If the Queen's Christmas Day speech is just a public relations exercise for the medieval superstition that monarchs are superior to the rest of us, her New Year's honours are a more hands-on attempt to keep us in the Dark Ages.
Police searching for documents on Loughinisland documentary, No Stone Unturned, seized an entire media organisation’s journalistic material, including sensitive interviews with sex abuse victims, it has emerged.
My goodness me, it's been a weird year: the sort of year which is manna for freelance columnists and commentators, yet the sort of year you'd like to say goodbye to, safe in the knowledge that it was just a blip.
The investigation into the multiple murders allegedly committed by the MI5 agent known as Stakeknife has - much to the frustration of the detective tasked with leading it - been treated with a degree of scepticism.
If the stakes were not so high for the people of Ireland and Britain it would be an enjoyable experience watching the British prime minster, Theresa May, scuttling around Europe begging for help for her Brexit plan, only to be shown the door.