose campaign for greater representation of women on banknotes led to the announcement that Jane Austen will adorn the Bank of England tenner from 2017.
Dignified, open and brave, Daniel and Majella O'Donnell continue to inspire
Daniel and Majella O'Donnell are truly a class act.
Leave Freddie Mercury's private life alone
Sasha Baron Cohen has – to use film parlance – walked from the high-profile biopic of Queen legend Freddie Mercury, reportedly citing 'creative differences' with band members who hold final veto over the manuscript.
Why ambitious and attractive women like The Apprentice winner Leah Totton are still target
Inevitably within hours of Leah Totton triumphing on this year's The Apprentice, the sneers, cat-calls and put-downs began. According to her many detractors, she was allegedly too inexperienced to run a Botox clinic, was deserting the NHS and was too attractive.
Thoughts of Diana not far away amidst royal baby celebrations
She has barely featured in any of the finger-in-the-ears, head-sunk-into-a-cushion rolling news coverage. Which is surprising, really, given the reporters' increasingly roccoco efforts to stretch out their one news line – young woman giving birth to future king – into hour upon hour of television.
How hysteria about sunshine leaves me hot under the collar
I like a spot of good weather as much as anyone else, but if anything would make me glad to see the back of it, it's the hysteria with which I'm being told every hour of every day that the sun is set to continue shining.
Don't rain on your man's attempts to keep cool in heat
It will be socks with sandals. Or football tops. Shorts of any sort. Shoes with no socks. Moonboot trainers. Tracksuit bottoms with loose elastic waistbands. Vests that are, in fact, vests. Old Speedoes reappearing on Portstewart strand. A washed-out T-shirt bearing the legend Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Katie Hopkins hits wrong note on Katherine Jenkins
Over the past few days I've gone through what some politicians like to term "an agonising reappraisal" in regard to the Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins.
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An Ohio man has been accused by a grand jury of raping and strangling a nine-year-old girl whose body was found in a rubbish bin at the mobile home park where they were neighbours.
Mother and son share soldiering
While most soldiers in Afghanistan will spend Christmas Day missing their loved ones, one mother and son will be spending it just a stone's throw from each other in Helmand province.
Police probe Nigella coke admission
Police are to review TV cook Nigella Lawson's admission that she took cocaine.
Cockerill confirms Flood exit new
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill is confident of signing a top replacement for Toby Flood after confirming the club captain will leave at the end of the season.
Ugly's beautiful for Hunter new
Forwards coach Rob Hunter hailed an "ugly" victory as Exeter ended a run of five defeats in all competitions and moved up to fifth place in the Aviva Premiership with a 16-3 victory over Newcastle.
Booth sees a happy home new
Bath's sumptuous Farleigh House base is "a happy place to be" said first team coach Toby Booth after they registered an 11th straight win, their fifth in the Aviva Premiership,.
Beyonce: My fear over album success
Beyonce has revealed she had her doubts minutes before her new album's surprise release, despite all the hard work she put in on the songs and videos.
Quirke to watch show with old pals
Pauline Quirke has revealed she is planning to watch the first episode of Birds Of A Feather's new series with her castmates Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph.
Morrissey: Extras became bodyguards
David Morrissey has revealed how the extras in new drama The 7. 39 became like bodyguards as they filmed on location at Waterloo station.