It would be totally remiss of me not to use my column this week to talk about the appalling fire in Grenfell Tower in London which has taken the lives of so many people, so many that no one really knows a final number.
Daniel Day-Lewis has already secured his place in cinema history as the only person to win three best actor Academy Awards, but there will still be enormous regret over the announcement that he has made his last film at the age of 60.
Almost one hundred years after the imposition of partition and the denial of national democracy to the people of this country the implications of both continue to set the political agenda for all the parties in Ireland and Britain.
The potential meeting of Celtic and Linfield next month in a qualifying tie for the European Champions League has attracted considerable interest, and, if confirmed, can be expected to attract large attendances over both legs.
Walking along a sunny Cheyne Walk in London I heard that Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron had announced his resignation citing the incompatibility of his Christian faith with the leadership of his party.
As he settles into the job, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will keep a close eye on developments in the north but the key day-to-day role on behalf of the Irish government will be carried out by the new minister for foreign affairs, Simon Coveney.
Well, wasn’t that an interesting election? We now appear to have a Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force (UCUNF) government at Westminster led by Theresa May, albeit with the DUP usurping the UUP’s role.
The DUP's deal with the Conservative government puts a new light on the election result, increases the chances of Stormont's resurrection and presents a fresh challenge for Sinn Féin's political strategy.