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Small Talk

Well it looks like this idea has worked, don’t get my wrong I didn’t spend today putting the finishing touches on my 800 page Epic masterpiece, I did however spend a large period of time genuinely looking forward to writing the next instalment of this blog as well as considering what the topic might be and when I was going to write it.

It seems that the ball is well and truly rolling as I decided to get right down to it and post today, the combined word count of the two posts is easily double of what I have achieved in the last two years so if there are any budding writers out there I would thoroughly recommend this approach.

This desire to write something did however leave me with the difficult task of finding a topic to write about, the most exciting part of my day was a trip to the dentist.

I then decided that at this point we are just getting to know each other, these first few posts are the internet equivalent of small talk, so in the typical British tradition I thought I would talk about the weather. It was after all good enough for the front page of the Daily Express so it should be good enough for me.

On this date (February 11th – it was this date when I started writing but in my usual fashion I got distracted)  in 1878 the first weekly forecast was provided by the British Meteorological Office and in 1860 the first daily weather forecast was published in the Times.

Two not very interesting facts, but facts all the same and as long as your reading this I feel I might as well try and impart at least one titbit that you didn’t know before.

So it’s February and as with the last 4/5 Years in England we are once again experiencing our “Big Freeze”, temperatures are apparently lower than the Arctic; we can expect at least a centimetre of snow and the entire countries customary grind to a halt.

Frankly it’s ridiculous within minutes of the forecast predicting snow, we are all pressed up against the window looking for those first flakes starting to fall, pre-writing our txt messages or emails to the boss explaining how there is simply no way we can make it into work, and taking pictures of every mundane item we can find covered in the fluffy white stuff. Then the worst type of snow happens, there is an icing sugar coating on the ground but our aforementioned snow day hasn’t materialised and the bonus day off we all imagined hasn’t happened, we have to balance up the plans that we had already made Vs the probability of the boss seriously believing that the trains in “my area” really weren’t running.

Other countries seem to manage with the entire cold thing a  lot better than we do, many of them experience snow that would by English standards be considered a sign on the apocalypse and yet still manage to function effectively, so why can’t we?

Every year we wheel out the “we don’t get snow that often” excuse but you would have thought after half a decade of this occurrence some boffin would have come up with a way of de-icing the railways, or clearing the snow from our streets and yet every year the country grinds to a halt.

Although when you think about it if the wrong type of leaves can stop the trains from running it’s not surprising that the sky falling down should have the same effect!

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