On the face of it Monday was déjà vu at Stormont with groups of MLAs and newly elected MPs trailing down the staircase in the Great Hall to dough-nut round a party spokesperson speaking to the cameras.
If we have learned nothing else from the events of recent months, it is that politics is an unpredictable business and no one can claim certainty on the will of the people when they are motivated to come out and vote.
It is horrifying that gardaí investigating the murder of a man yesterday found human remains at a fifth separate location in the Wicklow Mountains national park Reports suggested that the latest discovery, made during a massive search operation in one of Ireland's most scenic districts, involved a head in a plastic bag.
Following the barbaric attack at the Manchester Arena which to date has claimed the lives of 22 people many of them children and teenagers, social media has been lit up with SupportManchester and Staystrong trends.
Theresa May, Arlene Foster, Michelle O’Neill, Ruth Davidson and Nicola Sturgeon are so wildly different in views and personality that no woman commentator should surely any longer face the gormless ‘How would you compare A with B?’ To which the only honest answer is ‘I really wouldn’t.
Violence and anti-social behaviour at pub closing times has long been a recognised problem in many of our city and town centres with the police and licensed premises taking steps to address this issue.
Re-elected DUP MPs David Simpson and Jim Shannon began their acceptance speeches with lengthy thanks to God - not in the figurative sense of thanking God the Westminster contest was over, but in the literal sense, as if they had piled up proxy votes from Jesus.
Theresa May's reckless and arrogant decision to call an unnecessary general election showed she had learned absolutely nothing from the downfall of her predecessor, who gambled everything on a referendum on leaving the EU.
With the ‘distraction’ of the general election out of the way (and, at the time of writing, I have no idea how good or bad their day has been) the local parties will be back to Stormont on Monday to see if they can avoid another Assembly election in October.