Things were looking decidedly bleak for a while last month. The Large Hadron Collider was going to recreate the Big Bang and suck us all into a black hole, Zimbabwe looked further from peace than ever and oil was getting more expensive by the second.
Worse still, summer was apparently having a lie-in and we’d emerged from the Beijing Olympics with fewer medals than Tajikistan.
But as the paranoiacs crept gingerly out of their back-garden bomb-shelters they found the world renewed: The Hadron Whatever came and went without so much as a small pop, a deal had been struck in Zim and the oil price was going in the other direction. We half expected it to start raining smarties.Then, as if on cue, cartoonist Zapiro then produced his most controversial cartoon yet the very week we were putting our comic edition together.