I predict a Pussy Riot

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’ve got 5 days off from the intensive summer job I’ve somehow found myself in. I’m not sure how much can be read into this, but the  book I’m currently reading is, ‘How To Get A Job You’ll Love’. It’s an interesting book but I don’t feel it’s the kind of book you can read at lunchtime surrounded by your work colleagues. It might send out the wrong message, (or the right one).

In other news, our fridge is on the blink. It seems to come on and off whenever it likes, which is not ideal for any long-term food planning. Having tried turning the switch on and off and fiddling with the thermostat, I thought it might be the fuse in the plug. I don’t think the problem is ever the fuse but when people are out of other suggestions, the fuse gets mentioned. It’s basically the act of a desperate man. So on Thurs night, I went in search for a fuse, which is not as easy as you may think. It doesn’t appear fuses are as popular as they used to be, maybe there’ll be a resurgence. Anyway, on my return I fitted the fuse in the plug, plugged it back in and to my surprise, it started working. I felt quite a sense of achievement, pleased that I’d managed to identify the problem, source the fuse and ultimately save the day. That feeling didn’t last too long as within the hour, the fridge had stopped working again. Meaning what I probably already knew, it was something more serious than the fuse. I could have saved myself a fair bit of effort and time if I’d gone with my initial instincts.

If I didn’t feel worthless enough, what with my handyman skills falling short, on Saturday morning, whilst watching a feature on backwards running, on BBC breakfast, I discovered that Garret Doherty ran a half marathon backwards in a time of 1hr 40. I have run one half marathon in my life, last year, where I did a fair bit of training for it and also finished with a time of 1h 40. The difference is I was doing it running forward. Before I knew about Garret’s achievements I felt good about my time, now I’m not so sure. Cheers Garret and cheers BBC Breakfast.

And Finally… Arguably the biggest talking point of the last few days has been the jailing of three members of Pussy Riot, for two years, for performing a protest song against Vladimir Putin in a church. Big names such as, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna,  have got behind the campaign to free the women, as has Kate Nash. News coverage of this story has been global and it got me thinking why? There are other people around the world who are wrongly serving prison sentences, due to their political views yet they get little or no press attention. The only explanation I have, is that people like to say, ‘Pussy Riot’. It’s the only time we, young or old, can  legitimately get away with using this phrase and so we’re not going to waste the opportunity.

Til next week, stay safe! (Due to work commitments next week’s blog will be on Weds)

@anunknowncomic

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