The week that was
Quote the week: “Almost ran backwards up an escalator when I saw this lot at the airport — our incredible Football Ferns Under-17 team . . . thanks for indulging me with a photo”. Prime Minister Jacinda
Reports of my death have been exaggerated — again: Last week is was Spanish footballer Fernando LaFuente reported dead when when he was in fact alive. Now it’s former Black Caps cricket Nathan McCullum who was supposed to have crossed over. McCullum seemed to take the whole fake death notice in good spirits (boom, boom) while his brother Brendon vowed vengeance. And, following up last week’s snippet, when Ballybrack FC reported LaFuente had died in a traffic accident . . . well naturally word filtered through to LaFuente himself who told RTE Radio: “My work started sending me all these news articles — that's how I found out I was dead.”
He said what?: There’s been a fair bit written about former US President George H W Bush, who died this week, including what an excellent sportsman he was. What we didn’t know is the Bush claimed to have invented the phrase “You da man” in praise of Houston Astros batter Rusty Staub. True or not, it’s not quite up there with Al Gore claiming he invented the internet.