A round up taking in religion, politics, spooks and laughs:
Children in the north of England top the happiness league table.
According to a report published by Oftsed, northern children have more friends and enjoy far greater emotional security than their counterparts in other parts of the country.
Not so grim after all.
Talking of laughs, what about that George W Bush then? What a funny guy.
We can expect a lot of these in the coming days but The Guardian’s look at the more comedic moments of the Bush presidency is worth a look.
A reminder that the most powerful man in the world has also been a shining example of how we’re all capable of making ourselves look very stupid – although it is amazing how often George W set himself up for a comedy fall.
Another year and another story about recruiting the next generation of spooks.
Over the last decade, this story seems to have surfaced a lot in various guises.
But, apparently, MI6 is trawling for new staff and looking for people with the common touch. So it has granted the media access to some of the normal spies currently working for the security services.
And a “too scary crucifix” has been removed from outside a church in West Sussex to be replaced by a simple stainless steel cross.
Apparently the crucifix, designed in the 1960s by former Royal Society of British Sculptors president Edward Bainbridge Copnall and made out of coal dust and resin, was proving too frightening for youngsters.