Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.
Again, the trial of Oscar Pistorius highlights many aspects of wider South African society in ways which are of significance far beyond the courtroom and who did what to whom and why.
Not least the issue of televising courts, which is slowly but surely permeating our legal system, too. At least one major legal case has already been in front of cameras in Scotland, for instance, as a (no pun intended) trial. It is creeping up on us.
I remain firmly opposed to this, and it seems to me that the current unfolding mess in South Africa serves only to underline some of the reasons why.
Black Talons had such a bad press – even for a bullet – that their manufacturer stopped selling them to the public. Now the Pistorius trial sees them resurrected.
Oscar Pistorius certainly divides opinion. And no, I am not talking about whether he is a murderer or not. I’m talking about why we care – if we do care – about this case.
With the crisis in Ukraine sweeping all headlines before it, it is hard to recall that the reason John Kerry ever stepped on to a plane to Europe in recent days was for Afghanistan.
Here at Channel 4 News we try hard to keep the plight of people in the Central Africa Republic on the radar – and Monday’s UN report makes for sobering reading.
Putin is no salesman for democracy – but for now “big bad Russia”, “big nasty Putin” and “poor heroic Ukraine” look a little too simplistic to me.
A lot of folk wish to know why Hector the Taxman is expending considerable sums of our dosh to pursue Rangers FC over alleged mass tax avoidance.
And so the lawyers have gathered in Edinburgh and the so-called Rangers big tax case begins another round.
It is quite natural, right and proper that in the immediacy of what is happening in the UK, from politicians down, it is helping people out with flooded homes that comes top priority.