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Yay! timscience has aquaplaned back safely from his camping trip. Best night of the year to decide to go and camp by a river. Apparently Truck festival have a parking field under water and are thefore advising people to park in the village or come by public transport. Hmmm.

Poll #1024894 So! Much! Rain!

So much rain! What's going on?

It's the APOCALYPSE for sure.
5(13.2%)
You're going to a festival, duh.
7(18.4%)
Mud-wrestling!
1(2.6%)
Call this rain? When I was a young 'un we used to swim THREE MILES to get to school and were thankful for it.
4(10.5%)
Let me give you a short lecture on how global warning is making weather systems more extreme, creating a greater incidence of storms.
4(10.5%)

Floods in Sudan? For real?

Well, it is the rainy season, although I'll admit it's quite unusual for that to bring significant quantities of rain.
3(7.7%)
Yes, and I'm sure it will solve all their problems instantly.
1(2.6%)
Yes, and I'm sure it will make no difference whatsoever.
5(12.8%)
Yes, and somehow I don't think it'll improve the marginal nomadic farmer experience.
16(41.0%)
Frankly, I don't think anything could improve the marginal nomadic farmer experience.
14(35.9%)

The worst thing about a wet festival is:

Getting soaked to the skin
3(7.7%)
Bands being too hammered and/or cold and miserable to play well
3(7.7%)
No way to sit down without getting mud-arsed
12(30.8%)
Watching friends nervously for signs of hypothermia
0(0.0%)
Watching self nervously for signs of hypothermia
2(5.1%)

When I get home this evening:

Water will have come in through the weak seal around the bottom of the front door.
6(15.8%)
Toxic run-off from my neigbours' gardens will have finally killed of my Rose of Sharon.
3(7.9%)
The ants will all be drowned.
8(21.1%)
The rats will all be drowned.
1(2.6%)
The pigeons will all be drowned.
2(5.3%)

Tell me the best way to keep warm this weekend:

Drink enough wine to replace the blood leaking out of me
5(12.5%)
Pack a thermos, waterproofs, survival blanket and one of those dogs with a flask of brandy.
6(15.0%)
Shared body warmth {:]
12(30.0%)
Triple-layer your hoodies and dubbin everything that's going to be exposed.
6(15.0%)
Just stay at home, Jeremy. The line-up's kind of rubbish anyway.
11(27.5%)

Comments

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applez
20th Jul, 2007 13:31 (UTC)
I shouldn't mention it - but you've reminded me ... I have seen drowned pigeons!
cleanskies
20th Jul, 2007 13:47 (UTC)
it's all my fault for using hairspray in the 80s
Well, where's that lecture on global warming you're all promising me.
purpletigron
20th Jul, 2007 14:59 (UTC)
Re: it's all my fault for using hairspray in the 80s
Urm ... that would be the ozone hole?
applez
20th Jul, 2007 15:50 (UTC)
Re: it's all my fault for using hairspray in the 80s
Actually, in this (narrow) case, it was the torrential rain in Mexico combined with lack of elevated cover that pigeons might access...so they had no choice but drowning.

Oh, and why this was, clearly it was all "natural variability" uh-huh.
cleanskies
20th Jul, 2007 16:07 (UTC)
poor pigeons
I should step up my tree planting programme.
twic.myopenid.com
20th Jul, 2007 23:42 (UTC)
Re: it's all my fault for using hairspray in the 80s
no choice but drowning


HELLO GLASTONBURY!

-- tom
benchilada
20th Jul, 2007 13:54 (UTC)
I simply MUST know in what context these drowned pigeons were...
applez
20th Jul, 2007 15:53 (UTC)
Two sorta examples, actually.
It was Mexico, Guadalajara to be exact. It was in a newish development area that didn't have trees; and the rain was so heavy that nothing could fly. The birds found cover too low to the ground, and were flooded to death.

Second example: drowned sea gull - Taiwan. But I suspect it was a combination of whatever it was eating, the typhoon, and possible wing damage that left it overly exposed. Cause of death might not have been drowning in this instance, but it certainly ended up in a gully (no pun intended).
concourse
20th Jul, 2007 13:40 (UTC)
Indoor festival at home!

says the man who is at the same time in no way starting to regret deciding not to go to Truck and feeling just a tiny bit glad after all now the weather's gone quite so grotty
cleanskies
20th Jul, 2007 13:50 (UTC)
I did used to have a living room with a carpet that looked like carved-up festival mud. After one particularly bad Glasto, I was having flashbacks every time I glanced down.

Hmmm.

Please be aware that a number of roads in Oxfordshire are now closed or blocked due to flooding. At the moment the following roads have been affected:

the B4044 under the A420 near Cumnor
the road from Uffington to Fernham
the road from Uffington to Woolstone
the road to the toll bridge at Farmoor.

cleanskies
20th Jul, 2007 14:00 (UTC)
a tiny bit glad?
more like smug as a basket full of creamed kittens
concourse
20th Jul, 2007 14:10 (UTC)
Are creamed kittens known for their smugness? Smug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug maybe...
cleanskies
20th Jul, 2007 14:38 (UTC)
that would be as in "covered in"

basket of kittens
basket of kittens
smug, cream, kittens, etc.

concourse
20th Jul, 2007 14:48 (UTC)
Those are leopard cubs!
cleanskies
20th Jul, 2007 14:52 (UTC)
no, they are tiny
Never understimate the cuteness of Bengal kittens
concourse
20th Jul, 2007 14:55 (UTC)
Those are proper-cute
They're like ducklings in cat form.
motodraconis
20th Jul, 2007 14:28 (UTC)
Drowned wet tenty festivals are grim enough at the best of times, if you're ill and in pain, it's going to be seven shades of hell.

I say spend the weekend in bed warm under the duvet.

I shall be spending my weekend in bed with Harry Potter if the postie don't let me down.
cleanskies
20th Jul, 2007 14:40 (UTC)
There are (and were) no plans to camp. This is a just-down-the-road festival.

Also, Oxford's post is frelled! Of course, I remember this AFTER I've placed the amazon order ....
motodraconis
20th Jul, 2007 14:47 (UTC)
That puts a whole different slant on things... if you can return to your own warm bed then that's not nearly as bad!

Don't mention post... mutter, I've no guarentee of my post arriving either.
zengineer
20th Jul, 2007 14:51 (UTC)
I saw a postal van delivering in central Oxford today so don't give up hope completely. I've heard 20% of the work force are dirty scabs.
truecatachresis
20th Jul, 2007 14:48 (UTC)
The BBC weather forecast isn't too terrible - Truck's postcode gives you Abingdon's forecast, which is light showers tomorrow and possibility of showers on Sunday.
truecatachresis
20th Jul, 2007 14:51 (UTC)
Sorry, Sunday is sunny intervals.
zengineer
20th Jul, 2007 14:49 (UTC)
Sharing body warmth is the best solution to pretty much any problem.
rufusfrog
21st Jul, 2007 21:42 (UTC)
Along with several nice cups of tea!
jinty
20th Jul, 2007 15:35 (UTC)
TRUCK FESTIVAL POSTPONED
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