The words in the nursery rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York have definitely resonated with people this week. One minute they’re up, the next they’re down, but when they’re only halfway up……well, that’s a bit of a shoogly peg to be on wondering if they’re going to rise or fall.
Over the last seven days, we’ve encountered highs and lows in the media, and here’s our little selection of what’s been happening this week.
On Tuesday, it was welcome news that coffee reduces your risk of cancer and strokes. But 48 hours later it was revealed tall men are at higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Does this mean they should just drink more caffeinated beverages? But too much caffeine causes heart problems. You can never win!
Speaking of winning, while we’ve had two glorious hazy sunshine days in Edinburgh, at SW19 things have been heating up at Wimbledon. Earlier this week, Sir Andy crashed out meaning we put all our GB eggs in Johanna Konta’s basket in the hope she would emulate Virginia Wade’s 1977 success. However, it wasn’t to be and Venus’ experience on the court shone through.
As we continue to make our way through the summer, our thoughts turn to the Fringe. And for something a little different, cake and canine lovers are in for a treat as a Chihauhau Café is set to pop up in Edinburgh’s Rose Street. Nothing like a sweet treat and a cuddle from a cute pooch when you’re feeling a little ‘ruff’ after a barking mad night on the tiles.
Talking about tiles, this leads me to home improvements and CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie’s CBE Hand Picked scheme. In the last five years, 265 young people have improved their futures by undertaking a work placement or going through an academy, with an astonishing 82 per cent going on to full-time employment or education. This is a great initiative from the man that put CR Smith on the map by sponsoring Rangers and Celtic’s jerseys.
Finally, to selfies which are now considered to be fatal. A study has revealed there were 127 selfie deaths in 18 months with India incurring the highest number, accounting for more than 60 per cent fatalities. So next time you reach for your phone, just be mindful of your surroundings.
So there you have it. Coffee, dogs, tennis, work and selfies. It’s pretty much a roundup of our daily lives, isn’t it?!