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    Woo.

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      I'm just glad we could play a small part in Man City's ascent to glory.

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        If this lockdown keeps up my hair is going to resemble his Boro prime.

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          The coldest and wettest I've ever been have been on that coast.

          Blyth. Fucking hell.

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            Originally posted by sw2borshch View Post

            I understand Middlesbrough to be drier than Bordeaux. But we get more grey, drizzly days and they get proper stormy piss downs. Tyne & Wear is definitely colder than Middlesbrough though, many's the summer day when I have set off in a t-shirt and pulled a shirt on when I arrived. I still think there can't be anywhere windier in the world than here though.
            It's the cooler weather that does for me on Tyne and Wear. Not noticeably different in winter, but more obvious in the warmer months compared to further south and west. It can be a blessing though during a heatwave, such as 2018 when we were getting temperatures in the low 20s rather than high 20s/low 30s. Equally, my workplace in North Tyneside last year hit 28 degrees on the day Cambridge reached 38.

            I think the myth ftom my southern friends and relatives about it being stereotypically wet up here stems from the fact that when any of them have come up to visit, it's pissed down in stair rods.

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              https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...box=1589375167

              It wasn't a stupid question after all then.

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                Originally posted by ursus arctos View Post
                24 April
                Cloudy with periods of rain, 7C at 10am

                4 September
                Cloudy at first with occasional rain or drizzle, 14C at 10am

                Via the front page of the Evening Chronicle for the days in question, accessed via the British Library's British Newspaper Archive
                ursus arctos Have you got a subscription to that then? I was just trying to access some obituaries of my great grandfather but frankly £7 a month seems a bit steep.

                (Just to be clear, this is out of interest, not trying to get you to do my research for me - I've managed to find the information elsewhere)
                Last edited by Etienne; 15-05-2020, 11:32.

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                  Not currently, though I have had in the past

                  I was able to get the Newcastle data using their very limited free searches

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                    I just feel a bit bitter that after a few years of having to trek to Colindale to access it back when I had a readers pass, now that I can do it from home I have to pay a fee which I don't think really bears much reflection on the cost of allowing access.

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                      That occurred to me as well

                      The NYPL has negotiated agreements with a number of its service providers to allow home access to databases that are usually only available in libraries for as long as the libraries are closed.

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                        This doesn't sound good.
                        West Bengal, Odisha and coastal areas of Bangladesh on high alert for super-cyclone

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                          Not very timely now, but it feels remiss to have nothing on the Michigan flooding. Thankfully it seems people had time to evacuate, but Midland must be totally destroyed at this point with 35 feet of floodwater. Not to mention the contamination from the chemical plant.

                          Also, Kolkata, holy shit. The immediate death toll seems relatively low given the damage, luckily, but it could be horrific if it contributes to a coronavirus outbreak, or just a "usual"post-disaster outbreak
                          Last edited by Ginger Yellow; 21-05-2020, 12:43.

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                            Dow Chemical is headquartered in Midland

                            https://twitter.com/HirokoTabuchi/status/1263158136967434242

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                              The amazing Spring weather that we're having in southern England and much of the rest of the country, the onset of which seemed to coincide almost exactly with the start of the lockdown, is adding substantially to the surreality of the current situation. I'm getting a tantalising glimpse of what it must be like to live in a country with a pleasant climate.

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                                I suspect this could be the driest, mildest and sunniest Spring on record in the UK, given that the met office uses the period 1st March-31st May. Even though we've had also some cooler temperatures and breezy days at times in the North East (bordering on gale force this weekend gone), we've barely had any significant rain since the first week of March. There have been other Spring months in the past which have been exceptional (May 2018, March 2012, April 2011) but few as consistent over three months.

                                At the moment, the ground is rock solid and in the local parkland, I'm discovering paths in the woods I've never been on before, because they're often boggy and not easy to access. There are also some stepping stones across the burn which I never knew existed. The waterfalls look a lot less intense too.

                                It also makes me wonder how much worse the country's state of mind would have been if the weather had been atrocious during the lockdown like it was in February.? Imagine queuing outside the shops while it's tipping it down day after day.

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                                  Pissing down in SWFL, which is a good thing because it will keep the idiots indoors.

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                                    Originally posted by Arturo View Post
                                    It also makes me wonder how much worse the country's state of mind would have been if the weather had been atrocious during the lockdown like it was in February.? Imagine queuing outside the shops while it's tipping it down day after day.

                                    Yes, I've been wondering about that too. The good weather certainly helps lift the mood generally but OTOH it must be difficult if you can't enjoy it in the sort of ways that you would normally do. It's been quite warm on occasion too which isn't great if you're stuck in a small, confined space.

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                                      Yes, it's very much a double edged sword. I'm very lucky to live within walking distance of some beautiful parkland, but feel for those who don't have such access. On the flip side I wish I could have got out to see so much more while the weather, light and colours have been so good because it could all change in a heartbeat to rain and cold again.

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                                        Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
                                        It also makes me wonder how much worse the country's state of mind would have been if the weather had been atrocious during the lockdown like it was in February.? Imagine queuing outside the shops while it's tipping it down day after day.


                                        This is one of these things when I'm totally out of step with most people. I'd vastly prefer it to be miserable during lockdown. I'm only going outside once a week or so, but I have to deal with the heat all the time.

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                                          I know it's all academic, but there are other "what if'" elements that keep springing to mind. Such as a prolonged spell of bad weather preventing more gatherings outside and any potential second spikes (especially over the Bank Holidays and VE Day) or how a run of major storms (such as last winter) would have impacted the public and emergency services. On the one hand, the UK has been very lucky to have such good weather, but at the same time, it could well come back to haunt us.

                                          Mind you, if any extreme weather had happened, then the PM would no doubt have done a disappearing act, a bit like he did during the February flooding.

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                                            Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post
                                            This is one of these things when I'm totally out of step with most people. I'd vastly prefer it to be miserable during lockdown. I'm only going outside once a week or so, but I have to deal with the heat all the time.
                                            This, except I do go outside every day to walk the dog.
                                            The last couple of days have been harder as it's been really hot here, and the house gets stuffy if we're all in it all day on a hot day.

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                                              To absolutely no-one's surprise the UK has just had the sunniest Spring on record: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52849367

                                              Also the driest May in England for 124 years.

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                                                I'm currently based in a North Tyneside district that is notoriously cold both inside and outside the building. I've never worked here when it is hot, even in summer.

                                                Today I needed a hat, sun cream, and bottle of water when I went out for my lunch. Apparently it's hotter than London.

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                                                  Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
                                                  To absolutely no-one's surprise the UK has just had the sunniest Spring on record: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52849367

                                                  Also the driest May in England for 124 years.
                                                  Insult/Injury.....

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                                                    Just think how much worse it would have been if we'd all been queuing outside of shops in the pissing rain rather then glorious sunshine!

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