Angela Merkel has expressed "contempt" for the disgraced Anglo Irish Bank executives caught on tape mocking Germany's involvement in the institution's €30bn (£25.7bn) bailout.
As he departs, Sir Mervyn King cannot be allowed to get away with a myth he has been promoting for years – the notion that the Bank of England was somehow a lone voice of sanity in the pre-crisis years and that its warnings of impending disaster for the banking system fell on deaf ears.
Tottenham Hotspur continue to explore the possibility of signing David Villa from Barcelona to lead their forward line, with further talks expected to take place between the club's new technical director, Franco Baldini, and the Spain international's representatives following the conclusion of the Confederations Cup.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged as Newcastle United's top attacking transfer target this summer but, although the 24-year-old St-Etienne striker appears to favour a move to Tyneside, he would cost around £15m and has several suitors.
Red Bull have an impressive record when it comes to meeting fresh challenges and the latest one is something completely different: how will Mark Webber's decision to quit the team upset the most impressive operation in Formula One?
Mo Farah is unequivocal. "It's the big one," says the double Olympic champion of Sunday's 5,000m Diamond League race in Birmingham.
Glastonbury festivalgoers always seem pretty bloody pleased with themselves so who better then to pour a bracing bucket of water over everything than Portishead, a band whose musical output has slowly – three albums in 19 years, the last half a decade ago – grown increasingly icy, never mind the grumpy old man persona that Geoff Barrow has cultivated on Twitter?
On a day of familiarly cloying British summer drizzle victories for Laura Robson and Andy Murray on a covered Centre Court provided a hometown centrepiece to an afternoon at Wimbledon that was distinctly and even rather jarringly Brit-flavoured.
More than $2bn was wiped from the stock market value of smartphone maker Blackberry on Friday after financial results suggested its bid to join the personal computing revolution had hit the wall.
The most encouraging statistic of the summer arrived a fortnight ago, when it was revealed that The Internship, a $60m hymn to digi-corporate neo-feudalism disguised as an innocuous summer buddy-comedy, had eked out fourth spot on the weekend box office list.