Men's health: a bi-monthly magazine of that name is launched on Wednesday, containing "tons of useful stuff". Tomorrow, the magazine helps to launch the Men's Health Awareness Campaign, aimed to encourage men to visit their GPs regularly and to highlightthe need for preventative health screening.
Virgins: Friday is St Agnes' Eve, when, according to Keats, "Young virgins might have visions of delight", St Agnes being their patron saint. The advice to young virgins in Aubrey's Miscellanies (1696) is that they should say the Lord's Prayer, stick a pin into the sleeve of their nightshirt and they'll dream of the person they are to marry.
Tom Cruise: when the author Anne Rice heard that Cruise was to play the lead in Neil Jordan's film of her novel Interview with the Vampire (opening Friday), she spat blood, but now she is so enamoured of his work that she took out an eight-page ad in Variety magazine to praise the film. Cruise will be grinning even more if the box-office reception is as good here; after a good first weekend in the US, where it took $35m (£24m), it has been looking less than a blockbuster.
Anthony Blunt: the old spy may find himself posthumously rehabilitated, at least for his art criticism. His monograph on Poussin is republished on Thursday to coincide with the Royal Academy's new exhibition.
George Burns: who will be 99 on Friday. But then, as he will doubtless quip himself, any day he doesn't wake up in a pine box qualifies as a good one.
a bad one for ... Women priests: opponents of women priests within the Church of England continue their guerrilla resistance with a report launched today, advising patrons (who have the right to choose vicars) how to avoid choosing a woman. ... Lift up the cassock and look?
Derek Lewis: ... yet again. On Wednesday, the director-general of the prison service is scheduled to give evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on the performance of the said service.
Felipe Gonzalez: the Socialist prime minister of Spain will be struggling to persuade the electorate that he is fit to govern and that a trail of sleaze and scandals afflicting the country does not lead to his door. But, according to an opinion poll carried out last week, Spaniards simply don't believe him.
Brightlingsea: if plans go ahead for the attempted export of calves through its port, residents of the Essex town (eight miles south-east of Colchester on the B1029, if you're passing that way) had better start barricading their windows now. Protesters, journalists and cameramen will be looking to make it this week's Shoreham by Sea.
The Pope: despite ill-health, he begins the week in Papua New Guinea, flies on to Australia on Wednesday (there are beatifications to be performed in both), and leaves 48 hours later for Sri Lanka, where he has to give an address on arrival. The Vatican'
s Air Miles account now rivals its holding in Renaissance art.
The Welsh Rugby Team: decimated by injury, from their captain Ieuan Evans down, they have the dubious distinction of opening their Five Nations campaign in Paris, where they have not won for 20 years.Reuse content