I'd rather have 15-16 degrees Celsius, cloudy sky and some rain like we do now than 45 Celcius. People don't die or have to be evacuated here.
I felt absolutely horrible the last couple of days. The heat was really debilitating because it got quite humid too. We hit 39 Celsius/ 102 fahrenheit
Sounds awful. The weather people say we should get used to it, cos this won't be the last time.
Those temperatures would even be considered extreme in my part of the world and I would certainly not enjoy that at all. There are certainly places in South Africa that routinely reach 40 degrees, but I've always avoided those in favour of places that have pretty mild summer temperatures.
It's hard to imagine those temperatures right now as we're in the middle of winter here. It was about 8 degrees celsius when I went running this morning.
Some parts of the UK reached 40 degrees.
Our houses are designed to keep heat in and our roads and runways are designed to deal with rain and moisture ... so completely wrong for the temperatures we are experiencing. Airports closed because runways were damaged and road surfaces were lifting. Railway lines buckle.
Our houses aren't air-conditioned so there's no respite staying indoors and sleeping is virtually impossible. My family from California were here and couldn't get back home quick enough!
Very hot countries are prepared. Air conditioning everywhere. Extensive use of marble. Road surfaces created with heat in mind. I went to Dubai in July/August once and it was fine.
We're ok at the moment but we're going to get hot again in a week to two 😜
A thing about bonfires...
Obviously now is not a good time for them - well, today would be okay, it's overcast and it rained last night - but if you go ahead when it's not too hot, you need to do it once and then snuff it out for good with a persistent garden hose.
If you have a large, satisfying bonfire you might leave the ash there having doused it with a sprinkler but of course it can start up of its own accord in a couple of days and really get going. If you are unlucky that can happen at 2am or so when you aren't there to notice it, and then it can spread. unchecked. It's not normal conditions.
In fact, under the ash the fire might be building up for a second wind, it can be simmering away, especially if there are fox holes underneath, unbeknown to you there can be a bit of a furnace going that you simply don't know about. This is in massive contrast to any other time of the year when it can be very hard to get a fire going because of the ongoing dampness.
Again, don't do a bonfire, but if you must, have buckets of water around, a hose and do it once and finish it off for good - not with an ineffective sprinkler but a steady stream of hose water, turn over the ash and remains with a fork and hose that down too. This dousing may take an hour or so.
Otherwise, say if you did it this week and as Lady Rose predicts, it gets really hot again in a week's time, the latent embers will simmer away and get going when you are off your guard.
The fire in Wennington this week is believed to have started in a compost heap.
The weather? Could be worse ....
I’m sure there are some members here of mi6community, I can’t enter the site, whenever I try to reach the site, there’s this showing “A Timeout Occured” or “SSL Handshake failed” on cloudflare.
I installed some other browsers to cope with it, but I still can’t enter.
How can I find a solution to this? Is it me or it’s really the problem of the mi6community site itself?
Is anyone also experiencing this problem now?
Ranking of Ian Fleming Novels/Books
1. Moonraker 2. Casino Royale 3. From Russia With Love 4. Thunderball 5. You Only Live Twice 6. Dr. No 7. Diamonds Are Forever 8. Goldfinger 9. Live And Let Die 10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service 11. The Spy Who Loved Me 12. The Man With The Golden Gun
Ranking the Short Stories:
1. The Living Daylights 2. From A View To A Kill 3. For Your Eyes Only 4. The Hildebrand Rarity 5. Risico 6. Quantum Of Solace 7. Octopussy
I'm a member over there as well. I've had the same problem since mid-afternoon UK time. This happens occasionally. It's probably a problem with the website's security certificate or something like that but the admins seem to have it resolved again as the forum is back up.
Edit: It seems I spoke too soon. MI6 is down again but it'll be a technical issue on their side and hopefully the admins or site owner will get the issue resolved in time.
I know we're not supposed to post about politics here, and I'm starting to see why. Apparently British politics is so shocking even hardened journalists faint when hearing what the politicians are saying! 😲
Here's the story
Yes, that was pretty shocking. I thought it was nice to see some real humanity from the candidates in response to the host of the debate fainting. Liz Truss looked understandably shocked but I thought it was nice that she went over to the host. I don't know if it was the pressure of the debate or if the host had been feeling ill beforehand and tried to battle on? Still, nice to see genuine compassion and empathy from those wishing to be the next leader of the UK. It was Liz Truss's birthday today too. We've certainly come a long way since the "standing like robots" criticism during the breakdowns in transmission during the Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter US presidential debate in 1976:
Not bad, but I still say the best way to test the candidate's humanity is to hand them a baby while they're on the platform.
Actually, it helps to have seen The Dead Zone to see where I'm going with this...
Now, another problem I have is I’m posting something in the comment box there in MI6community, but this notifications always appearing and I can’t post my comment.
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Yes, I was talking to some of the mods there and it seems members still weren't able to post apart from PMs and on the Activity Page. Thankfully the admins seem to have the issues resolved as of this morning and the forum has returned to normal.
In that regard I feel that it would be best for all politicians to take Donald Trump's course Politicians and Babies 101. He clearly has a lot of experience in this field:
😁😁😁 I think we all know how certain politicians would react in that situation.
As you all know, we don't discuss politics here (and we all know why) but the above was an interesting event and not political in itself.
So, no more please and back to normal.
Yes, apologies for going down the political road one last time. I didn't want to get too political though and tried to keep my comments lighthearted.
If anyone could get a confirmation of this jacket on The Gray Man, I am thinking it’s Carhartt with removed logo. I messaged them on insta but still no response, I’ve been wanting a jacket like this, resembles the Detroit.
Book reviews though...
I heard a JB joke the other day and I thought I would share.
The next Bond film will see 007 transition from a man to a trans woman.
It will be called '*ocktopussy'
You fill in the missing letter.
The new bridge that joins Mactan Island to Cebu City is now open - it saves about 30 minutes on my journey between my residences so it’s pretty useful.
Is this Scotand? No, it’s rainy season in Cebu, Philippines 😂
Could've fooled me!
That's clearly from a flat part of Norway!
Is there anything in this photo you find strange or unusual? Maybe elements you rarely see in the same photo? Feel free to zoom.
Look in the far back ....
Well, apart from someone appearing to have an odd skin growth coming out of their back, to the left of the picture, it appears from the angle taken that one statue is performing a sex act, as they say, on another, if that's what you have in mind.
I didn't noticed the two statues ..... facing each other. 🤣
And you may not have noticed the person standing behind the two statues, in the Next room...
Slightly better weather with me for the minute 👍🏻