I will never get back the hour I spent on Saturday night watching Jimmy's Hall, the latest film by legendary director Ken Loach. This particular punter walked before the end of the moving and inspiring portrait of Irish communist and activist Jimmy Gralton and his battles with the church -- represented by Bishop "Kicking him up the arse" Brennan from Father Ted. One expects to make an occasional bad film choice. But it's hard not to blame the Guardian for publishing an online "review" of this pedantic bit of socialist realism that it turns out was paid for by the film's production company.
Since Monday I have been closely following the trial against Anders Behring Breivik. It has simply been impossible to avoid seeing the pictures and footage of the Norwegian mass murderer smiling with satisfaction before his deeds were read out or the headlines “I would do it again”. It has been the top story in most of the Scandinavian media outlets for the fourth day now.