Water water everywhere

And we think the weather's bad in Blighty

Thank you to our man in Bangladesh (OMIB) who sent a link this morning to the Daily Star's poetic reporting on the absurd amount of rain that fell overnight. Says OMIB: the rainfall in the 24 hours to 7am in Dhaka was equal to the average received in London between January 1st and July 15th. It is quite wet here.

Wonderful understatement from the front line. But the real joy of this piece is the fact that, amidst the utter catastrophe of the whole situation, the journalist Sharier Khan actually starts a paragraph with the words "on the brighter side" and goes on to describe how people were suddenly able to catch fish with their bare hands as they floated past their windows:

A gatekeeper caught dozens of telapia fish. "I will put these in my landlord's refrigerator and eat one daily," smiled Delwar, the gatekeeper.

Definitely in the running for the Cheerful Reporting in the Face of Adversity award (yes, there are going to be awards, obviously).

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Could Jeremy Corbyn still be excluded from the leadership race? The High Court will rule today

Labour donor Michael Foster has applied for a judgement. 

If you thought Labour's National Executive Committee's decision to let Jeremy Corbyn automatically run again for leader was the end of it, think again. 

Today, the High Court will decide whether the NEC made the right judgement - or if Corbyn should have been forced to seek nominations from 51 MPs, which would effectively block him from the ballot.

The legal challenge is brought by Michael Foster, a Labour donor and former parliamentary candidate. Corbyn is listed as one of the defendants.

Before the NEC decision, both Corbyn's team and the rebel MPs sought legal advice.

Foster has maintained he is simply seeking the views of experts. 

Nevertheless, he has clashed with Corbyn before. He heckled the Labour leader, whose party has been racked with anti-Semitism scandals, at a Labour Friends of Israel event in September 2015, where he demanded: "Say the word Israel."

But should the judge decide in favour of Foster, would the Labour leadership challenge really be over?

Dr Peter Catterall, a reader in history at Westminster University and a specialist in opposition studies, doesn't think so. He said: "The Labour party is a private institution, so unless they are actually breaking the law, it seems to me it is about how you interpret the rules of the party."

Corbyn's bid to be personally mentioned on the ballot paper was a smart move, he said, and the High Court's decision is unlikely to heal wounds.

 "You have to ask yourself, what is the point of doing this? What does success look like?" he said. "Will it simply reinforce the idea that Mr Corbyn is being made a martyr by people who are out to get him?"