That Were The Week That Were: March 20, 2011

Welcome to my weekly round up of some of the bits and pieces I’ve found interesting or entertaining online during the past seven days.

It’s a bit of a short list this week because I was away for a couple of days in Holland on a press trip, but the highlights include a wry look at the census, a satirical take on the situation in Libya and some dramatic news about a car being hit by an unidentified rubber object.

So, without any further ado, here…we…go…

Links of the week:

I enjoyed Lucy Mangan’s take on the census in The Guardian yesterday. “Question 17 says, ‘This question is intentionally left blank.’ That’s not a question. And it’s not blank. This is the kind of thing that could undo lesser minds.” Quite. Her suggestions for questions in years gone by are also spot on: “What is the best thing about being Top Nation? Sewers/kedgeree/the ability to impregnate scullery maids with impunity?”

I’m a complete Twitter convert since joining up about a year ago, and Caitlin Moran’s thoughts on the subject in The Times on Saturday certainly rang true: “It’s socialising without all the fag of leaving the house, trying to find a pub or, indeed, getting dressed.”

Tweet of the week:

I believe every self-respecting journalist ought to have a favourite nib (that’s news in brief for those not in the trade and Eleanor Jones). These little snippets of news can either be minor works of genius or the most bizarre non-stories imaginable. My all-time number one is from The Times in December 2007, and it begins: “Bearded and robed Armenian and Greek Orthodox priests fought each other with fists, brushes and iron rods…” Tell me that doesn’t paint a picture.

But they’re not always as spectacular as that bit of religious fisticuffs, as this example from Lucy Crossley, which will be recognisable to anyone who’s ever been under pressure to compile a rack of nibs, so wonderfully demonstrates:

http://twitter.com/#!/RealLCrossley/status/48721262045954048

And finally:

The writers at The Daily Mash have a real talent for cutting to the heart of any news story. This piece on the Libyan civil war articulates in one headline what the backers of intervention in the conflict must be thinking right about now.

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