July was not a happy month, especially for holiday makers in the UK. Cold and wet about sums it up for most of us. If you’re interested in the numbers they are here.
Other oddities to end the month include Mike Huckabee Republican Presidential hopeful who is quoted in the Huffington Post as being open to the idea of using the army and the FBI to prevent women from having abortions. This from the man who refused to apologise for saying Americans have “blood on our hands” for failing to criminalize abortion and contended that reproductive freedom is much worse than the Nazi Holocaust. I doubt that even the Donald would agree despite possibly teaming up with Sarah Palin for a run at the presidency.
The month ended badly too for Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer who apparently thinks it is okay to kill a lion. And this is not his first incursion into big game hunting. Perhaps he will be the prey rather than the predator next time, assuming we can find him.
However the prize for idiots of the month has to go to the arts editor and reviewer of The Week magazine. The review of Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thomson contained the gaffe of the century.
The first sentence of the review reads, “The Glaswegian actor Robert Carlyle first achieved fame playing a psychopath in the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, set amid the fleshpots and drug dens of …. wait for it!!…. GLASGOW. Gasps of horror all round.
Fortunately the review was unsigned so the poor writer may just survive the outpouring of indignation from the good burgers of Edinburgh and the film lovers of Glasgow. However I am reliably informed that a bounty of a lifetime’s supply of deep fried Mars bars has been offered for the name and address of the offending columnist.