Saturday 3 December 2016

Notebook: A look at the week that was

Joseph O'Connor

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

Get a grip: Media remains transfixed by Brangelina’s split. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Get a grip: Media remains transfixed by Brangelina’s split. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

As someone who holds in his heart an enormous affection and respect for the USA, the greatest human experiment in the history of the world, I am watching the American election with mixed emotions, from surprise, to vague unease, to shock, to open-mouthed horror, incomprehension, cold terror and abject denial, to, huh, WTF is going on? The first televised debate between Hillary and the Trumpster this week will surely be unmissable viewing. To borrow a phrase from my late grandmother, I hope she cleans his clock for him.

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In last week's biggest news, an actress is getting divorced from her actor husband 'for the health of the family' and would like total privacy at this difficult time, as her fleet of expensive spokespeople explain throughout the international media, with selective juicy leaks about hubby's failings. Oh, and a television programme in which people bake cakes is moving from one channel to another. It's crucial that we stay grounded by paying these important crises a lot of attention. Otherwise we might lose the run of ourselves completely.

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