the silly season

the silly season

  (British & Australian informal)
a period of time in the summer when there is not much news, especially political news, so the newspapers have articles about events that are not important It's the silly season again, and as usual, the papers are full of stories about the Loch Ness Monster.
See play silly buggers
See also: season, silly
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WELL, the silly season is definitely underway after our national press printed the 'story' of the Prime Minister David Cameron chomping on a small pack of Pringles during his easyJet flight to the Algarve.
YOU know it's the silly season when you're looking at Mexico v Ecuador in the Copa America thingy as a viable betting proposition.
I'd say it was the silly season but, even if we wanted to, we couldn't make this stuff up.
Police have been beset with "inappropriate" enquiries over the silly season, including a 999 call for marriage counselling and a man who was "a bit scared" of a hedgehog.
After all, the generous parliamentary recess coincides with the silly season - traditionally a time when big cats are sighted in Powys, Simon Cowell is snapped on his yacht in high-waisted shorts and Lembit Opik gives his annual warning on the prospect of mankind being wiped out by an apocalyptic asteroid.
Another story that might be filed under the Silly Season heading was our article on the lorry driver who attempted the vehicular equivalent of threading a camel through the eye of a needle, with the inevitable result.
THE silly season is at its zenith when spotlighting Ed Miliband.
Oh, I get it - I've been hoodwinked by the kind of transfer speculation that the papers use to fill their pages during the silly season.
I SEE the silly season has started again, with Welsh language activists bleating for more money.
The Silly Season, as it turned out, was a newspaper ritual universally observed: the armoured column was met at the German frontier by a Panzer Korps of reporters from Der Bild tabloid who bombarded the invaders with schnitzel, chips and beer.
THE silly season - beloved by tabloid newspapers, growers of unusually shaped vegetables and the owners of humungous pets - has died.
So whether you're a fan of Blues, Villa, Wolves or Albion, be sure to not take everything as gospel when the silly season really kicks into gear after the World Cup.
WELL it seems the silly season is upon up once more, and the usual Christmas traffic chaos in Newcastle city centre.
Especially now that the silly season is over and the conjurors are back in town.
AUGUST has always been considered the silly season for the news-business as there is not very much happening and journalists have to show great resourcefulness and imagination in their news-gathering.