its 12.3C in london now at 22.58 wed 8 jan 2014

8 Jan


It’s very mild tonight. no rain; and indoors my thermostat reads 18C. no heating on. The weather websites says the outside temperature is 12.3C. the lowest temp today is 9.8C at 4.04am. 

I have a feeling we are having all this flooding because of the high temperatures keeping the rain as rain rather than snow. if it were very cold, we would get snow instead of floods; and the melting would take place over a long period of time and so we wont get flooding. so i guess it is either flooding or huge snow blanket over the whole country. like what they are experiencing in the usa now. i think purely for selfish reasons i like what we are having now, flooding and mild temperatures. haha. 

Sorry to those who are flooded out in some parts of the country and rail commuters stranded in london because of disrupted rail services. but that is the price u pay for not living in london. haha. as far as i am concerned, those of us living in london dont notice this flooding at all. Not for the first time that i am reminded of how lovely it is to be living in london instead of anywhere else in uk. 

I think this winter will be mild for those of us who live in london. As usual, one lot gets it cushy with the weather but another lot in another part of the country or in another country gets it in the neck. That is life i guess. and it is also likely that the parts of the country least able to cope will be affected. We here in london, even if the weather gets bad, like that time when it snowed here, (was it the winter of 2010/11?) london can easily cope and money is always available to deal with it. the city is rich and can afford to throw money at the problem, and also the city earns so much, it must keep its services running in spite of the weather. whilst out in the country side, if your  house is flooded or snowed under, not many are affected and/or those affected dont add that much money to the economy, so there is no priority to get them out of it quickly. That is why it is so good to be living in the big city. 

I benefit from it even though i am an insignificant person.It just so happens there are plenty of people who are productive living all round me. so plenty of services spring up to cater for them and they make the city run smoothly. 

Whenever anything go wrong around here, like a burst pipe so that water wells up and flood the road, i dont have to bother informing the services, as someone else always will have notified them allready, and it gets fixed. 

Of course all this comes at a price, collectively paid by all of us , in our council taxes, or in the sales tax, or for those who own cars through residents parking charges or fines, or congestion charges, but since there are so many of us, the cost is spread out and so no individual gets to pay a lot. but we forget businesses also pay their share, maybe quite a larger share, and help subsidise the cost for us who live here. I am a great advocate of city living. I think that might be the future, when the country side is virtually empty, only used to grow things and provide recreation like hunting, and everyone lives in huge connurbations that make up megacities. 

5 Responses to “its 12.3C in london now at 22.58 wed 8 jan 2014”

  1. Lottie Nevin Thursday January 9, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    I’ve been seeing pictures of the storms and the flooding – it’s really quite worrying. I really feel for the 1000’s of people whose homes are damaged by the effects of all this water, it must be terrible for them. I’m sure you saw them also, those MASSIVE waves down on the south coast!
    You are right about London, it’s a cushy place to be most of the time though I have to say that the minute it snows, it comes to a grinding stop. It’s not the roads that are the problem, it’s the railways. It doesn’t even need to snow very much and still it causes major disruptions! Keep warm and enjoy the mild weather 🙂

    • alifesgayventure Thursday January 9, 2014 at 8:43 am #

      hi lottie, everytime i see those flood pictures, it makes me think of those houses on stilts that they used to build in the countryside in malaysia and indonesia, and i think how sensible they are.

  2. sarahinguangzhou Thursday January 9, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    I think I’ll take the cold of the US over the rain and floods any day. Actually I’m a bit worried about my little flat, as its in the basement.
    Maybe moove to Chiangmai; at least you know when rainy season is.

    • alifesgayventure Thursday January 9, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      hi sarah, u must be the only one wanting that kind of cold i read it can be -40C.I cannot imagine what it is like. it is the temperature when it equals -40F. interestingly, the normal body temperature is 37C. 98.6F. chiangmai will start its burning fields soon, so u will be getting haze from the smoke. is the cold spell still going on there? no where in the world can u escape the weather. haha. except in london maybe.

      • sarahinguangzhou Friday January 10, 2014 at 10:07 am #

        You only escape the weather in london if you don’t go out.
        Yeah it’s pretty hazy here now; if I were staying here I think a facemask would be handy. Not healthy. Suddenly heated up again a few days ago.
        I don’t care what you say anything is better than endless drizzle.

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