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Headline heroics

[30 Sept 2015] The Times has been running a ‘top headlines’ series in its diary column.

Accolades for the best must go to the gruesome aftermath of a murder case: ‘Headless body in topless bar’ (New York Post); a thrilling incident in a Welsh town, ‘City bus on fire – passengers alight’ (West Wales Guardian); and, concerning the ailing heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, who was returning to New York for a lawsuit, ‘Sick Gloria in transit Monday’.

The latter needs no explaining for Latin scholars, of course, but for everyone else’s benefit it plays upon the mediaeval tombstone inscription ‘Sic transit gloria mundi’, or ‘Thus pass all the fripperies of this world’.

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