thread has anyone else noticed that it's a bit warm?
or is it just me?

it seems to be 27 degrees in my kitchen / office.. before the sun has hit it.
permalink It is baking here. I cannot sleep.
I have been going to the common at night for walks. In the daytime this place is too busy to walk about, quite aside from a pandemic.
permalink I have,
how are you coping? I will probably partake in a cold beverage at somepoint this evening.
permalink Two fans going,
plus there are lots of emergencies plans like hot water bottles in the fridge, pots earmarked for feet to go in, cold flannels for necks, optimising clothing.
permalink it is sweltering!
we've shut the windows and curtains and are existing in a fan driven bubble.
An Ice lolly will replace my afternoon cup of tea
permalink we have actuvated fan number 3
thank god i bought them for my indoor bike
permalink both our fans are on
it is still very warm but then it unbearable out of the breeze
permalink Eve, 4, just asked for a hot juice.
Because it matches the weather.
permalink thought it wasn't too bad here (23ish)
but then I went for a run, which was perhaps a mistake
permalink when i got up at 7.30
it was 23 degrees outside (and 28 inside)
permalink I'm at Geneva Airport
Similar temps to London, but not too muggy thanks to the lake and the mountains.

But spending a few hours on a building site where the A/C isn't on yet was somewhat less than comfortable...

Oh, and don't think about going on a fucking plane if you can possibly avoid it. FAR scarier than I thought it would be. People are utter twats.
permalink the only people i've known to fly recently
have said thier flights were 1/3 full so not bad.

I can imagine geneva will attract the arseholes.
permalink When Bea went to Spain the other week it was quiet.
Quiet at Heathrow, most things closed. Quiet plane.

Now everyything is open and it is NOT GOOD.
permalink I’m not sure that it’s Geneva attracting arseholes
I think it’s arseholes determined to go on forrin holidays, trying to find places to go that aren’t quarantined.

That’s usually a fairly “businessy” flight, but with ski holiday folk in the winter.

Today there were a lot of dickheads in shit sun hats and sandals.
permalink Was it a budget airline?
permalink No... BA from Heathrow...
permalink I know that flight far too well!
did you get a cheese roll?
permalink You don't get anything much at the moment, obvs.
You can get some water and a bag of crisps in a sealed bag if you want.

I just tried to concentrate on breathing as little as possible for the entire duration.

Coming back was even worse. People having standup arguments about mask wearing. I thought one of the crew was going to deck this pair of stupid cunts at one point. She would have been completely right to as well.
permalink Meanwhile... train to Edinburgh this morning
With the Spaniard, which is nice.

When I did this three weeks ago, it was nice and quiet. Today, much less so. Big Thai family and some lads on a stag do. Honestly. Reserved seats for social distancing total chaos.

People are a terrible bunch of cunts.
permalink people are awful
but we are all part of the problem.

good news is the premiership rugby starts tonight!
permalink I'm part of several problems
But I try not to make myself a hazardous part of this one.

That really weird and slightly disturbing problem over there though? Yeah. That one is mostly me to be honest.
permalink a good location 25 miles out of edinburgh to buy a haus?
or land (can you still buy land in scotchland*?) any direction i guess

permalink Depends what you want and what you can afford to spend.
The nice bits within 25m of Edinburgh are generally quite pricy because they're prime commuter territory and they're nice. East Lothian - mostly lovely, pretty places by the sea especially. Fife - a bit cheaper, some gorgeous places by the coast (the "East Neuk"), some nice bits inland too, some ex-mining shitholes too. West Lothian not generally very nice. Down towards the borders is a real mixture.. some lovely bits but again, not cheap if it's somewhere nice.

Good building plots are always snapped up fast... they do come up, but they don't stay on the market long unless there's a good reason...
permalink cheers
was looking for locations that were as remote as possible (away from commuting routes) but a days walk away from E.
turns out there's quite a selection and that pebble-dashing is loved
permalink Anything within 25 miles od Edinburgh is commuter belt really,
but there are plenty of houses in the middle of nowhere, relatively.

There's a long history of pebble-dashing ("harling" in Scots), because Scottish clay is crap for making bricks and the bricks didn't weather well... so the harling was protective. These days of course, the bricks aren't made locally, but harling is still very much part of the vernacular.
permalink parents estate
is a classic 70s one (there's loads around Clackmannanshire/Stirling built to the same plans*). White harl.

Right over the road from massive whiskey bonds.

So they're mucky grey, thanks to the black mold that grows everywhere you have large amounts of spirits ageing casks.

*there's one estate in Alloa I think might be a slightly earlier build of the same plans as they have chimneys, most (like my folks) were build as gas heating only
permalink East Lothian is very nice
and feels far more remote than it is

we're contemplating moving to Perthshire
permalink I liked living in East Lothian
It's great. Expensive these days though... prime Edinburgh commuting territory.
permalink I'm normally OK with
the heat but last night was ridickerlous. Ceiling fan on just cooked me slowly so I put a small fan in the open window to try and circulate outside air and left the curtain open.

It probably didn't help that I ruptured summat on friday night by a violent sneeze/cough so have been fitfully dozing and waking up yelping like a small dog because of something stabbing me in the back.
permalink are you sure you didn't just sit on a chiuahua?
and is still stuck back there?
permalink Woofer count in
this house is zero. It's funny that all the things that hurt are directly related and can all exist in their own venn diagram.
permalink off subject but on a scale of 1 to 10
how bad are you jonesing for a proper gig right now?
permalink Right at this very moment
I'm not because I'd probably have a panic attack owing to not being able to breathe properly - I still can't do sharp intakes of breath without a muscle going 'OI' and making me yelp, which requires a sharp intake of breath. Repeat.
At least night times are OK-ish now, last night was suddenly and surprisingly pain free to lie down. Dozed aplenty.
permalink Imma suggest, although it may be redundant,
you may need a doctor...
permalink Normally I'd agree,
but this is only half as bad as when I proper cracked some ribs in the early noughties and all the docs could say was 'don't do it again' and 'rest with painkillers'. 3 months they took to heal.
This one's feeling better after a week, at least for sleeping. If the wheezing carries on next week I'll see about getting A Test.
permalink Sure but
you didn't crack your ribs sneezing so that means internal... Still you have a plan so I won't bang on :)
permalink :D
Ta for your concern though.
permalink breathing OK now?
permalink Nope, and I had a plague test
this afternoon. Results tomorrow and if negative I get hauled in to have things poked at/in me, probably.
permalink Just had the biggest hail I've ever seen (large marble size)
and the loudest thunder I've ever heard, and torrential rain.

I was planning to get the mower out this evening.
permalink We were missed by a couple of miles
Which is a shame as it was roasting.

Should get some tomorrow.
permalink [warning: nasty]
the Criterium du Dauphiné bike race got some hail today and injured riders
permalink Whoa
I watched that live and didnt see that. Must have been after the finish.

The last 10 days of racing have arguably been one of the best ever
permalink it was raining for the leaders
the hail hit, well, the rest. Especially big lads like Tim there. Apparently the time cut ended up being suspended; someone came in 15 minutes over due to sheltering. there's loads of pictures/videos floating around.

And yes, the whole "race every day as if it's the last day of the season" thing is awesome. Apart from obviously Groenewagn nearly (not on purpose) killing Jakobson
permalink It has been quite mild for the time of year
Getting up to 15-16° during the day. But it is still very much winter, and about 4° outside as I type.

So we've had a fresh community outbreak in Auckland, so they're back up to level 3 and the country as a whole to level 2. Which has (a) kaiboshed a long weekend trip to see my parents we were supposed to do Fri-Tues. And (b) got me twitchy about the race I'm training for, which is in about 8 weeks. Fucksocks.
permalink You just have to outrun the virus
permalink It's more about not being able to hold a race with about 1000 entrants*
when gatherings are limited to 100 or less (under level 2, it's 10 under level 3)

*over 100/70/50/24k options.
permalink down to only 16°C
this morning. Amazing
permalink it's so much fresher
though has crept up to 26.5 here at the kitchen table. and typically it will be biblical rain when i am in town later.

now over to bongo for the travel
permalink it was so nice!
we had the window open and there was a breeze!
permalink on another matter
im having a look for a 100mile ride to peterborough with a mate, I've done the first half of this route before to biggleswade but if you had any thoughts on my route to peterborough avoiding huntingdon it would be good to know (passing through st ives for some lunch would probably be handy i thought, but not essential)
permalink the bit from Biggsleswade
up to St ives is good. Beyond? honestly no idea. the only place in that area north of St ives towards Peterborough i've ever been to is Old Hurst (farm shop/café with alligators) and never past the A141 at all. Honestly given the aforementioned reptiles there may may well be dragons.
I have though been to Chatteris and honestly the Half Man Half Biscuit song is deeply inaccurate
permalink No prick barriers
at each end?
permalink I'm guessing the whole
'envy of the fens' bit. And the pool. And the chandlers.
permalink Aye, but who doesn't love
a good chandle?
permalink there is a pool
and there's a half decent. if not first class, cake shop. Lack of butchers or chandlers. "Prick barriers" seems to be something Nigel invented. No town hall.
permalink bus service
is sporadic
permalink Prick barriers
are those devices that block a lane meaning traffic has to filter in each direction, see entrance to Lode/Quy etc,
permalink I'm not sure
that that's right, or at least, wasn't right when the song was written
permalink well,
the debate certainly lingered on, though not about the most dangerous junction in christendom. It seems that 'crick barriers' became 'prick barriers'
permalink cheers for that, the roads all look ok on streetview but that
doesn't mean they aren't chock full of wankers and trucks.

we will see how it goes.
permalink well that thunderstorm was lovely
we went out in t-shirts and rain skirts to eat the pizza that just turned up
on a hill watching the awesome lightning
permalink i cycled home from the pub
which was ill advised for several reasons.

permalink We got a disappointingly small amount of thunder and lighting round our way
And only ver brief showers earlier. But then proper deluge later thankfully.
permalink i missed the worst of the deluges, i was about 45 minutes late for that
but got a proper chunk of rain in stoke newington.