Thursday, 2 July 2009

Skywatch Friday - Old Rhodes Town

Old Rhodes Town
(Click to enlarge and cross your fingers!)

Sunday mornings on holiday, after I've been to church, I always like to walk around the edge of the Old Town and look over the walls.

The Moat was always dry apparently but was still a formidable barrier to attack. Now it's landscaped with grass, palm trees and pines and you can walk through it.

There are 4 kilometres of defensive walls developed by The Knights of St John mainly as a defence against the Turks in the 1480s.

This was yet another day in May where there was not a cloud in that heavenly blue sky!

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Get a Grip Blogger!

Recently I've been whinging on about the inconsistency of Blogger in relation to inserting photographs that enlarge.

Still haven't sussed out what the problem is because using exactly the same method to insert them, one day they insert and enlarge, the next they don't.

Today I have another moan. What a surprise! I went to look at the blog updates and now I've got this message on my Dashboard:

I'm almost frightened to say this but click to enlarge the picture if you can't read the text!

Now just wait a minute!

What about all those lovely blogs I've been following for the past 10 months? Have I been imagining them? Maybe it's a Dallas moment and I've been dreaming like Bobby Ewing for all that time?


Well that would be OK because if that's the case, I obviously haven't been on holiday yet. Still got something to look forward to. Well was that trip to Rhodes part of the dream too? If so it was a blooming good one.

Did I have a moment of complete madness and delete them? No, I'm not that doolally yet.

No it's all too real this problem and it hasn't gone away. I've been in and out of Google a couple of times and yes, they've all gone.

I was horrified that I might have to start searching for all the blogs I follow. I know I'd never remember them all.


Anyway I've just checked my Blog and thank goodness the updates are still showing on the right hand side. Phew!

Now if they come back I'll make a list of them and also the urls so if they disappear and the side of the blog stops updating I'll still be able to find them.

Is this what they call Disaster Planning?


What on earth is going on?

Come on Blogger, for pity's sake, get a grip before you really do send me doolally tap altogether!

Monday, 29 June 2009

What's the Definition of a Heatwave?

No, it's not one of those jokes.

Apparently the Met Office has issued a heatwave warning for England and Wales and the Department of Health has asked people to check on elderly friends and family. NHS staff have also been warned to prepare for a surge of elderly and ill patients suffering from the heat.

And what sort of temperatures are we expecting?


Well wait for it........In London, the temperature will rise steadily from about 29C on Sunday to about 32C by the end of the week. Yippeee!!!

What about the rest of us? Well supposedly i
n the rest of UK, temperatures will climb from about 22C to about 29C. Note my scepticism, I say supposedly because this doesn't marry up with the weather here in the North East today and the BBC weather forecast for the rest of the week.

Anyway, come on, is that really what you call a heatwave? I would say it has to get above 30C and I'm pretty positive I've never experienced that here in the North East. Maybe 28 or 29F for a day!

So what is a heatwave?

I was surprised to find that there is no accepted definition of a heatwave.

There is no universal definition of a heat wave and the term is relative to the usual weather in the area or local threshold. The definition recommended by the World Meteorological Organization is when the daily maximum temperature of more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 5 °C, the normal average period being 1961 to 1990 (which corresponds to the UK baseline of thirty years). Source: UK Climate Projections
So by this definition it really only constitutes a "heatwave" in the London area. Have to ask, does that really constitute a UK heatwave?

Bill Bryson was right when he says he's bewildered by the British attitude to the weather. If you've read Notes From a Small Island you may remember how he describes our tendency to suffer from hyperbole in relation to the weather. Yes, we certainly do exaggerate the slight deviations from the weather norms. "Somebody" also assumes that if it happens in London, that's the whole of the UK.

What's the temperature today here in the North East of England? Well according to the BBC it's a high of 16C, 61F, it's grey and cloudy. Oooh I'm sweltering. Don't think so!!!!!


What's on the cards for tomorrow? Sunny intervals and a huge 18C, 66F. Whey hey!

The highest temperature this week? Wednesday more sunny intervals with a massive 19C, 68F. Oh my goodness, don't think I can cope with that heat!

Well I just can't wait for this heatwave. Better get my bathing costume out and the sun cream and dash out to buy a fan of some description to cool me down or I'll get heatstroke. I'll not go mad and get a quote for the swimming pool just yet. I'll wait for the global warming to take effect. Well they're forecasting that the water level will rise and London will be submerged. So it's lifebelts and rubber dinghies all round then?

I assume it's the best weather we're going to get this summer so I'd better make the most of it.


Post 103

What's a Gansey?

                                                Photograph courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums It's a seaman's kni...