Monday, 2 February 2009

Hope You Are Well and Having Weather

In one of the "Jennings" books that I read as a child, Jennings (a young public-school pupil) writes a note to the Chief of Police, or some such personnage, beginning his missive with "I hope you are well and having weather."

There certainly seems to be a lot of it around. Weather, I mean. The Aimilia Hour had a report about an "Adventure" when Cyprus Airline's newest jet slid off the runway in snowy conditions whilst landing at London's Heathrow Airport. One of the passengers said the landing was "one of the smoothest", and breathlessly described the lack of panic and injuries. Exciting stuff. Of course, once they finally got off the plane and realised that they wouldn't be able to go anywhere by road, rail or tube, the panic probably did start...

Meanwhile the bad weather appears to be plaguing a large part of Europe. So much so that they didn't have time to show pictures from West Virginia, which has been on the news over the past few days.

Snow in the mountain regions of Cyprus this weekend.

Australia have exactly the opposite problem. The thermometer has been consistently above 40 degrees Celsius (over 104 American degrees), and they have had the worst forest fires for a long time.

But the worst weather story on tonight's news was the one from Tuvalu, which scientists reckon will be the first country to disappear entirely under the sea, probably in the next 30-40 years.

As a result of all this, I've decided that I won't complain too much about the few millimetres of snow we've had. And I hope that you're well. And not having too much weather. It's all the Groundhog's fault...

"Well, It's Groundhog Day.
Again."

14 comments:

Jean Knee said...

First!!

Jean Knee said...

I really wish California would be the first to slip into the sea. They are all abunch of liberal retards who aren't smart enough to not rebuild their houses again and again in the same paths of fires and hurricanes and such

this concludes this quasi-political comment

Jean Knee said...

I sounded really eloquent in that comment I see:)

Jean Knee said...

Fourth!!!!

for a different kind of girl said...

Right now, I've shivering under a blanket and wearing half mittens, sitting in my living room, where it feels about like the 10 degrees that it is outside. I'd like some halfway point with where Australia's at.

Bee said...

The world is going topsy turvy on is. TOPSY TURVY!

I see I sounded eloquent too, jean knee. ;o)

Bee said...

I meant "us". Damn.

Chris Wood said...

Damn groundhog!

Brian o vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

You should read "Goodbye California" by Alistair MacLean. I think that the plot there was someone planning to flood a large part of that state. Of course, the hero stopped the villain, but you could always try it...

FADKOG:

You might end up living in Africa, or the sea ;-)

Bee:

The words were flowing from you like... Well, you were very eloquent!

Chris:

To be fair, the Groundhog thing is the continuation of some equivalent ancient British superstition about February 2nd, involving a mole, or plague-ridden rat or something.

Tracys Ramblings said...

I missed it, did the groundhog see his shadow?
Do you have a groundhog over there too? What if your groundhog sees his shadow but ours doesn't?

Tracys Ramblings said...

ELEVENTH!!!!

Tracys Ramblings said...

You know, I too have wondered why the people in California keep rebuilding their houses in the same spot.
Like that old actress with the plastic lips, oh whats her name? Suzanne Somers. She's lost like three houses.
You think she would learn her lesson.

Jean Knee said...

if those dumb asses want to pay for it themselves go ahead but the taxpayers are sick of paying!!

Brian o vretanos said...

On Wiki, they have a whole list of different groundhog predictions, presumably in the US. I was surprised - I thought that Phil always saw his shadow.

Given the current weather conditions, predicting whether or not winter has ended yet isn't such a big stretch, even for a rodent...