Tuesday Thoughts 2


On the 14th of August the Global Food Security programme published a report on the increasing risk to food supplies from extreme weather. USA Today found the time and space to report on this on the22nd of August, but for the most part the media have ignored it. I have searched high and low, the BBC did manage a page on its web site but there is little else. I know that for many news organisations this is the silly season, but the failure to make more of the report is truly appalling.

USA candidates

It is some 440 days till the election of the next President of the USA and the Trump still leads the Republican charge with yet more bombast and bullshit. A poll reported in the Guardian even suggests that his rating amongst women and evangelical Christians is rising! This prompted fellow candidate Lindsey Graham to threaten, “Come to South Carolina and I’ll beat his brains out.” Such fun, but it assumes a) Trump has one, and b) Graham can find his way through his preposterous hairstyle.

Polar Negra

Back to USA Today and an unintended consequence of a heat wave. Venezuela is running out of its favourite beer Polar Negra. This has lead to a wave of violence on food lines this week, and heightening of political tensions. One supermarket looting last week left one man dead, and in July, the head of Venezuela’s Liquor Store Association was arrested for unexplained reasons after denouncing the shortages of beer making materials. As US President Thomas Jefferson said, “Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.”

Send beer to China! The Chinese stock market continues its “correction” downwards and Pat Robertson blames the USA’s support for abortion – no seriously he does.  #BlackMonday – stock markets around the world are following China and to cap it all One Direction are splitting. How good is that?

'This is not permanent...we'll be back as soon as things start to look up.'

‘This is not permanent…we’ll be back as soon as things start to look up.’

So many lemmings not enough cliffs!

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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