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Dublin: -2°C Sunday 11 April 2021

What we learned this weekend: which Ireland rugby player is a Wikileaks fan?

Eric Cantona advocates a run on the banks while Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall has arithmetic problems of his own.

Image: CROFT/PA Archive/Press Association Images

1. Never underestimate the number of women with whom Mick Hucknall has slept

Muzak-peddling, ginger Manchester United fan Mick Hucknall apologised to the ‘more than 1,000 women’ he bedded – to use that grubby tabloid term -  over a 36-month period in the 1980s.

Today however, the newspaper have, gloriously, corrected that tally:

“Due to an editing error we said that Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall slept with more than 1,000 women in a three-year period during the mid-80s.

That was meant to be more than 1,000 a year, based on his estimate of an average of three such encounters a day, as stated elsewhere in our stories (A new flame: Hucknall apology to 1,000 women he bedded, page 19, 3 December; ‘I feel a bit like the antichrist’, page 3, Film & Music).

2. Jamie Heaslip is a strong advocate of transparency

The Leinster man had a busy weekend.

Between tweeting from the Arcade Fire gig at the O2 last night (“great warm up by vampire weekend,can’t wait for the main thing now!”) and lamenting Mary Byrne’s x Factor demise (“Poor old Mary Byrne! loved her, hope she gets a contract! now other things to worry about, ice and the budget!”), he admitted that he came down the Wikileaks side of any ethical argument.

He wrote:

Loving Julian Assange and the work he’s doing!

3. G-Mac has cojones

We’ve talked about this already today. But what a guy. And he got to top up on that Radio Luxembourg accent while he was out there.

4. Peyton Manning may miss the play-offs

The playoff picture got a little clearer in Week 13 of the NFL season, which saw some teams step forward (Falcons, Bears, Steelers, Chiefs and Jaguars, to name a few) and others missing out on golden opportunities (Ravens, Chargers, Colts and Bucs).

Could we face a post-season without the metronomic arm of Peyton?

5. The King doesn’t like bankers either

I’m no expert on the banks… but I know a man who thinks he is.

Kung-Fu footballer – and Mick Hucknall acquaintance – Eric Cantona thinks we should all withdraw our cash from the financial institutions tomorrow.

That shouldn’t take long in my case this month.

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