Recent news shows that June joins April in being the wettest month of its name since records began back in 1910 (before that, weather information was stored on wax cylinders). This morning saw precipitation and flood-warnings galore – with much of the country promised more than one month of rain in a single day. If the Met Office know their onions (which they may, though I’m less convinced by their powers of weather-related divination), today will be looking positively arid by the middle of next week. So, July too would have been looking forward to meeting Roy Castle had it been around in days of yore.
All of which must be pretty humiliating for poor May. In many years, it might have expected at least a decent place (and perhaps a medal) with its compelling combination of cold and damp – but it let itself down badly in the final week and in the context of such a strong field in 2012, it already looks like an also-ran. I guess it has to look to stay injury-free, train hard and hope for better things in Rio in 2016.
Apropos of which, I find myself thinking about a giant, anthropomorphic letter “O” from an educational cartoon for children. Like a person, it has a pair each of arms and legs projecting out from its ring-shaped body. Someone (perhaps “R”) has taken a series of photographs, each capturing an arm or a leg with just a glimpse of the body. Oh yes, I am thinking about “O” limb pics. A ‘gag’ that I feel would have worked so much better if I were a cartoonist (or that is the excuse I’m using for its anticipated poor reception by the reading few).