Two Things of Note
It’s almost 10pm as I write this and it’s still 23 degrees C out there. For the past three weeks now – and with at least another week to go – we’ve been regularly experiencing daytime temperatures hovering around 30 degrees. In most places this wouldn’t amount to much – but this is England! I’ve been trying to think of the last time we had weather this warm for this long and I can only think of 1976 which was a notable year in many ways. One of the major issues, of course, is that our buildings and transport infrastructure is designed to keep people warm rather than cool so air-conditioning is a rarity. Both of my local supermarkets have air-con so that’s ‘cool’ but my bus home – DEAR GOD that’s warm and sultry complete with tiny windows designed (naturally) to allow in a modicum of fresh air without losing precious heat!
As a Celt I am, as you can imagine, suffering quite a bit. Surprisingly I’m sleeping OK on top of the covers and I think that’s helping a lot. During the day though – that’s TOUGH. Luckily my office is nicely cool but anytime I have to go out for any length of time I come back exhausted and, often, feeling sick. That’s probably the humidity more than the actual heat but I’ve never done particularly well with heat, humidity or direct sunlight. If you want to see me collapse in just about every way possible sit me outside out of the shade on a hot day. It’s not nice, not at all, and that’s before I add in my hay fever! Thankfully with me its tree pollen which has dropped off considerably lately. Grass pollen doesn’t bother me much so my summer sneezing is pretty much done now till next year. Looking at the forecast the high temperatures ease off from Saturday and drop (at least for a while) to the much more comfortable low 20’s C. That I can cope with.
In other news it looks like the Tories are about to self-destruct over Brexit. David Davis (Brexit Secretary) resigned on Sunday and Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) resigned this afternoon. How that leaves Teresa May (Prime Minister) is anyone’s guess at this point. Both posts have been quickly filled but it must have done the PM some serious political damage. Plus the fact that both Davis and Boris can now freely snipe from the back benches and plot the PM’s downfall without getting into serious hot water. Of course the fact that we’re only EIGHT months away from the Brexit deadline makes everything particularly fractious. If there’s a leadership contest that could take three months. Is the EU going to continue negotiations with someone (probably) on borrowed time? Will Brexit be derailed? Postponed? Or will we, as I’ve been predicting all along crash out without any deal in place? Just when you thought that Brexit couldn’t fuck things up any further….. Interesting times, eh? But at least we have blue skies to wonder at and ice cream to look forward to….