THE PRIME MINISTER HAS DENIED BEING PART OF A MEDIA CONSPIRACY
He says there was "no grand deal" with Rupert Murdoch
Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that he made "no grand deal" with Rupert Murdoch to allow the News Corp boss to buy BSkyB in exchange for support in his papers. "The idea there was some grand bargain between me and Rupert Murdoch – that is just not true," Cameron told Andrew Marr on his BBC1 programme. He admitted regretting going to a Christmas party at the home of former News International chief exec Rebekah Brooks, but denies having any "inappropriate conversations with anyone about this". There's still plenty of time for Cameron to get some egg on his face, as Brooks has said she is willing to surrender all her text messages and emails with the prime minister as the Leveson inquiry into links between the government and media continues.
THEY'RE GONNA PUT ROCKETS ON SOME PEOPLE'S ROOFS
To help stop the Olympics getting bombed
The Ministry of Defence will be fitting high-velocity rockets to the roofs of properties in London near the Olympic Park. They are doing this to protect the site of this summer's Games from airborne terrorist attacks.
Ten soldiers will be manning the rockets during the Games, and they're gonna start installing them this week at the Lexington Building apartment complex in Bow.
Several other locations will be chosen to host the rockets before the Olympics starts in July.
THE BRITISH RICH LIST IS OUT
Are you on it?
The Sunday Times published its annual Rich List this weekend, and despite the global financial crisis the rich people who live in the UK are getting richer. The combined wealth of the 1,000 people on the list grew nearly five percent to more than £414bn, which is the highest it's ever recorded. The top three places in the list are occupied by foreign magnates. A guy named Lakshmi Mittal was top, even though the steelmaking company he owns had a bad year and his own personal wealth fell from £17.5bn to £12.7bn. Uzbek Alisher Usmanov came in at second and Roman Abramovich was third. The richest British-born person was the Duke of Wellington at seventh place, and the richest woman was a former Miss UK named Kirsty Bertarelli, who shares a £7.4bn fortune with her husband (pictured).
TWENTY-ONE BRITISH CANNABIS FACTORIES DIE EVERY DAY
The people of Yorkshire sure do love a smoke
British police reckon they found more than 21 weed factories every day in 2011. That totals up at 7,865, which means that the number of discoveries have doubled in the last four years. The area with the most cannabis farms per 100,000 people is South Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire's second on the list with 42.
LOOKS LIKE ROY HODGSON'S GONNA BE THE NEW ENGLAND MANAGER
He's said he wants to do it and now he's been asked to
The Football Association are going to ask Roy Hodgson if he'll be the next full-time manager of the England football team. The two parties will sit down today and try to figure it all out, but there don't seem to be any obstacles at this stage. When the subject's come up before, Hodgson has said he would consider getting the England job a "tremendous honour", and the FA say they haven't approached anyone else. Hodgson does currently manage West Brom, but his contract runs out in June so there'd be no need to pay any compensation. The 64-year-old has had a long and interesting management career, which began in Sweden with Halmstad, and has included spells at Neuchatel Xamax, Blackburn, Inter, Fulham and Liverpool, as well as previous international jobs with Finland, Switzerland and the UAE. He'll probably get a lot of shit from people who would have preferred to see Harry Redknapp take over from Fabio Capello and lead England at Euro 2012. Sport
LUIS SUAREZ MADE A NEW FRIEND
And a couple of Norwich supporters embarrassed themselves
A Liverpool ran onto the pitch to congratulate Luis Suarez after the Liverpool forward had completed his hat-trick against Norwich with a 55-yard lob. He then got abused by a bunch of bitter Norwich fans and wanked at them in retaliation, before baring his arse to his mates in the Liverpool section as he was led away by police.