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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Heavy Rain and Floods

The weather has been making the news this week.
This morning I was off to NORWICH for an INSET, and on the way I hit a hugely flooded dip in the road at speed and just about managed to get to the other side of the water... On the way back there was a Police Accident sign so presumably somebody else didn't. Hope they're OK.
There was another flood which caused problems for people getting to the meeting I was at, which was reported HERE.
Any other readers affected by flooding ?
Off to London tomorrow - wonder if there'll be any 'issues' with getting there...
Here's the MET OFFICE SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for tomorrow...

Norfolk
Severe Gales & Heavy Rain0000 Thu 112100 Thu 11

The Met Office is forecasting another spell of very wet and windy weather on Thursday 11th January. Severe gales will affect southern and central areas of the United Kingdom during the morning with gusts around 60mph but a risk of localised gusts of around 70mph before easing in the afternoon. A further swathe of severe gales will then sweep across northern parts of the United Kingdom through the afternoon and evening with gusts of 70mph in places, including parts of the Central Lowlands for a time. Gusts of 80mph are possible over northwest Scotland. Some disruption is expected to transport, utilities (power) and infrastructure. Localised flooding may also occur. Further spells of wind and rain are expected on Friday and over the weekend, and the public are advised to keep an eye on the forecast. Meanwhile, an update to this particular warning will be issued at 1030 on Thursday 11th January unless superseded by Flash messages.


Just listened again to excellent Radio 4 programme on the decline in the Corner Shop.

Shopkeepers of the Nation

Monday 1 January 2007 11:00-11:30 (Radio 4 FM)

Hardeep Singh Kohli traces the history of the corner shop.

He explores why so many Asians, including his mother, set up small shops and why they were so successful. Poverty, racism and the need to support the family were among the reasons why so many shopkeepers were prepared to work extremely long hours.

When I lived in Huddersfield in the early 1980’s , I had a great corner shop at the end of the
street in Newsome, up the hill towards Castle Hill. There was an Asian store where
Tunnacliffe Road met Newsome Road and they sold Golden Lemonade in glass bottles, plus exotic sweets.

Also, new Google Earth Version 4 available to download (yes, I know it's the wrong blog...)

Andjust listening to Richard Morel and Bob Mould's "Blowoff" album on import. Good stuff, and another step on Bob Mould's musical journey which I've been following for nearly 20 years since Workbook and Husker Du before that...

Ordered a USB turntable last week so that I can digitise great albums like "Black Sheets of Rain" which have been sitting in my loft for the last 8 years ! Will allow me to add even more interesting soundtracks to my PhotoJams.

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