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English Weather

Climate is what we expect; weather is what we get.

The English love to talk about the weather; when an Englishman meets a friend or acquaintance they could spend a good hour or so discussing the weather.

The thing is, there are so many topics polite Englishmen almost never talk about; feelings, money, politics, religion, and sex to name just a few taboo topics.

The other thing is; we get so much weather in England.  American tourists in London can never understand that, no matter how sunny and fine a day it is when they leave their hotel, within a hour it will be pouring with rain.

We English also have many, many interesting words and phrases to describe our weather.  Brass Monkeys, Raining Cats and Dogs, A Bit Parky, Chucking It Down, It’s a Scorcher, It’s Just Drizzling, It’s a Bit Damp, Pea Souper, Sea Fret… to quote a few.

English weather is pretty clement, not usually extreme at all.  For us 40 degrees Fahrenheit is bloody cold, and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is bloody hot.  We don’t often get very strong winds, and even though it rains almost all the time, we don’t often get torrential downpours.

Mostly I like the weather in England, at least from April to September / October I like it here.  From October to April it’s bloody awful and everyone in England will have colds, or flu, or even pleurisy.  (I’m just recovering from a bout of pneumonia.)

So, if ever you’re in England, expect to be bored spitless by everyone always talking about the damn weather.

And, by the way, no sensible Englishman believes in Climate Change.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Scenes on Sunday ~ Monochromatic Utah

People can be lonely under a big Utah sky.

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pictures taken with a Lumix

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Scenes on Sunday ~ Navajo Sandstone

Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs cut by the Virgin River.

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Brexit Groundhog Day

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Writing about politics is not my forte, nor do politics often interest me.  However, I am moved to comment a little on the debacle that is the exit of Britain from the European Union ~ Brexit.

In a Parliamentary debate, Jeremy Corbyn, (the leader of the Labour Party, the guy who looks like a bad geography teacher), accused Theresa May, (the Prime Mininster, the woman who looks like the head mistress of a third-rate girls’ school), of being stuck in Brexit Groundhog Day.

For those at a loss as to the allegory, ‘Groundhog Day’ is a 1993 Bill Murray movie based on a story by Danny Rubin.  In the film Murray plays arrogant TV weatherman Phil Connors, who gets stuck in a time loop on Groundhog Day in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, and is forced to relive Groundhog Day, over and over again.  As it goes, the pathetic Jeremy Corbyn chose a bad allusion.  The Bill Murray character is arrogant, but capable ~ our Prime Minister, Theresa May is neither.  The Bill Murray character uses these endlessly repeating days to find different strategies to try and woo the beautiful Rita Hanson, (played by the beautiful Andie MacDowell) ~ I’m not even certain that Theresa May has one strategy, never mind using the time to find different strategies to get Britain out of the ugly European Union.  And, Theresa May is not nearly devoting enough of her thought, time, and energy to getting Great Britain out of the European Union.

The Government cannot just be consumed by Brexit.  There is so much more to do.  ~  Theresa May.

However, the Prime Minister has, at least, 5 insoluble problems:

  1. The country is deeply divided.  In the EU referendum on 23 June 2016, only 51.9% of those who voted, (72.2% of the electorate), said they wanted to get out of Europe.  Not only that, there were huge regional variations, with London voting strongly to stay in the EU.
  2. Parliament is deeply divided.  In all honesty, most of the self-serving members of parliament, (that would be about 90% of them), want to stay in the European Union.  The EU is an endless ‘gravy train’ for politicians ~ when Britain leaves all those highly-paid, generously pensioned, non-jobs will no longer be open to British politicians.
  3. Great Britain is the number 2 source of funding to European Union Institutions, (after Germany), and EU officials and politicians are terrified of what will happen to their finances when Britain finally leaves.  Consequently the EU is demanding a ‘Brexit divorce settlement‘ of 100 billion Euros ~ fuck off on yer bike.  The irresolute Theresa May is currently offering 20 billion Euros.  In the view of the majority of English people, we should walk away without paying a penny.
  4. Most of Europe has a strong dislike of England because; we are better than they are, we have won every war with them that’s ever been fought, and we refuse to learn their foreign languages.  This dislike spills over among European Union politicians, officials, institutions, and their press and broadcast media.  That makes substantive negotiations extremely difficult.
  5. Deep within herself, Theresa May seems to be someone who would prefer compromise to confrontation.  She lacks confidence, having called what turned out to be a disaster of a General Election on June 8th this year.  She lacks charisma, even the clown Boris Johnson has more genuine charisma than does Prime Minister Theresa May.  There is no steel in her soul, one can just imagine what Margaret Thatcher would have made of Brexit negotiations ~ likely she would have hit the alcoholic Jean Claude Junker with her handbag.

Those who think in Britain they can push the Brexit button and not have a bill to pay are seriously mistaken.  ~  Charles Michel

What Great Britain needs now is a Winston Churchill, not an irresolute Neville Chamberlain.  (Churchill’s reputation has been hijacked by pro-Europeans, who have obviously never read his books The Second World War, or A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.)

In the best interests of Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May has got to be brave, she has got to be strong, and she has got to be tough.  I’m not holding my breath.

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jack collier

jackollier7@talktalk.net

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Scenes on Sunday ~ Wilderness

The Sun, the Winds, and the Mountains are always on the side of the truest men.

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jack collier

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pictures taken with a Lumix

by the girl riding shotgun

 

Weird Wyoming

Wyoming; like no place on Earth.

For this well-travelled Englishman, Southern Wyoming has the weirdest landscape I have ever seen.  Not only that, one can drive for a hundred miles in total isolation, and everything looks the same for every single mile.  I love California, I liked Utah, I’m not yet certain about Wyoming.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures taken with a Lumix,

by the girl riding shotgun

Pacific Surf

The Pacific Ocean is nothing like the cold North Sea.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Long USA Road Trip

I’m beginning to recover from the 3,500 road trip I had in the USA recently.  There were some strange places on the route.  Like Beaver in Utah.

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Downtown Las Vegas.

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And Big Bear Lake.

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The girl riding shotgun did get very buzzed in Big Bear, but that’s more down to the altitude than anything else.

I would not have missed this trip for the world.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Grace in the Desert

In time it is Zion that reaches out to the lions.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures by the girl riding shotgun taken with a Lumix

Dusk and Dawn

Morning without her is a dwindled dawn.

Betwixt sunset and dawn is a mystical place

where the warrior’s path shows its truest face

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The worst hot dog I have ever not eaten was served to me in Fillmore, Utah.  Otherwise it’s a lovely place.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

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