The dog helping England’s cricket team, people who share the same name as someone famous recount their woes, and a forecast of a £100bn budget deficit in the UK due to Brexit is alarming some.
The test match between India and England is transfixing many on social media, with the Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, who have both hit centuries, trending in both countries. But they are not the only ones being hailed online.
A dog that interrupted the match in Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is also getting a share of the limelight, not least in jokes that he was the only thing halting India’s early progress.
“England’s spinners taking advice from the Vizag dog on how to stop the flow of runs,” joked one account. “I think @englandcricket released the dog so they could end that embarrassing second session,” said another.
A Twitter account (@VizagDog) has also emerged but not everyone thinks it’s that funny. “Will quit twitter if vizag dog gets more than 800 followers,” grumbled one user.
The nifty canine caused comical scenes just before the break after straying onto the outfield, bringing play to a shuddering halt with Cheteshwar Pujara (97no) and Virat Kohli (91no) closing in on their hundreds.
After an afternoon session in which England went wicketless, skipper Alastair Cook and bowler Stuart Broad were among those to see the funny side as the dog ran rings around stewards attempting to clear it from the field.
Broad even attempted to fool the hound with a pretend game of ‘fetch’ but the pooch refused to fall for his dummy throw, instead returning to the outfield for a lap of honour just when the stewards thought the dog had disappeared behind the sightscreen.
With England striving in vain for a breakthrough, Sky Sports commentator Nasser Hussain suggested Cook was trying to enlist the mutt as an extra fielder.
Fellow pundit Sir Ian Botham was rather more sympathetic to the dog’s plight.
“The poor thing will be petrified. Somehow it’s come by mistake into the stadium and suddenly it’s thinking ‘how do I get out of here?'” he said.