The Olympics have been a welcome and wonderful diversion from our national troubles. Ten days of golden success, with the promise of more to come, have left us exhilarated and united in a way that we can scarcely understand. The doomsayers are in retreat, those who ostentatiously timed their holidays to escape London may as well not bother coming back, and we now wonder how we might bottle this exquisite essence of gold, efficiency and jubilation for future use.
If only it could last forever. For most of us, Monday morning is the day we must all get back to work, and the national hangover can already be imagined. For David Cameron, however, the Olympic aftermath promises to be particularly difficult. Like most of the political classes, he will go away shortly for a few weeks of rest, but his preoccupations will follow him. The euro is about to go through another existential upheaval. His parliamentary party is having a fit of the vapours. Defeat in 2015 looks certain. Yet arguably his greatest task is to show that he is not impotent in the face of economic calamity, and that he has an answer to the unprecedented challenge we face.
Ri Sol-Ju, the wife of leader Kim Jong-Un, was pictured accompanying him on a “field guidance trip” to an army unit.
Ri is wearing a white dress with black top and next to her is a small handbag, with the luxury brand’s “D” metal tag.
The clutch bag is popular accessory on the fashion house’s luxury range and is made from “richly quilted lambskin, finished with the signature Dior charm logo in silvertone”.
The bag is on sale in Seoul, South Korea’s capital for 1.8 million won (£1,022), a cost that is equivalent to the average annual income in North Korea.
Photographs, carried by state television and the official news agency, show the couple applauding while seated together watching outdoor art performances by soldiers.
Shortly after a British Airways flight had reached its cruising altitude, the captain announced:
‘Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain. Welcome to Flight 293, non-stop from London Heathrow to Toronto . The weather ahead is good, so we should have a smooth uneventful flight. So sit back, relax and….. OH, MY GOD !‘
Some moments later the captain came back on the intercom.
‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry if I scared you . While I was talking to you, a flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!’
One Irish passenger yelled…
‘For f*#k’s sake …….. You should see the back of mine!!!’