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For the weekend that’s in it.

Saturday, December 31, 1988.

In the year Nelson Mandela is awarded the freedom of the City of Dublin in its millennium year and the Lotto went loive, It was also Italy’s first international appearance at full level against one of the home nations.

Little idea in the line-out, no concerted pattern in the ruck or maul and vulnerable in the extreme around the fringes of the scrum..

And that was just the Irish.

Edmund Van Esbeck wrote:

That was a frustrating exercise. There was absolutely nothing in that match to enrich the memory of the occasion. The manner and lack of quality in the Ireland performance was disturbing. There was very little to admire and basically nothing to encourage.


but we have Joe now.


Satirist Beppe Grillo (left) and Silvio Berlusconi, both winners in yesterday’s deadlocked  Italian elections.

Current projections suggest that against all predictions Silvio Berlusconi’s rightwing coalition will dominate the Italian Senate – but Pier Luigi Bersani’s leftwing grouping will end up the biggest in the Chamber of Deputies. The result for Italy seems likely to be gridlock – and perhaps further elections within months. 

Satirist Beppe Grillo has established his Five Star Movement as a political force to be reckoned with as his anti-establishment insurgents seem likely to end up the biggest single party in a political system usually made up of small parties working in coalition. 


“This is a story of anti-austerity and one where most hadn’t expected the anti-austerity /anti-European parties to do anywhere near as well as they have.

“The Italian voter has spoken out and this has thrown up political instability as perhaps the number one issue facing Europe in 2013.”


A stock market analyst this morning.


Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement Becomes Italy’s Election Success Story (Guardian)

Strippers in nun costumes danced in front of Silvio Berlusconi at his villa, a witness Monday told a Milan court where the former Italian prime minister is on trial for allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute.

Model Imane Fadil (second pic) said the first time she went to a party she was given 2,000 euros ($2,600) in cash by Berlusconi, who told her: “Don’t be offended.”

That night she said she saw two young women in nun costumes with “black tunics, white veils and crosses” stripping in front of the then prime minister.

Berlusconi is charged with having sex with an underage prostitute, Karima El-Mahroug (top pic), and then allegedly abusing his powers by getting police to release her when she was arrested for theft so that his crime would not be revealed.

Stripper Nuns Danced For Berlusconi: Trial Witness (AFP)