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  1. 1981 Elton John - Song for Guy - remember this being on the radio as we drove to Cheltenham in snow Christopher Cross Arthur's Theme - think because we went to the cinema to see the film - hilarious Bucks Fizz - Land of Make Believe and this .... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5jhocSCSZzk
  2. Nope, terrible destruction of wildlife without solid evidence it appears. I know they are destructuve little critters but causing this suffering is awful. I've had badger families in and aroundmy garden ever since I lived here, 20 years. I did have to ban them from the garden a couple of years ago because of the damage they do digging but it is so upsetting to see them destroyed in this way. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/21/badger-cull-success-claim-attacked-experts Haven't searched for evidence as it depresses me to read about all this destruction but I feel I did read some research once that suggested vaccinating badgers, however impractical it may seem, against TB works. It seems to be just a further example, if ever we needed one, of MP's/government officials/parliament believing what they want to believe or what is convenient to them rather than facing up to truths/evidence of the matter. It seems the country has gone mad
  3. This wind is driving me insane. Good job I lifted the hanging baskets down yesterday as there would be nothing left of them by now! It’s broken bits of my roses and dahlias and my runner beans are tied to everything I can think of to tie them to but how they are still standing upright I’ll never know
  4. I'm sure there are more scientific studies out there but suspect whether cold or hot temperatures kill more people is not so straightforward because of how cause of death is recorded. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44956310 For me the difference is if you are cold you can make efforts to warm yourself up (accepting of course the elderly sometimes can't or don't to this and develop hypothermia) whereas in extremely hot temperatures it is very difficult to get away from intense overbearing temperatures - not everyone has aircon and the elderly and infirm cannot always take showers. It is preference and it would not do for us all to be the same I guess. My moan is - I hate this heat intensely and simply cannot wait for it "to do one". Not only does it affect my own health, I have an 87 year old mum to be concerned about and pets to try and keep cool, so no it doesn't suit everyone to be burnt to a crisp
  5. Well I'm a bit confused now. Do I need to ignore the Netweather automated weather forecast? It has removed or reduced the thunderstorm risk for my area although other weather forecasts have suggested I am in the severe risk - has the risk area changed at all?
  6. My neighbour and I discussed this only yesterday. You are quite right we used to get far more thunderstorms than we currently seem to get. I well remember storms, both as a child and an adult, that used to rumble on through the night and sometimes well into the following morning. I do also remember afternoon storms as I would often feel panicked about getting home from work in time to get the horses in out of the storms when I could see them building up during the afternoon. Does anyone know what, if anything, has changed climate wise for the UK to explain why thunderstorms seem more of a rarity these days other than in the SE of the UK?
  7. Thunder and lightning in Wolves and the sky looks like armageddon ....
  8. Thunder and lightning in Wolves and the sky looks like armageddon ....
  9. Yes, I feel it was a decent ending in the end with the characters perhaps ending up where they should have done. Jon was never bought up to be a king and was never comfortable with the idea. At least Drogon was seen heading east most likely taking her back to Valaryia, I suspected Dany would end up back in Valyria, albeit not deceased. I didn't really get the Sansa line though, the HBO series made so much more of Sansa's character than the books ever did - can't wait for the last 2 novels to be released to see Martin's conclusion.
  10. Not seen final episode until tonight but will go with Tyrion for king in that case. He would make a compassionate leader, was Cersei’s brother (although Cersei stole the throne for herself and of course the Baratheon’s usurped the throne originally) and lastly there was always the gossip that Tyrion’s father was not Tywin Lannister but rather a Targaryen, which is why Tywin hated Tyrion so much.
  11. Dany's dragons would certainly come in useful at the moment....
  12. Came across this article discussing a possible end for Deanerys Targaryen. It is tied into the promised Prince Azor Ahai and the prophecy in the novels. https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a27074546/will-daenerys-targaryen-die-game-of-thrones-season-8
  13. If you like reading I'd read the novels as well. The HBO series does alter the storyline of some characters and misses out some characters altogether. Still waiting for the final novels and it will be interesting what GRR Martin's conclusions will be. I am currently reading "Fire and Blood" which is the Targaryen history 300 years prior to GoT. Next stop is the "World of Ice and Fire" which is the history of Westeros. I do enjoy GRR Martin's novels - Fevre Dream is a good read - a vampire story set deep in the American south on board a paddle boat steamer.
  14. I also could see Dany returning to Valyria with her remaining dragon after realising she has somehow lost all.
  15. I've been hooked from the beginning tbh. I've also read all the books, which are truly excellent. I agree this last series has been very rushed sadly but I have still enjoyed every minute. I wonder if they will leave a few loose ends as there is so much talk of spin off series. I was personally disappointed in Cersei's end, I so wanted a public execution by Drogon purely on account of all her evil doings - she got away far too lightly. Surely now they have to prevent Danny from taking the iron throne as she has demonstrated she could be a tyrant. Do hope they leave Drogon be though, I was so sad when the dragons perished but in Dany's hands he can do so much damage. I have half wondered in a mad moment whether Jon Snow may marry Sansa to rule together for the good if the realm as they are no longer half brother and sister but cousins. It was a comment either Tyrion or Vary's made (can't remember) when it was said Westeros was always more peaceful and prosperous when Stark's and Targaryen's ruled together. I shall miss GoT but am so looking forward to the spin off I believe is being made - no dragons sadly but white walkers should feature.
  16. Wolverhampton has had a few rumbles thunder, heavy thundery showers and some hail. I did not see any lightening but I suspect there was some. Going very dark again.
  17. Unfortunately I don't have a super duper camera and can only take snaps with my ipad or phone so I can't really get the quality of photos others do sadly. I have a deer at the bottom of my garden and noticed the other day they have a little fawn, which was somewhere in the undergrowth. The photo was taken from the top of my garden, which was the closest I could get without scaring them,
  18. Love the puddycat TEITS i wouldn't know where to start with any of it but I'm sure all you good folk on here with so much knowledge will make a good attempt to decipher it. I wonder whether it's like having all your ducks sitting pretty in a row and along comes an eagle and takes them all out. I'm sure it's not that simple but is it a case of you can have so many positive variables working towards a cold pattern but along comes a negative variable, which is so influential, it over rides the other positive ones.
  19. Am posting this with my flak jacket and helmet on just in case I get shot at, however, as someone who reads the threads daily summer and winter I feel the unkind posts criticising those who have tried to understand and use the background signals to give an indication of the winter weather are a little unfair. Unless I am mistaken yes there was talk of some major cold and snow and isn't that what Austria and parts of North America have experienced? What would the negative posters be posting today if that cold blob of vortex had landed over the UK instead of Chicago? I don't recall anyone saying extreme cold would drop on any particular post code in the UK for definite. As @knocker says there is so much information to learn from this winter, the background signals etc that did or didn't come together favourably for the UK and all these variables will absolutely add to the body of knowledge for the future.
  20. Latest quilt offering from me, my log cabin quilt. Mum aged 87 (bless her) has just hand quilted it and I'll finish off with the binding.
  21. Although I can't recall how the MetO performed back then I remember 79 well and the run of cold winters that followed in the early 80's. I was 20 in 1979 so in the flush of youth going out to disco's (everyone cringe) in flimsy summer clothes in freezing weather late at night when dad said I should be in bed! I'd even throw wellies in the back of the mini and call to check on the horses at 2am on my way home. Sometimes I expected to see a polar bear or two across the fields as it really was so cold and snow, my feet and hands got so cold. We had real fun in those snowy winters bombarding my ex's car with snowballs while out on a local pub crawl as the weather was not suitable for driving and I even remember someone coming to the pub on his ski's. What happened to change these winters. the next winters in my memory are 09/10 and December 2010. It's the same with thunderstorms, I call recall some real thunder days - they are a rare event around here in recent summers. It does seem to me also the MetO longer range forecasts have not been useful at all
  22. Still just about snowing here but we are quite high up here in Penn
  23. Never thought I would post in any model thread for fear of being blasted by some members but I do read daily what all the knowledgeable folk post in all these threads in the hope of learning from you all (my science is more biology).....and of course looking forward to any cold snowy weather coming our way as well. However, as disappointing as it is turning out to be I really do hope you all won't be hard on yourselves as things so far haven't turned out as positive as you all were thinking with background signals and SSW's. To have understood and gathered as much knowledge as you all have, to share the knowledge with others and articulate it all so well has truly been a delight to read over the winter months and I really applaud you all for it.
  24. Yes, I bet it is. My logs àre dropped off on my drive so I then have to stack them and it is hard going and I don't have to chop mine up. I've lost count of the times I've squished my fingers and dropped logs on my feet and it hurts!
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