An ex-KGB spy is due to buy London's Evening Standard. Let's see if it's readers notice any change in editorial drive? I suspect not.
On a lighter note, Sophie's just posted off the latest hard copy of A Pinch of Salt to the printers. If you don't get a copy and want one email editor.apos AT googlemail.com.
At 7:17 this morning, on Radio 4, Jonathan Humphreys gave Mark Regev (Israeli spokesman) a spanking. Regev exposed himself as a liar and a fascist - admitting to targetting civilian police and civilian building and to refusing entry to western press agencies accept under Israeli supervision for limited periods but could not defend this decision.