The Staggers 29 July 2009 Water water everywhere And we think the weather's bad in Blighty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 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). › Who are you calling an Islamist? Sophie Elmhirst is a freelance writer and former New Statesman features editor. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!