Did you hear the one about the llamas on the run? I’ll never tire of silly news | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Did you hear the one about the llamas on the run? I’ll never tire of silly news | Hannah Jane Parkinson

The Guardian

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Sometimes we need a drama or a crisis to capture our attention en masse. The bizarre brings a buzz

I will hazard a guess that few of us paid regular attention to the Suez canal until a container ship got knocked off course by “a gust of wind”, blocking one of the most important trade routes in the world. Although there were serious repercussions (billions of pounds’ worth) a 220,000-ton ship being bested by a gentle breeze was in some ways the farcical crisis we all needed.

As the ship refused to budge for an entire week, we followed the story with an intensity that cynics might attribute to there truly being nothing else going on. My favourite commentary on the excitement? The writer Ben Jenkins pointing out that the captain of the first ship to go through the unblocked canal had the opportunity to do “the funniest thing in the world ever”, by also getting stuck.

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