Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque

Now, some eagle-eyed masterminds among you will no doubt have spotted that the heading of today’s blog is very similar indeed to Monday’s. Are you thinking:

  • Has Roddy lost his mind?
  • Has that frog given up writing anything even remotely original?
  • Have laziness and complacency kicked in already?
  • Woss gaahhn on ere? (for those of you who watch Eastenders).

No, dear reader, I can assure you that there is a very good reason for using a similar heading, and that’s because this coming Saturday is the fourth of July. To most of us, that date is very like the third of July but a day later, but to some people it’s The Fourth of July – aka Independence Day. Don’t panic, I’m not talking about the Will Smith 1996 vision of apocalyptic alien invasion (so there’s no need to worry about having new UFO overlords), but the day when the American people of the world, some of whom live in Albuquerque, will eat hot dogs and rejoice in their independence from us (and undoubtedly, from hostile extraterrestrials).

One thing that we share with Albuquerque this week is sweltering heat. As I reported on Monday, I don’t like it too hot – unless, of course, it’s another ‘red hot Leafletfrog deal’, like 5000 A5 leaflets for only £52 ’ (sorry, I couldn’t resist mentioning that – blame the heat!).

The BBC has reported that thousands of people will be flocking to the coast to enjoy the weather. I’ll be following their advice to stay out of the sun, which suits me as I’ve got a bumper number of orders to print this week. But if you’re not a frog and you like the sun, check out these top heatwave tips. If you’ve got any tips about how you stay chilled during this heatwave, drop me a line at or add a comment – I’d love to hear your ideas.

So while it’s hot, why not take a trip back in time to when Prefab Sprout sang about hot dogs and jumping frogs (and Albuquerque). I wonder - did anyone else think the words were ‘hot dog, jumping frog, Albert Turkey’, or was that just me?

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