Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.
For 50 years he had patiently led the preservation and continued unearthing of the treasures of Palmyra. In the end it was obvious that the forces of the self-styled Islamic State were coming to take the place. A UNESCO world heritage site proved too good a propaganda opportunity for them ever to miss.
Gratifyingly, with the new season and the new rash of clubs busy censoring the media, the Great Banning Debate is now very much alive. Good.
Football clubs across the UK are banning reporters from their stadiums because they don’t like what’s being reported. Nowhere else in British public life is this tolerated.
There are football clubs in England and Scotland who feel it is perfectly normal to ban any journalist guilty of perpetrating journalism they disapprove of.
Juncker and Merkel saying early today they are confident Athens will do as it is told and as its own leader has negotiated, but the scale of the Greek PM’s U-turn remains breath-taking.
“The most important currency has been lost,” remarked a rueful Angela Merkel on her way into the Eurozone talks today, “and that is trust.”
It is every bit as much about trust as about economics now. Of course, this being Brussels and this being the EU, nobody would ever use a word as straightforward as “trust”.
Seeing our camera and tripod, tourists around St Paul’s and Aldgate constantly approach to ask what is going on. No need for any inquiries a decade ago as the streets fell empty.
Nedzad Avdic survived the Srebrenica massacre that took the lives of 8,000 men and boys. In Serbia, denying his experience is the official policy in and out of schools.
The tabs rave about hot air coming maliciously in ‘from the continent’ where ‘continental air pollution’ will be dragged here resulting in the current mass death threat.