Saturday, 21 July 2007

The rain in Spain

My daughter in London sent me this photo yesterday afternoon. I had the air-conditioning on and the blinds were down to shut out the afternoon sun when the picture came through. It was really hot outside on our terrace in the afternoon heat of southern Spain.

Each time I visit London I take my grandson on foot under this railway bridge and we head for Battersea Park. Next time I am across there might even be flood water level markings on the walls.

Sitting in the cool of our apartment watching flood warnings, trapped motorists and helicopter rescues across Britain it was difficult not to feel detached, as if this was happening in Bangladesh or somewhere in South America.

Is this a result of global warming? If it isn't, why not play safe anyway and take just that bit more care of our planet wherever you are?

If you pass me the remote for my air con system I'll turn it down to save electricity. But only one degree mind you.

Oh! Yes and thank you for asking, my daughter's kitchen did get flooded that same afternoon.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our mother and father were in London in 1964 and saw My Fair Lady in the year it opened. Our father was an accomplished violinist and enjoyed taking time out of his beloved chamber music to play the different hit songs from this most famous of musicals.

He really enjoyed `The Rain in Spain’.

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
I think she's got it! I think she's got it!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
By George, she's got it! By George, she's got it!
Now, once again where does it rain?
On the plain! On the plain!
And where's that soggy plain?
In Spain! In Spain!

I sure he would be horrified to hear that his great grand son had to paddle around the kitchen of his lovely home. (But I bet Sam enjoyed it!)

29 July 2007 21:36  
Blogger Mike Drury said...

I read in The Times at the end of July that in Elizabethan times people kept away the rain by chanting

"Raine raine, goe to Spain
Faire weather come againe"

The rhyme was much more effective if you were looking at a rainbow at the same time.

This makes sense because rainbows usually come out just when the sun is starting to shine again.

4 August 2007 14:01  

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