One out, all out The European Commission resigned en masse following a damning report which alleged that fraud, mismanagement and nepotism had reached the highest levels. The 144-page report stated: "It is becoming difficult to find anyone who has even the slightest sense of responsibility." The former French prime minister, Edith Cresson, coyly admitted that "maybe I was a little careless", while the president of the Commission, Jacques Santer, insisted he was "whiter than white".
Auf wiedersehn, Red Oskar The German finance minister, Oskar Lafontaine, resigned, thus removing one of the biggest bogeymen of Eurosceptic mythology. He had managed to antagonise the bankers, his fellow politicians (including his boss, Gerhard Schroder), but the writing was clearly on the wall when a few weeks ago the Sun branded him the most dangerous man in Europe.
The silence of the violins One of the world's great musicians, Yehudi Menuhin, died in Berlin at the age of 82. As a toddler he smashed his first violin, but became a child prodigy, playing for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the age of seven. Menuhin was a gifted conductor and campaigner for music in education, founding a music school in Surrey.
King of the castle Boxing suffered a further blow to its credibility when Britain's Lennox Lewis was judged to have tied with Evander Holyfield from the United States. The crowd thought that Lewis had won, as did the pundits. The three judges, however, were split, leaving the way open for a lucrative rematch. As he fondly patted his wallet, the fight promoter Don King said: "Somebody has got to be the winner."
Back to the kitchen sink Britain's young men are suffering from a huge identity crisis, according to a report commissioned by the Top Man store chain. The survey, which questioned young men aged between 13 and 19, found that a third believe that sexual equality has gone too far and almost half said things were easier when men were breadwinners and women were housewives.