New Zealand's PM John Key is resigning, and the Australian media are singing his praises. "Key’s success was his essential modesty," reads the Oz. "The world has lost one of its most sensible and effective political leaders," echoes the Fin.

If you want a substantive accounting of the man and his triumphs, we suggest you read those pieces. But here in the Crikey bunker, we'd rather offer a different account. One of Key's bizarre habit of pulling ponytails.