All about the weather

Why is it that my spasmodic postings always seem to refer to the weather?

Yet again we have a hot day with the temp sitting around 33c, far too hot and not nice at all.

Other than the weather to be honest not a lot has been happening that merits a mention. So please take this as just a short post to show I am still in the land of the living.

Well that was a let down.

We are in the middle of a heatwave, my sleep pattern is shot to bits and I am fed up of being hot and having a gloss finish.

Today is supposed to be the start of the end of the heatwave with rain and thunderstorms forecast.

Well the sky got darker, the humidity levels shot up, we were poised.

Then all we got were a couple of rumbles and about 10 seconds of rain. That’s it! nothing else.

Hopefully more tomorrow, we shall see.

It will soon be summer.

Here we are with the first day of summer on June 20th just 14 days away.

Today it’s just 9c with heavy rain showers forecast all day, the wind is blowing and it feels cold, seriously thinking of putting the heating on!

Not to long ago we had wall to wall sunshine and everybody said Summer had come early! Well if that was the case then it has left early as well.

Still should put a damper on those determined to go to the coast and other touristy places, to trash the area and leave crap everywhere.

Troubled times

I am writing this blog post when we are in troubled times. Here in the UK the pandemic continues, with a portion of the population appearing to be close to saying sod it and going back as much as they can to normal.

Looking at the pictures of the weekend where people flocked to the countryside and the seaside and in the process left a train of filth, litter and remnants of their visit, on the beaches, in the hedges and all places in between.

I mean how do they live at home. I bet if somebody walked past their garden and tossed a beer can over the hedge world war three would be declared, but they think nothing of doing it themselves.

The human race has the back of showing itself at its worst at times, and normally the people who do it should know better.

Some people would not know social distancing if it smacked them across the head, and it’s not always youngsters but instead middle aged people trying desperately to remain looking young.

Then we can turn our attention across the pond to the States where they have a president threatening to use regular troops against he own people, he should be ashamed,

Yesterday he stood in front of a church clutching a bible, I am sure he never opens the pages of a bible, there are not enough pictures to amuse him!

As I say we live in troubled times, and the question is will he get worse before it gets better?

Plodding along.

I am writing this post at 4.30am on a Saturday morning.

With a bunged up nose I am finding it difficult to sleep, so on the computer.

Been having a surf and as has become normal the news sites are full of the Corona virus. Talk about gloom and doom, I recon the contact details for the Samaritans should be on every page. Now I realise the havoc this virus is causing but there must be other things happening, how about some cheery news for a change?

With the heritage railway closed I am not getting my weekly fix, Having given up the station at the end of last year after fourteen years running it I have a new project and thats to write an official blog for the railway. But I will admit at the moment with everything thats going on around I can’t really get any great enthusiasm for the project. I am sure I will at some stage, just not at the moment. So watch this space as they say.

What I am doing is posting a daily picture of the railway on twitter, and just after midnight I posted the 51st image. Should you wish to take a browse they can be found at comments on any of the images are most welcome.

So here you have another brief posting, brief because there is not rally much if anything to report, we just plod along at the moment, with loom, doom and moaning generally on all sides. Some people have compared the present situation to WW2, which I fond interesting as none of those seen comparing so far are anywhere near old enough to remember the war!

Keep safe as everybody is saying and another post will follow soon.



Now it’s just getting silly.

Well as the world progresses with the pandemic the possible cures and rumours are, in many cases just getting silly.

President Trump last night was talking about putting light in the body or disinfectant in the body to kill the disease. The worrying thing is some people will take  notice and perhaps try his suggestions.

Amazing how people will take no notice about treatment from somebody who does not have a clue until that person is the President, then he is listened to.

`They do say a little knowledge can be dangerous, well so can believing you have knowledge when you have none.

The British government makes much about how their following the science before making decisions or recommendations. To date I have not heard one person say what plan “B” is if the science they are following turns out to be wrong.

Disasters produce many so called experts who are wheeled out on TV to give their views and advice, these are people one has normally never heard of, and heaven knows where the media find them. I mean is there an agency where you can hire experts from? I have not seen it in Yellow pages.

Personally I have given up watching the news it’s so depressing, with person after person spotting gloom and despondency. When some positive person appears the interviewers pounce on them and try and make their comments appear negative.

I will plod on and observe what’s going on around me, it’s providing much of interest to those who observe human behaviour.

Well here we are.

The observant amongst you will have noticed that I have not posted about the current pandemic. Well there are enough posts from people not knowing what the hell they are talking about and I have no desire to add to them.

Mind you according to a friend of a friend of a friend if you hang a clove of garlic from your left testicle you will be protected. Unfortunately they did not say protected from what!

So here we are on a sunny Sunday lunch time, the birds are twittering and the breeze is blowing, so everything must be OK.

It’s a funny old period of time, most things are closed, people are not going out much and people are not making money. I bet if you went to Skegness you could get a seat on the sea front now as well.

Whats happening in the world at the moment is bringing out the best and the worst in people, with the majority out to help others and the minority out to make a bit of money out of other people misery. Actually seems about normal.

Stay safe and sit and watch the tv it will make you keener to get out and about!!

Things that go bump in the night.

Here, when things go bump in the night that thing is normally me.

Of late I sometimes have difficulty going to sleep when I go to bed, and that makes me grumpy.

So I would rather just get up, come in here and potter about on the computer for an hour or so, which is why this blog entry is being typed at 1am on a Monday morning.

It does not help that I am an evening person, me and mornings just don’t get on. I can concentrate better at night than in the mornings, heaven knows why but I have always been like that. I know it used to drive my late mother nuts.

I have never worked out how people can be so chipper first thing in the morning. I have over the years asked people why they are chipper in the mornings, but so far not one person has given me a sensible answer.

To me there are advantages to pottering about at night, the main one being that I am rarely if ever disturbed. I have perfected the art of tuning out the wife’s snoring from the bedroom next door. I just imagine it’s distant rumbles of thunder!!!

There’s a lot to be said for some country people who go to bed when it’s dark and get up when it’s daylight.

In the winter I find it relaxing to be working away in the middle of the night with rain beating against the windows, I find it very therapeutic.

I know people who go to bed the same time every night and get up the same time every morning irrespective of wether they need to or not. I don’t understand their logic, assuming that they have some!

So there you have it, I am a night owl! well it’s either that or I am a bit barmy!

Communication is a two way process.

I have long been of the opinion that we are loosing our ability to communicate except with short messages and abbreviated text.

Now it takes two or more to communicate, your local radio station does not normally communicate with you, instead it broadcasts to you. Communication only happens when they read out messages received from listeners or do a phone in show.

Youngsters these days seem to just assume that text messages in various forms are the normal and in some cases the only way of communicating.

But this post is aimed really at people or companies that ask for responses or feedback communications by email and then don’t reply.

You have all seen the advertisement that recommends you email for further details on whatever they are offering, so you fire off a question or questions and they wait, and you wait, and you wait for a reply that never arrives. From my experience this is becoming more and more common especially with businesses.

From this I can only draw one conclusion and that is they are collecting email addresses. This is based if nothing else but on the fact that guilty companies will some months later often send out a generic email pushing one or more of their products, and the only way they could have got the address they used was from the email you sent them that they never replied to.

I have proved this by creating a series of email addresses for one of the domains I have and then using them once and once only to email a company with a query. This has resulted in over 50% of those addresses receiving a generic email from the company some time later and the original email they never bothered to answer.

It always puzzles me why companies send out this generic stuff and I wonder how successful it is. I suppose the important this to remember is that it coasts nothing to send an email, perhaps if it cost say even 1p to send a email if this practice would stop.

Many people have said in various articles over the years that spam email would die if it cost money to send an email. I don’t know, I mean most of the stuff I send to friends is so basic that it would not be worth spending a penny on to send it.

Anyway back to communications, do you have examples of failure to communicate? If so please let me know either in the comments to this email or by direct email.

The early bird catches a cold.

Well it’s almost 4am and I am sitting at my computer writing a blog entry.

Of late I have become a bit nocturnal, sleeping through parts of the day and up during the night.

Of late I don’t seem to be able to have a steady sleep pattern, I am suffering with leg ulcers at the moment which is not helping either. But I must admit that I do find typing away through the night quite relaxing for some strange reason. But the noise from hitting the keyboard keys seems louder at night, then again perhaps it’s just my imagination?

Having said that most of what I produce is still a load of rubbish as far as I am concerned but at least I am more relaxed when I produce it.

I have communicated with a number of writers who write through the night, so perhaps for some it helps creativity, who knows?

Time for a coffee I think, to warm the inner man as they say, who they is I have no idea I must say, perhaps I should waste some time on Google and YouTube seeing what I can turn up. No doubt I will find piles of stuff, weather or not it’s of any use or interest is another matter, much like this blog I suppose.