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Google's automated algorithms sometimes have as much influence on the gaiety of nations as they do on search engine strategems. Witness today's handy juxtaposition in the inaugural issue of Google News UK:

Madonna Googled

Madge, Madge, surely you can do better than this?

For those of you outside the UK, the guy on the right is Abu Hamza, an unsavoury Muslim cleric who has hooks for hands and only one eye, after getting blown up clearing landmines for the Mujaheedeen in Afghanistan. Abu Hamza preached Jihad from a London mosque for many years and justified 9/11 to his supporters. Big mistake. The Government cut off his dole payments and is now trying to expel him from the country. It may even change the law to get him out. Here is an old-ish BBC profile of Madonna's new British chum. ®

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