February has a habit of catching me out. Spring starts to drop hints, the birds begin to act amorously and then it snows. Even in years that are generally free of snow February often manages to squeeze out a few flakes. As I’ve said before, it probably wouldn’t be considered snow in many countries that get proper snow, but in the UK a couple of inches for a couple of days brings us to a halt.
It’s a bit like those summer heatwaves we have – we don’t get one every year and they only last a couple of days. We all complain and need a lie down in temperatures that would be considered mild in Australia.
As a result, we have few snowploughs and no domestic air conditioning.
However, that doesn’t stop me complaining that it’s unseasonably nippy this morning. Nor does it stop me becoming a stereotype, British and talking about the weather. Whatever next? I’ll be on to Europe, immigration and capital punishment next.
Talking of which, I’ve just been looking at Albania on Wikipedia. I find that it is a member of two organisations I had not previously heard of – the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and Union for the Mediterranean. I didn’t even realise it was on the Black Sea. And when I check it up, it isn’t. Quite a few of the members aren’t on the Black Sea, and when you check the “Observer Members” the link becomes even more tenuous – they include Egypt and Israel (which must make for some fun meetings), France, Poland, Tunisia and the United States.
It’s much the same with the Union for the Mediterranean, but the entire EU is in that one – even Ireland, which it’s notably lacking in olive groves and sparkling blue seas. It seems, from reading the Wiki entry, that this is not a particularly effective organisation. One meeting ground to a halt when nobody could agree whether to refer to certain territories as “occupied” or “under occupation”. Such is life as an international diplomat.
It’s a good thing I don’t blog about politics or I might be tempted into sarcasm.
There is, it seems, tension between the EU and some of the less progressive states over Human Rights. This led me to checking which countries still executed homosexuals, and then to checking where the UK stood on this. We last executed men for homosexual activity in 1835. Times and sensibilities were different then, but it was a surprise to find it was so recent.
So there you are, a discussion on the weather followed by world politics and capital punishment for something which isn’t actually a crime in the UK. Only on the internet…
Now, I’ve learned a lot from this post as well as enjoying your wit. The life of a diplomat indeed!
I enjoy my tours round the internet – better than working! 🙂
Oh yes, I can imagine!
The Albania/Black Sea paragraph points up the problems of letting too many members in – just saying
You are absolutely right. They always got less work done on the farm when they had two apprentices than when they just had the one.
You think that we don’t have enoough gritters? Check this out (amusing names too!)
The names are excellent, and wide-ranging.
Not sure about numbers – I think our council is just trying to save money by not sending them out.
We think the names show the right spirit in our highway maintenance managers.
Yes, it is nice to think that the crew of Sir Salter Scott et al will do their job in cheerful mood as a result.
Norman Wisdom, truly a blast from the past!
Yes, I hadn’t thought of him for years until Charlie mentioned him.
I decided to do internet research. Fire I wrote my blog today…bad idea…
I wrote long relies. Then, fortunately, I deleted them. 😉
The trouble is, you make me think too much
It’s a blessing and a curse….
This is probably the first time in history when thinking is a bad thing. Too much to annoy us…
What would Socrates say?
Pass the Hemlock…
This post covered a lot of territory. 😉 And as someone who must deal with both extreme heat and extreme cold—not to mention hurricanes and blizzards—I think the weather is a very important subject.
Yes, but you have to take it seriously – it’s a lot moree xtreme than ours. 🙂
In my part of Oregon, extreme cold is not a problem, but extreme heat and summer drought are definitely a problem. 🙂
I hadn’t realised that until I started reading your blog – always thought of it as a bit cold and wet. I live and learn.
Winter is on the cool and rainy side, summers are hot and dry.
Sounds even better than I used to think.
No mention of Norman Wisdom then? Someone once told me we are still at war with Albania as they never signed the treaty? in 1945/6
Not sure about the Peace Treaty – they were on our side, I suppose, since Italy was the aggressor who invaded them. I read One Hit Wonderland and was surprised to find out how popular Norman Wisdom was there. 🙂
Must have been twaddle then, someone told me that years ago lol. Apparently there’s a statue of him 😂😂
Yes, I’ve seen a picture of the statue but can’t find it at the moment.
There have been some long wars.
Not a bad song 😂 No, the statue doesn’t seem to come up, but there’s a good one on the Isle of White 😉