We are within days of the summer solstice and I haven’t had my spring yet! There’s plenty of time for there to be a baking hot summer but I am not necessarily expecting it. And it’s turning out to be a funny old spring/summer.
For a start, England have played two games of football and drawn with France and beaten Sweden! Amazing! This is a sunnier outcome than we have come to expect in recent tournaments.
Summer is already over as Chris is heading back to Africa. Who’s Chris? Come on, please try to keep up with the BTO cuckoo tracking study! This study may redefine the old ditty to: ‘Chris doesn’t come in April, in fact he comes in May, no change of tune in the middle of June he’s already flown away.‘. The version of this that I learned as a child was ‘Cuckoo comes in April, sings his song in May, changes tune in the middle of June and then he flies away‘ but I see that there are other slightly different versions (see here, here, here, here).
It has taken me a week to get over the shock of the front page headline of last week’s Sunday Express, written by the tabloid twitcher himself, Stuart Winter. ‘Queen saves countryside’ seemed about as shocking as ‘Queen saves penalty in Euro Final’. The Queen has a strong interest in declining songbirds.
What can we expect next in this strange season? England lose to Ukraine – three own goals from Rooney? Prince Philip gives up pheasant shooting as an unsustainable country sport? The NFU come out against biofuels? Cuckoos demand overwinter accommodation at Thetford as their cut of the action? World leaders go cuckoo in Rio and put world on road to sustainability?