Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Stormy Weather

It rained. In other parts of the UK it rained harder. Rail links between England and Scotland were closed by fallen trees and flood water pulling the earth out from under the tracks. I talked to Alice in the evening. She'd had hailstones the size of golf balls and a river running down her street.

It's tempting to link the weather to the latest financial/political scandal. Our ancestors wouldn't have scrupled. They'd have thought it natural that the weather should foreshadow or play along with happenings in the human world. Given the way scandals have been breaking this year it's a wonder we've had any fine days at all.

The latest involves Barclays Bank and the appropriately named Bob Diamond and traders with sobriquets like Big Boy, The Dude and Bollinger Man. (How do people with such shrivelled imaginations end up running things? Is it because smarter, kinder people just don't fancy the gig?) I imagine this scandal links to all the other scandals we've been enjoying. The people involved know one another, admire one another, went to the same schools, attend the same parties, care for nothing but money. The blanket term "these people" includes our useless Prime Minister and his even more useless Chancellor. Are we witnessing the end of civilization as we know it? Probably. Though "civilization" hardly seems the word.

One bright gleam amid the encircling gloom: Rupert Murdoch has said he won't be investing in Britain any more. Asked why by a Fox reporter he replied, "The English". I'm not much of a one for waving the flag of St George, but- just this once- En-ger-land! En-ger-land! En-ger-land!

  • The Cottages At Cuckmere Haven

    Showing the Coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven from the other side- and how close they now are to a cliff edge that is steadily eroding.

  • Charming Shits And Pig-headed Saints

    I'm back to wanting a bit of Dickens in my life- so I've taken up with Martin Chuzzlewit again- and it begins to bite. Martin himself,…

  • Iconic

    We'd planned to go to Brighton, but when it came to it we couldn't think of anything we actually wanted to do when we got there, so we went…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.