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By Petr Knava | News | July 6, 2018 |

By Petr Knava | News | July 6, 2018 |


Eyup, folks. Another week, another assault course of terrors. We’ve made it through though, and here we stand, breathless and drained. Come, weary travellers; rest, drink this tonic and feel replenished, for the battle ahead is long and the enemy is unyielding.


They say: ‘Meth. Not even once,’ and then they show you the meth addict’s teeth. I can think of a similar one that would work. ‘Industrial capitalism. Not even once,’ and then a video of the world’s oceans infected with our plastics. Some people are now trying to fight back against this scourge. To help Mother Earth a wee bit. Lord knows she deserves it. For example: These Indian fishermen, who have been trained to remove plastics from the waters they fish in. 25 tonnes of the horrible human excrement have been removed in the first 10 months of the scheme.

An Italian town has switched over to silent fireworks to help ease anxiety in animals. Hey, literally everyone else, do this too!

Two American states have become the first places in the US to mandate the teaching of mental health education in schools alongside physical education.

A county in Oregon closed all its libraries. A grassroots, volunteer-led campaign has now got them up and running again.

Recently, England went insane. Our football team beat Colombia in the first knockout stage of the World Cup, and they did so by winning a penalty shootout—something that we have never managed at the tournament, ever. Needless to say, the country went bonkers. I mean, like, completely nuts. England midfielder Fabian Delph wasn’t there in Russia when we did the unthinkable, however, as he was given permission to fly home instead to be with his wife as she gave birth to his third child. England manager and class act Gareth Southgate gave Delph his blessings, saying: ‘Some things in life are more important than football. His focus needs to be with his family at this time.’

Some anonymous bod with money to spare spent $1M buying up remaining stock at Toys ‘R’ Us to donate to children.

This crow sounds like it’s from Yorkshire. That’s it. That’s the story. And that’s enough.

An Indian court has ruled that animals are ‘legal entities with rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.’

The solar power industry now employs twice as many people as the coal industry in the US.

A golden retriever jumped in to take a bullet for his human when the careless bipedal animal almost stepped on a rattlesnake.

A group of Palestinian men risked their lives to save several Israeli settlers involved in a horrific car crash in Hebron.

The Japanese have bowed out of the World Cup as gracefully as they played in it. The national team’s fans became famous when they—alongside the Senegalese fans—cleaned up after themselves following the game. The team itself followed suit. After they were knocked out of the tournament by Belgium the players cleaned up their locker room and left a note saying ‘Thank you’ in Russian.

A small town in the South of the US has become a bit of a beacon for refugees, welcoming thousands of them with government support and seeing itself as the ‘Ellis Island of the South.’

A group of rhino poachers were eaten by lions. It is a dubious thing to take any kind of joy from the death of another living being, but when you hear that the remains of two or three people were found near a pride of lions, with an axe—commonly used to remove rhino horns—next to the remains, well…

Anyway, here’s this dog saving his friend:


That’s it from me for now. I’m off to the south of Spain for two weeks to take my mind off shit. Surf, sun, and sangria—pray for me, for this will surely be a period of trials like no other. Till then, cheers.

(Header image from Paula Godwin’s Facebook)

Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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