South Africa's favourite snack made a most unlikely cameo appearance at the trial of Bo Xilai, the biggest political trial in China for decades. The disgraced princeling and his family lived on biltong for a month, apparently, and this was evidence for the prosecution of just how luxuriously corrupt their lives had become. Because, obviously, nothing says you've made it like a pack of chilli bites.
The prosecution of Oscar Pistorius has been described, repeatedly, as the trial of the century. An unlikely claim in a century so young, even more so when it's probably not even the trial of the century so far.
Surely upstaging the trigger-happy Paralympian is Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician whose court proceedings drew to a close this week. His trial can match Pistorius on most counts - there's murder, sex and a precipitous fall from grace - as well as adding a few unique twists of its own: corruption, power and a rare insight into the inner working of the Chinese state. Oh, and biltong. As we South Africans know, there are few things biltong can't improve.
Before his fall, Bo Xilai was part of China's political aristocracy. He was...