Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ice, Snow and Earthquakes

This global warming eh? Weeks of ice and snow, average temperatures in the last couple of years have fallen and we are in the coldest December since records began.

Then around 11 00pm last night I turned on a tap in the bathroom and the house rumbled. I thought it must have been air in the pipes or something, but after the house flooding in May we went around each floor checking for leaks or another flood. Nothing.

This morning we saw the news and it had been an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter Scale apparently. It was centred on Coniston, about 20 miles north of us in the Lake District. No damage fortunately it seems and  more importantly no injuries.

What with people at my beloved's workplace going down with flu and/or the Norovirus, and the weather killing off the sprout harvest all we need is a spot of pestilence to make it a really biblical Christmas.

The arrogance of man is such that we think we have power over whether or not the Earth survives. I suggest it is rather the other way round. Nature holds all the trump cards, we are at the mercy of nature no matter how supremely powerful we believe we are.


Stuart said...

Jusat read about the earthquake.

Don't worry though they are praying to the Mayan jaguar goddess Ixchel in Cancun!

e.f. bartlam said...

Be careful over there :).

I had a copy of the Coming Ice Age in my hands last week. I found it at an antique shop/flea market.

It was ex-library though and even for a laugh I can't force myself to buy those.

Gregg said...

God help us! Or maybe Ixchelhelp us.

Gregg said...

We used to be warned about the coming ice age at school in the 1970s. I remember being really disappointed when they meant in about 2000 rather than 20 years.

e.f. bartlam said...

That's me with global best I think it's misplaced worst a plot, but secrectly I'm rooting for it.

I'd be thrilled if it never got below 80 again in my lifetime.

Gregg said...

Me too Mr Bartlam. Get those aerosols going and up the temperature!

Gregg said...

Me too Mr Bartlam. Get those aerosols going and up the temperature!

e.f. bartlam said...

There's gotta be a special prize for double posting on your own blog.

Gregg said...

That's very worrying. Hope it's not the start of some form of dementia!!

Greg_L-W. said...


might be but I can't remember!

& A Happy New Year to You Two Too (No relation of that South African rascal!)