October is nearly upon us, but the sun is shining on Edinburgh. Here are today’s Friday Feelings.
As recent developments in the Salisbury nerve agent attack come to light I can’t help but think about another Russian assassin who has been making waves in the UK – Villanelle. If you do not know who I’m talking about then I advise you to get acquainted by binge watching the hit BBC drama Killing Eve. Villanelle (real name Oksana) is psychopathic, ruthless and incredibly cool, and with her signature weapon being a bottle of perfume it is easy, but perhaps insensitive, to draw parallels with the real life case of Sergei Skripal.
Trump’s supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh testified on Thursday on the multiple sexual assault accusations made against him in the past few weeks. The Committee will vote on whether or not to reject his nomination, before the Republican ruled Senate votes on his fate in the SCOTUS.
The sabotage of fruit in Australia continues this week as reports show that, for the first time, the crisis is spreading beyond Australia’s borders. Reports of contaminated strawberries have been seen in Singapore and New Zealand. This comes days after the Australian Government increased the maximum sentence for those who contaminate food. There have been over 100 reports of contaminated fruit over the past month and the agriculture industry has taken a big hit from consumer fear and full bans of certain fruits. Department store Woolworths and e-commerce giant Amazon have stopped the sale of needles in Australia for the time being. The Australian Government is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
Pret a Manger have come under fire this week for failing to label a core food allergy on one of their baguettes – a mistake which resulted in the death of a young woman. As if this wasn’t tragic enough, it then came out that the chain had been warned that the sesame seeds present in the baguette had caused several allergic reactions prior to this incident. Why didn’t Pret decide to label the allergen on the baguette after the very first reaction? Who knows? But this mistake on their part will cost them dearly.