Over on Twitter I have a fairly regular whinge about the choice of stories in my local freesheet the Greenwich News Shopper.
Normally if it bleeds, then it leads, even if the murder happened well outside of the borough, or even outside the continent.
However this week they've really outdone themselves. Take a look at this major scoop:
'AMERICANS WILL NOT FIND OSAMA'Spiritualist says bin Laden prediction was right
That's right, hold the press, a 'spiritualist' says that she was right about something.
A SPIRITUALIST’S claim she knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding in Afghanistan was not taken seriously when she made it eight years ago.
You don't say?
But now Angela Bayley says her prediction, exclusively reported in News Shopper in 2001, has been proved true in a US Senate report.
Now I wonder why your report was exclusive? Any ideas?
Miss Bayley added eight years of fear, dogma and terrorist attacks could have been prevented if she had been listened to.In the first and only time she has entered the world of predicting major events, the Hither Green resident claimed al-Qaeda boss bin Laden was planning to flee across the border to Pakistan as soon as possible.
Osama would flee? Who could have guessed ?
Miss Bayley spoke out eight years ago after being guided by spirits after holding a newspaper cutting from September 11, 1974, which had been found hidden in a kitchen wall at a home in Mottingham.The Daily Express story cutting, headlined This is America, referred to pilots, New York and “nuts”.
It had to be the Express.
Miss Bayley dangled an Islamic charm over a map of Afghanistan to find bin Laden and felt a strong pull to Waza Khwa, in the south-east of the country.She said: “I was only doing my work. I was a channel for the spirits like a telephone, the spirits never get it wrong.”
Okay I've had enough. Let's just skip to the quote from the Ministry of Defence (yes they actually bothered to waste their time with this bilge)
"A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “We cannot comment on the matter at all.”
Well what did you expect?
Did you really think the Ministry of Defence would jump up and say "Oh well if we'd only listened to Angela Bayley from Hither Green then we'd never have got into this mess. Sorry Ange."
I'll leave the last word to one of my fellow sufferers:
Come on News Shopper. Sort it out before we all give up on you.