Brian Cowen calling for a global response to the “scandal” of world hunger; Bono to write a column about poverty in the New York Times; what’s next, I wonder? Morrissey to give a lecture on sex addiction? Gordon Ramsay to publish a book of his favourite vegetarian recipes? Robert Mugabe to write and present a TV series on democracy? The Vatican to sponsor a Gay Icon of the Year award? Hot Press to bring out a special edition entitled Ireland’s 100 Shittest Bands? The future is suddenly full of extraordinary possibilities.