Bill Clinton soaks up political limelight in Londonderry
Much excitement in Londonderry as Bill Clinton takes a stroll across the Peace Bridge and heads to the Guildhall Square to address the public.
But if the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who is also visiting Ireland, walked the same walk, you can't imagine it generating anything like the same buzz.
That seems a little unfair. Okay, President Clinton did play a key role in helping to broker the peace the bridge commemorates. But it was Europe, not the USA, that shelled out the £14m it cost to build the bridge.
Of course, some of the discrepancy in the receptions accorded to the two politicians is down to their individual characters.
EU figures like Barroso tend to come across as faceless eurocrats while Bill Clinton is associated with the likes of Bono, Kevin Spacey, and whoever the National Enquirer includes in its latest edition.
On the Runs: Secret deal hidden in plain sight
The Police Service of Northern Ireland codenamed their processing of republican On The Runs "Operation Rapid".
The same nickname could have been applied to this week's fast moving political crisis.
'Good cops' in Sinn Féin and DUP outnumbered by 'bad cops'
Nothing new in the DUP and Sinn Féin trading insults or claiming each other is pandering to extremes.
But there seems to be an extra level of sophistication in the latest mirror image machinations between the two incumbents at Stormont Castle.
Scottish and EU referendums: The effect on Northern Ireland
While Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness aims a few fresh barbs at First Minister Peter Robinson on the eve of another Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (annual party conference), others have been surveying the wider scene.
The Irish prime minister, Tony Blair's former chief of staff and the DUP MP for North Antrim have all been ruminating on what changes in Scotland or Europe might mean for Northern Ireland.
Stormont opposition no closer
Should Stormont have an opposition? That was a talking point back in 2012 when the Ulster Unionists were choosing a new leader.
John McCallister advocated taking the party out of the Northern Ireland Executive unilaterally. Mike Nesbitt argued there should be a referendum on changing the Stormont rules.
Ian Paisley and DUP: Politics 'red in tooth and claw'
So do you believe him then or do you believe him now?
Part two of Eamonn Mallie's documentary, From Genesis to Revelation, contains an extract from my interview with Ian Paisley when he announced his decision to stand down as first minister in March 2008.
Haass talks: Peter Robinson attacks 'dictator' McGuinness
This is another row with a distinct edge between the DUP and Sinn Féin.
What is different to some of the previous rows, where you got the impression that the main men in Stormont Castle had licensed their lieutenants to throw the odd rock at each other, is that this is happening between Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness.
Why Ian Paisley is still box office - five and a half years after stepping down from politics
It may be five and a half years since Ian Paisley stood down as Stormont's first minister, but there is no doubt the 'Big Man' is still box office.
Watching him in conversation with Eamonn Mallie for Monday night's BBC documentary Paisley: Genesis to Revelation remains spellbinding, as the ex-DUP leader treats us to his full range from charming humour, through to belligerent defence of the apparently indefensible.
Unmistakeable taste of freshly-picked cherries
According to the Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt, Richard Haass gave the Stormont parties only three options with his final seventh draft document - say Yes, say No, or take it back to your party. But don't - according to Mr Nesbitt - cherry-pick.
Yet now we have all the party responses in, (assuming Sinn Féin's Ard Comhairle meeting will ratify their negotiators' acceptance), the taste of freshly-plucked cherries is unmistakeable.
Richard Haass talks: Back at a crossroads
It is 45 years since the former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill made his famous televised pitch to moderate opinion in the "Ulster Stands At the Crossroads" speech.
Intentionally or not, Richard Haass echoes Captain O'Neill's phrase in his draft document on flags, parades and the past.