I remember the radio broadcast - three bodies found in the Channel, a yacht missing. But I only took a close interest a few days later when it was reported that accident investigators were examining the hull of the P&O ferry Pride of Bilbao.
In the 1970s, idealistic young activists created a wave of experimental schools - no compulsory lessons, no timetables, no rules. So what happened to the kids who attended these free-for-alls? You wait an age for the green man to let you cross Liverpool's Scotland Road.
'They put a gun to the back of my head. I heard them cock it. It jammed'
Up close it looks like a normal, if rather high-powered, literary event. We're in the hall of the British Library. On stage is Mark Lawson, the nation's undisputed master of cultural ceremonies, holding aloft a new book and chatting breezily to the thirtysomething celebrity author sitting alongside him.
Democracy’s jet-lagged volunteers stumble out of Simon Bolivar international airport into the full glare of the Venezuelan sun. The two security men, locals employed by the mission, hurry us onto the waiting buses, eyes raking the space like Bren guns. We pile on, bemused by the urgency.
Where did planking come from?
Having apparently failed to keep the location of their honeymoon secret, can William and Catherine avoid the attentions of intrusive photographers?
Alternative education - where kids excluded from school end up - is changing. But will more choice lead to better performance?
It may look like a sewage works on a choppy day but in the glorious jargon of London 2012 this is an "early legacy".
Spitting in the street may be unpleasant but should we outlaw it, as one councillor is demanding?