The Top Ten: Recurring news stories
John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.
Sunday 22 June 2014
Thanks to Is Clutton for the idea. She suggested, 'Last pit pony retires' and 'Previously unheard Nick Drake songs found'. You, dear reader (although possibly not you personally), did the rest. Thank you all. A book of collected Top 10s is to be published by Elliott & Thompson this autumn
1. 'Leaked details of new "Star Wars" film anger fans' Hopi Sen
2. 'American celebrity rumoured to be house-hunting in England' Jemima Lewis
3. '"Panther" spotted in Devon' Judith Williamson, followed by 'Exotic animal not real' Mark Wallacey
4. 'Head teachers call for staggered term times to stop family holiday rip-offs'
5. 'Cat found safe after 700-mile journey in engine compartment of vehicle' Stuart Crawford
6. 'World's oldest person dies' Robert Kaye
7. 'Why can't this country cope with a bit of snow?' Ms Person
8. 'Fifty-five-year library loan returned: library staff amused and no fine levied' Brian Spanner, Andrew Heard
9. 'Ed Miliband calls for full independent public inquiry' Rob Marchant
10. 'Putin says soldiers are not Russian' Dominique Stewart
Next week: Yiddish Words (shlep, kvetch)
Coming soon: Great unremarked changes of our lifetime (such as duvets replacing sheets and blankets in 1970s). Send ideas for future Top 10s, to email@example.com
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot bring itself to forgive
Thatcher ‘was warned of Tory child sex party claims’
Lauren Goodger sex tape: Reality star calls for tougher laws on revenge porn after intimate video leaks online
Israel-Gaza conflict: President Obama presses Netanyahu to call ‘immediate and unconditional’ Gaza ceasefire
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
- 5 Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
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