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Here are five things you should pretend to know about this July 4.


Kerry Katona has been dropped as the face of Cash Lady payday loans service after filing for bankruptcy for a second time. A spokesperson for the service said: “Clearly, as a business, we are committed to responsible lending, so it is with sadness that we will not be able to continue using Kerry as the face of Cash Lady.” Kerry previously filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Poor aul Kerry (pardon the pun). 

Breast milk

A domestic staff agency in China is offering human breast milk to wealthy adults. The agency, Xinxinyu in Shenzhen, provides wet nurses for new-born babies, the sick – and adults who are willing to pay a high price for the milk’s nutrition. “Adults can drink it directly through breastfeeding, or they can always drink it from a breast pump if they feel embarrassed,” said the company owner, Lin Jun. Wet nurses providing milk for adult clients are paid about US$2,600 a month, and those who are “healthy and good looking” can earn more.

More feckin’ tapes

This time it’s Rupert Murdoch that’s been caught out. The media mogul was secretly recorded during a meeting with staff at The Sun newspaper and is heard venting his anger at the police investigation into alleged phone hacking and illegal payments to police officials by journalists working for his media company. Rupert describes the treatments of journalists who had been arrested as a “disgrace”. “The cops are totally incompetent,” he says. “It’s the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing.”

Mouse inventor dies

The inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died aged 88. Doug developed the mouse in the ‘60s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, and patented the invention long before its widespread use. He also worked on early versions of email, word processing and video teleconferences.

Grand weather

Finally, get ready to storm Portmarnock beach and the likes this weekend – it looks like we’re in for some good weather over the next week or so.