Will this be our first snowless winter since 2002?

Gazette: Flashback to Hilly Fields, Colchester in January 2013 Flashback to Hilly Fields, Colchester in January 2013

ESSEX is set for a snow-free winter for the first time in more than a decade.

Tom Defty, of Essex Weather Centre, believes not a single snowflake will fall this winter.

If his prediction proves correct, it will make a stark contrast to last February and March, when there were several weeks of freezing conditions.

Mr Defty said: “This may be the first winter since 2002 that we see no snow, not a single flake, in Essex.

“It is past Mid Winters Day, we have survived without snow so far.

“From now it is going to be more of the same, it is going to be more rain and a very mild weather.”

Mr Defty said people should look out for signs of an early spring.

He added: “One of the biggest things people will notice is the spring bulbs coming through, the rose bushes flowering and the trees have got buds on.

“I have been sent so many photos of early-blooming daffodils.

“Normally when everything progresses early we have a sudden cold snap but I have not seen anything significant in the forecast.”

Mr Defty added even if cold winds were to come from Europe, sea temperatures are so warm, a cold snap would be unlikely.

He said: “A year agowe had pictures of Essex under really deep snow and rush hour was absolute mayhem. This year it is a completely different picture.

“We won’t have the big storm systems we had in December but we will have rainfall day after day, a couple of millimetres falling on saturated ground and it is going to take a long time for the ground to dry out.”

Surface flooding will be the main weather concern from now until the end of winter.

Essex Weather Centre figures show we already had the total expected rainfall for January within the first two weeks of the year.

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7:59am Sat 18 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Wait till February as it has been predicted to be the big freeze, - 8 c, Blizzards, frozen pipes, more floods and more power cuts.
Wait till February as it has been predicted to be the big freeze, - 8 c, Blizzards, frozen pipes, more floods and more power cuts. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

8:02am Sat 18 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

And what were we being told in mid-October?

Headlines were screaming:

'Record-breaking snow predicted for November'

'BRITAIN is braced for the "worst winter in decades" with the first major snowfall expected in weeks'.

Let's all just wait and see shall we?
And what were we being told in mid-October? Headlines were screaming: 'Record-breaking snow predicted for November' 'BRITAIN is braced for the "worst winter in decades" with the first major snowfall expected in weeks'. Let's all just wait and see shall we? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 14

8:22am Sat 18 Jan 14

Vox SoS says...

I find Tom Defty's comments extremely naive and remarkable.

As an amateur meteorologist, i have been scanning through the latest computer generated models for the next 2 weeks and there are certainly signs that there could be cold weather and snow in the 10 day timeframe.

For Mr Defty to dismiss snow when we are barely half way through winter is foolhardy and only provides even more proof that weathermen/women are not worth the space they occupy.
I find Tom Defty's comments extremely naive and remarkable. As an amateur meteorologist, i have been scanning through the latest computer generated models for the next 2 weeks and there are certainly signs that there could be cold weather and snow in the 10 day timeframe. For Mr Defty to dismiss snow when we are barely half way through winter is foolhardy and only provides even more proof that weathermen/women are not worth the space they occupy. Vox SoS
  • Score: 18

9:21am Sat 18 Jan 14

bee.man says...

the same thing happened last year,all bulbs flowers and birds came early but still ended up with snow.
the same thing happened last year,all bulbs flowers and birds came early but still ended up with snow. bee.man
  • Score: 12

9:29am Sat 18 Jan 14

Catchedicam says...

It will either snow, or it won't snow....
It will either snow, or it won't snow.... Catchedicam
  • Score: 30

10:33am Sat 18 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't count yer chickens .......
Don't count yer chickens ....... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

10:41am Sat 18 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards.

Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat.

It also means having to plug in my electric heaters.

The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel.

As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.
Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards. Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat. It also means having to plug in my electric heaters. The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel. As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 15

10:42am Sat 18 Jan 14

What you talking about says...

I think it will snow...........















but then again it might not!!!!!!!
I think it will snow........... but then again it might not!!!!!!! What you talking about
  • Score: 9

10:50am Sat 18 Jan 14

RantyMan says...

Mr Defty is already wrong, i had to check back through my Twitter feed but it was snowing quite heavily in Brentwood on the 18th December at 9pm.
Mr Defty is already wrong, i had to check back through my Twitter feed but it was snowing quite heavily in Brentwood on the 18th December at 9pm. RantyMan
  • Score: 9

10:58am Sat 18 Jan 14

carnuts says...

I can recall snow in May / June a few years ago.
Was out in summer wear on the last day of May, woke up to 2 inches of snow on the first day of June.
I can recall snow in May / June a few years ago. Was out in summer wear on the last day of May, woke up to 2 inches of snow on the first day of June. carnuts
  • Score: 5

11:05am Sat 18 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

We will probably be under three feet of snow by Tuesday now....
We will probably be under three feet of snow by Tuesday now.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

12:21pm Sat 18 Jan 14

irememberwhen says...

What's snow?
What's snow? irememberwhen
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards.

Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat.

It also means having to plug in my electric heaters.

The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel.

As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.
Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards. Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat. It also means having to plug in my electric heaters. The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel. As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.[/p][/quote]Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: -6

2:16pm Sat 18 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Mail Member 4 Colchester wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards.

Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat.

It also means having to plug in my electric heaters.

The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel.

As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.
Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.
A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time.
It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be.
This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave.
(Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way!
Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine.
Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill!
So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work.
Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students.
They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on".
Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows.
[quote][p][bold]Mail Member 4 Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards. Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat. It also means having to plug in my electric heaters. The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel. As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.[/p][/quote]Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.[/p][/quote]A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time. It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be. This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave. (Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way! Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine. Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill! So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work. Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students. They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on". Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -16

3:11pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Biker One says...

I hope it does snow. It's the one time of the year that the Chelsea tractor drivers find out that they aren't invincible after all, as their 2 ton pride and joy slides off the road into the nearest ditch.
.
To quote someone from these forums "Oh how we laughed"
I hope it does snow. It's the one time of the year that the Chelsea tractor drivers find out that they aren't invincible after all, as their 2 ton pride and joy slides off the road into the nearest ditch. . To quote someone from these forums "Oh how we laughed" Biker One
  • Score: 14

4:23pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Cabbage white caterpillars spotted today on my brassicas.
Cabbage white caterpillars spotted today on my brassicas. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Mail Member 4 Colchester wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards.

Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat.

It also means having to plug in my electric heaters.

The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel.

As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.
Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.
A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time.
It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be.
This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave.
(Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way!
Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine.
Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill!
So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work.
Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students.
They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on".
Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows.
I am so disappointed in you. Only yesterday you were making really sensible points about how rubbish Colchester's park and ride will be - it's not as if the town has a congestion problem - or that traffic pollution needs to be reduced, like these 'global warming' conspiracy theorists try to tell us. But now you're on side with all these university scientists it seems (only 97 per cent of them), who believe in this politically correct nonsense of global warming. What's going on Jack? I feel let down by your sudden conversion to being rational and using evidence.

I am though pleased to see you're still giving the public sector a kick. As everyone remembers, Colchester's bin men didn't constantly beat the snow last year, nor did our emergency services manage to provide an excellent service throughout. As you point out, they just took the first excuse to lay in bed all day.

Jack Edwards, mad? You only have to look at him to see he's as sane as I am. Bah.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mail Member 4 Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards. Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat. It also means having to plug in my electric heaters. The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel. As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.[/p][/quote]Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.[/p][/quote]A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time. It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be. This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave. (Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way! Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine. Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill! So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work. Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students. They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on". Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows.[/p][/quote]I am so disappointed in you. Only yesterday you were making really sensible points about how rubbish Colchester's park and ride will be - it's not as if the town has a congestion problem - or that traffic pollution needs to be reduced, like these 'global warming' conspiracy theorists try to tell us. But now you're on side with all these university scientists it seems (only 97 per cent of them), who believe in this politically correct nonsense of global warming. What's going on Jack? I feel let down by your sudden conversion to being rational and using evidence. I am though pleased to see you're still giving the public sector a kick. As everyone remembers, Colchester's bin men didn't constantly beat the snow last year, nor did our emergency services manage to provide an excellent service throughout. As you point out, they just took the first excuse to lay in bed all day. Jack Edwards, mad? You only have to look at him to see he's as sane as I am. Bah. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: -6

7:26pm Sat 18 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Hello i will be as eloquent as possible and explain a little further i will admit i could not work out which bit of the above post was supportive or sarcastic.
I came out into the real world some years ago and gave up a gold plated pension from the so called public sector and a hefty lump sum to care for elderly parents.
In the process i ran a small business from home to make ends meet, Carer allowance then was £50 per week and it hardly set my world on fire.
I think the term Public Sector is a too loose application: Pol Fire Amb NHS staff and even the grubby jobs like the thunderbird 6 lads the Bin Men are the front liners.
What does cheese me off is the backside shiners who really take advantage with the man/woman flu:
There are quite a few bin men that know me and one or two get a bottle of Castellano red out of me when the man in the red coat is normally flying around with the white beard.
I am not very good with pen pushers who bemoan their lot.
Now what I will say is that since 2008 we have all been in a horrific recession through no fault of anyone around here.
nevertheless the public sector have had he cheques in the bank, where as I have had to fret over where to find £60 per week for Poll Tax before I can out food on the table.
I have to sit and listen to public sector wingers on married couples combined salaries of £70,000 per year at dinner parties, when there is the likes of the rank and file living on peanuts.
One of them who has just had a promotion and a hefty pay rise, bemoaned the government stating they were not getting enough.
Its those and the like that irritate me, and that plays up with my ulcer.
Some of the front liners should be paid more and the back room boys should be getting less if that is any consolation to any of my robust comments.
There is an old saying from the war for every one on the front line there were ten in the back.
As for my remarks about the scientists its a family thing i have to sit there and be brain washed by all the wannabe Brian Cox's in the blood line.
I just open a bottle of castellano and think of more happier times like the 70's.
All the best 4
Jack Edwards :-)
Mail Member 4 Colchester says... Hello i will be as eloquent as possible and explain a little further i will admit i could not work out which bit of the above post was supportive or sarcastic. I came out into the real world some years ago and gave up a gold plated pension from the so called public sector and a hefty lump sum to care for elderly parents. In the process i ran a small business from home to make ends meet, Carer allowance then was £50 per week and it hardly set my world on fire. I think the term Public Sector is a too loose application: Pol Fire Amb NHS staff and even the grubby jobs like the thunderbird 6 lads the Bin Men are the front liners. What does cheese me off is the backside shiners who really take advantage with the man/woman flu: There are quite a few bin men that know me and one or two get a bottle of Castellano red out of me when the man in the red coat is normally flying around with the white beard. I am not very good with pen pushers who bemoan their lot. Now what I will say is that since 2008 we have all been in a horrific recession through no fault of anyone around here. nevertheless the public sector have had he cheques in the bank, where as I have had to fret over where to find £60 per week for Poll Tax before I can out food on the table. I have to sit and listen to public sector wingers on married couples combined salaries of £70,000 per year at dinner parties, when there is the likes of the rank and file living on peanuts. One of them who has just had a promotion and a hefty pay rise, bemoaned the government stating they were not getting enough. Its those and the like that irritate me, and that plays up with my ulcer. Some of the front liners should be paid more and the back room boys should be getting less if that is any consolation to any of my robust comments. There is an old saying from the war for every one on the front line there were ten in the back. As for my remarks about the scientists its a family thing i have to sit there and be brain washed by all the wannabe Brian Cox's in the blood line. I just open a bottle of castellano and think of more happier times like the 70's. All the best 4 Jack Edwards :-) A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -11

8:05pm Sat 18 Jan 14

wormshero says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Mail Member 4 Colchester wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards.

Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat.

It also means having to plug in my electric heaters.

The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel.

As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.
Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.
A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time.
It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be.
This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave.
(Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way!
Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine.
Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill!
So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work.
Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students.
They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on".
Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows.
I drive a little FWD hatchback (it is small but it also gets over 70mpg on my infrequent use of it) and those little cars handle the snow much better than the usual RWD car at least. That said, personally, as a train commuter, I tend to find the trains run weirdly to time during snow. Better to time than when it snows a little anyways.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mail Member 4 Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards. Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat. It also means having to plug in my electric heaters. The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel. As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.[/p][/quote]Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.[/p][/quote]A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time. It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be. This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave. (Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way! Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine. Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill! So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work. Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students. They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on". Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows.[/p][/quote]I drive a little FWD hatchback (it is small but it also gets over 70mpg on my infrequent use of it) and those little cars handle the snow much better than the usual RWD car at least. That said, personally, as a train commuter, I tend to find the trains run weirdly to time during snow. Better to time than when it snows a little anyways. wormshero
  • Score: -2

9:39pm Sat 18 Jan 14

500000000000 says...

Don't care I am retired to my jaywick all well insulated for free don't have to go out I pity all you people that have to work to pay my pension hay ho Errrr matys LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't care I am retired to my jaywick all well insulated for free don't have to go out I pity all you people that have to work to pay my pension hay ho Errrr matys LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 500000000000
  • Score: -18

9:50pm Sat 18 Jan 14

bloke down the pub says...

Rubish
Rubish bloke down the pub
  • Score: -12

9:57pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

Catchedicam wrote:
It will either snow, or it won't snow....
That might be true or it might not be.
[quote][p][bold]Catchedicam[/bold] wrote: It will either snow, or it won't snow....[/p][/quote]That might be true or it might not be. ThisYear
  • Score: -6

10:02pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Cabbage white caterpillars spotted today on my brassicas.
To a doctor asap..
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Cabbage white caterpillars spotted today on my brassicas.[/p][/quote]To a doctor asap.. ThisYear
  • Score: 4

10:19am Sun 19 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Hello i will be as eloquent as possible and explain a little further i will admit i could not work out which bit of the above post was supportive or sarcastic.
I came out into the real world some years ago and gave up a gold plated pension from the so called public sector and a hefty lump sum to care for elderly parents.
In the process i ran a small business from home to make ends meet, Carer allowance then was £50 per week and it hardly set my world on fire.
I think the term Public Sector is a too loose application: Pol Fire Amb NHS staff and even the grubby jobs like the thunderbird 6 lads the Bin Men are the front liners.
What does cheese me off is the backside shiners who really take advantage with the man/woman flu:
There are quite a few bin men that know me and one or two get a bottle of Castellano red out of me when the man in the red coat is normally flying around with the white beard.
I am not very good with pen pushers who bemoan their lot.
Now what I will say is that since 2008 we have all been in a horrific recession through no fault of anyone around here.
nevertheless the public sector have had he cheques in the bank, where as I have had to fret over where to find £60 per week for Poll Tax before I can out food on the table.
I have to sit and listen to public sector wingers on married couples combined salaries of £70,000 per year at dinner parties, when there is the likes of the rank and file living on peanuts.
One of them who has just had a promotion and a hefty pay rise, bemoaned the government stating they were not getting enough.
Its those and the like that irritate me, and that plays up with my ulcer.
Some of the front liners should be paid more and the back room boys should be getting less if that is any consolation to any of my robust comments.
There is an old saying from the war for every one on the front line there were ten in the back.
As for my remarks about the scientists its a family thing i have to sit there and be brain washed by all the wannabe Brian Cox's in the blood line.
I just open a bottle of castellano and think of more happier times like the 70's.
All the best 4
Jack Edwards :-)
'...i will admit i could not work out which bit of the above post was supportive or sarcastic' (sic).

Wow, just wow.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Mail Member 4 Colchester says... Hello i will be as eloquent as possible and explain a little further i will admit i could not work out which bit of the above post was supportive or sarcastic. I came out into the real world some years ago and gave up a gold plated pension from the so called public sector and a hefty lump sum to care for elderly parents. In the process i ran a small business from home to make ends meet, Carer allowance then was £50 per week and it hardly set my world on fire. I think the term Public Sector is a too loose application: Pol Fire Amb NHS staff and even the grubby jobs like the thunderbird 6 lads the Bin Men are the front liners. What does cheese me off is the backside shiners who really take advantage with the man/woman flu: There are quite a few bin men that know me and one or two get a bottle of Castellano red out of me when the man in the red coat is normally flying around with the white beard. I am not very good with pen pushers who bemoan their lot. Now what I will say is that since 2008 we have all been in a horrific recession through no fault of anyone around here. nevertheless the public sector have had he cheques in the bank, where as I have had to fret over where to find £60 per week for Poll Tax before I can out food on the table. I have to sit and listen to public sector wingers on married couples combined salaries of £70,000 per year at dinner parties, when there is the likes of the rank and file living on peanuts. One of them who has just had a promotion and a hefty pay rise, bemoaned the government stating they were not getting enough. Its those and the like that irritate me, and that plays up with my ulcer. Some of the front liners should be paid more and the back room boys should be getting less if that is any consolation to any of my robust comments. There is an old saying from the war for every one on the front line there were ten in the back. As for my remarks about the scientists its a family thing i have to sit there and be brain washed by all the wannabe Brian Cox's in the blood line. I just open a bottle of castellano and think of more happier times like the 70's. All the best 4 Jack Edwards :-)[/p][/quote]'...i will admit i could not work out which bit of the above post was supportive or sarcastic' (sic). Wow, just wow. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 2

11:36am Sun 19 Jan 14

Mattster says...

Yes, because for the first winter ever I bought Winter Tyres.
Yes, because for the first winter ever I bought Winter Tyres. Mattster
  • Score: 9

3:07pm Sun 19 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

wormshero wrote:
A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Mail Member 4 Colchester wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards.

Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat.

It also means having to plug in my electric heaters.

The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel.

As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.
Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.
A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time.
It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be.
This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave.
(Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way!
Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine.
Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill!
So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work.
Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students.
They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on".
Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows.
I drive a little FWD hatchback (it is small but it also gets over 70mpg on my infrequent use of it) and those little cars handle the snow much better than the usual RWD car at least. That said, personally, as a train commuter, I tend to find the trains run weirdly to time during snow. Better to time than when it snows a little anyways.
Sure excellent compromise and very sensible!

Fiat Panda 4X4 Diesel Cross with all the Kit

80 MPG Max.

Fantastic vehicle the europeans love them and so should we:

See the you tube videos.

Now that FIAT owns Chrysler a force to be reckoned with

cannot wait for the glorious Alfa 4c to grace the tarmac in Colchester.
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mail Member 4 Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the global warming handwringers got it wrong again then. I thought a few weeks ago we were being warned of severe blizzards. Oh well, suits me if I never see another snowflake again in my life. All it means for me is my ceiling going mouldy and damp patches everywhere in my flat. It also means having to plug in my electric heaters. The less of my money goes to greedy energy companies the better I feel. As for daffodils... bring it on. Spring can't come quick enough for me. I hate winter.[/p][/quote]Well said Kim, I'm glad you're back on form after yesterdays aberration, fancy my hero of the rabid right backing striking public sector workers (tut, tut). But the weather is of course how we should think about this politically correct joke of 'climate change'. I don't care that there's a 97 per cent scientific consensus that it's man made, what do they know in these universities anyway? They're all bloody commies in these places, spending all day with books, and 'facts', and by night out of their heads injecting cannabis, smoking E pipes, and dropping crack tabs. As I always say, you can prove anything with so called facts, so what does that actually prove? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.[/p][/quote]A luvvies charter above part of the turkeys on the back door gang at Xmas time. It will snow probably for about a day or two, then out will come the 4wd brigade and what a welcome sight that will be. This will be followed by the I'm so tight I cannot be bothered to service my car bunch, who will be stranded on the road side blocking everyone in sight on Remembrance Ave. (Normally silly little 17 years old ladies in Ford KA's who have spent their money alcopop WKD's instead of getting their cars serviced) These would not need such much attention, if the little preened darlings spent lees time whizzing around with their foot to the floors by the way! Then there is the Public Sector I will be late claiming i have climbed the Eiger with Clint Eastwood routine. Half and inch of snow brings the UK to a standstill! So enjoy your predicted 2 days of the white stuff while most of you take about 4 days off work. Finally I have cousins and close family that are University scientists and students. They do not take drugs, they are not communist nor are they stupid, in fact one of them might save your bacon one day in the research that is being undertaken, "Not that some of you are worth the time and trouble with the way you rant on". Enjoy your snow and please be mind full of the banana skins under the black ice, there's a good fellows.[/p][/quote]I drive a little FWD hatchback (it is small but it also gets over 70mpg on my infrequent use of it) and those little cars handle the snow much better than the usual RWD car at least. That said, personally, as a train commuter, I tend to find the trains run weirdly to time during snow. Better to time than when it snows a little anyways.[/p][/quote]Sure excellent compromise and very sensible! Fiat Panda 4X4 Diesel Cross with all the Kit 80 MPG Max. Fantastic vehicle the europeans love them and so should we: See the you tube videos. Now that FIAT owns Chrysler a force to be reckoned with cannot wait for the glorious Alfa 4c to grace the tarmac in Colchester. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -4

6:52pm Sun 19 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

BUY BRITISH!

Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'.

Rule Britannia!
BUY BRITISH! Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'. Rule Britannia! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 0

10:50pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Boris says...

OMPITA wrote:
BUY BRITISH!

Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'.

Rule Britannia!
There is no British car, apart from the Morgan. Not all of us can afford one of those.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: BUY BRITISH! Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'. Rule Britannia![/p][/quote]There is no British car, apart from the Morgan. Not all of us can afford one of those. Boris
  • Score: 5

11:11pm Sun 19 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

What a shame it has a Celtic name..

Why couldn't it have been called the 'Smithsmobile' or 'Brownscar'.?
What a shame it has a Celtic name.. Why couldn't it have been called the 'Smithsmobile' or 'Brownscar'.? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

12:16am Mon 20 Jan 14

ddf35 says...

yep, im def. up for no snow this year!
yep, im def. up for no snow this year! ddf35
  • Score: 0

8:07am Mon 20 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

OMPITA wrote:
BUY BRITISH!

Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'.

Rule Britannia!
What has my writing name got to do with patriotism?

that is qute a discriminatory remark bordering on racist especially coming from you!
Where is the word patriotic in my gazette name in this instance and we are not talking about what i have posted before.

NAME ME ONE BRITISH MADE MICRO OFF ROAD 4 X 4 DIESEL CAR THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO THE FIAT PANDA FROM NEW? NAME ONE PLEASE?

That comment was just as bad as the stuff you pumped out over the rock throwing incident.
All of you on here can carry on thumbing down my posts i hold the record with the most in one article.
What I said about the HIGH ST Bus Lane fines stands.
To tell me I am not patriotic, and by the way I cannot afford a Range Rover Evoque and that does not do 70 to 80 MPG
Is quite an insult.
Very funny
Jack Edward.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: BUY BRITISH! Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'. Rule Britannia![/p][/quote]What has my writing name got to do with patriotism? that is qute a discriminatory remark bordering on racist especially coming from you! Where is the word patriotic in my gazette name in this instance and we are not talking about what i have posted before. NAME ME ONE BRITISH MADE MICRO OFF ROAD 4 X 4 DIESEL CAR THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO THE FIAT PANDA FROM NEW? NAME ONE PLEASE? That comment was just as bad as the stuff you pumped out over the rock throwing incident. All of you on here can carry on thumbing down my posts i hold the record with the most in one article. What I said about the HIGH ST Bus Lane fines stands. To tell me I am not patriotic, and by the way I cannot afford a Range Rover Evoque and that does not do 70 to 80 MPG Is quite an insult. Very funny Jack Edward. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -3

8:08am Mon 20 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Boris wrote:
OMPITA wrote:
BUY BRITISH!

Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'.

Rule Britannia!
There is no British car, apart from the Morgan. Not all of us can afford one of those.
Yes Here Here

Thank you

Mr Boris.

Jack Edward
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: BUY BRITISH! Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'. Rule Britannia![/p][/quote]There is no British car, apart from the Morgan. Not all of us can afford one of those.[/p][/quote]Yes Here Here Thank you Mr Boris. Jack Edward A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -2

8:15am Mon 20 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Or 'Hear Hear' as they say in Britain.
Or 'Hear Hear' as they say in Britain. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 5

10:04am Mon 20 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
OMPITA wrote:
BUY BRITISH!

Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'.

Rule Britannia!
What has my writing name got to do with patriotism?

that is qute a discriminatory remark bordering on racist especially coming from you!
Where is the word patriotic in my gazette name in this instance and we are not talking about what i have posted before.

NAME ME ONE BRITISH MADE MICRO OFF ROAD 4 X 4 DIESEL CAR THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO THE FIAT PANDA FROM NEW? NAME ONE PLEASE?

That comment was just as bad as the stuff you pumped out over the rock throwing incident.
All of you on here can carry on thumbing down my posts i hold the record with the most in one article.
What I said about the HIGH ST Bus Lane fines stands.
To tell me I am not patriotic, and by the way I cannot afford a Range Rover Evoque and that does not do 70 to 80 MPG
Is quite an insult.
Very funny
Jack Edward.
Dobbin the carthorse.

best four by four.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: BUY BRITISH! Then you could claim to be a 'Very Private Patriotic Gentleman'. Rule Britannia![/p][/quote]What has my writing name got to do with patriotism? that is qute a discriminatory remark bordering on racist especially coming from you! Where is the word patriotic in my gazette name in this instance and we are not talking about what i have posted before. NAME ME ONE BRITISH MADE MICRO OFF ROAD 4 X 4 DIESEL CAR THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO THE FIAT PANDA FROM NEW? NAME ONE PLEASE? That comment was just as bad as the stuff you pumped out over the rock throwing incident. All of you on here can carry on thumbing down my posts i hold the record with the most in one article. What I said about the HIGH ST Bus Lane fines stands. To tell me I am not patriotic, and by the way I cannot afford a Range Rover Evoque and that does not do 70 to 80 MPG Is quite an insult. Very funny Jack Edward.[/p][/quote]Dobbin the carthorse. best four by four. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

11:21am Mon 20 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

OMPITA wrote:
Or 'Hear Hear' as they say in Britain.
The Private Gentleman might be calling a dog. How do you know what he meant to say? How does anybody possibly follow what the hell he is going on about? Unless you speak fluent mad idiot, I suggest you try not to give an interpretation.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Or 'Hear Hear' as they say in Britain.[/p][/quote]The Private Gentleman might be calling a dog. How do you know what he meant to say? How does anybody possibly follow what the hell he is going on about? Unless you speak fluent mad idiot, I suggest you try not to give an interpretation. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 5

11:37am Mon 20 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Yes, I do believe you have a point MM4c.

You are clearly an intuitive and lateral thinker.

Now you mention it, he could have been calling a Dog; a Dobbin; or maybe even a Panda. :}.
Yes, I do believe you have a point MM4c. You are clearly an intuitive and lateral thinker. Now you mention it, he could have been calling a Dog; a Dobbin; or maybe even a Panda. :}. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

11:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

keith_l says...

RantyMan wrote:
Mr Defty is already wrong, i had to check back through my Twitter feed but it was snowing quite heavily in Brentwood on the 18th December at 9pm.
That was in the Autumn. Winter runs from the Winter Solstice (either 21 or 22 December) until the Spring Equinox (Usually 21 March).
[quote][p][bold]RantyMan[/bold] wrote: Mr Defty is already wrong, i had to check back through my Twitter feed but it was snowing quite heavily in Brentwood on the 18th December at 9pm.[/p][/quote]That was in the Autumn. Winter runs from the Winter Solstice (either 21 or 22 December) until the Spring Equinox (Usually 21 March). keith_l
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Help me someone!

I thought 21/22 December was 'mid-winter' - therefore in my feeble mind I reckoned that about six or seven weeks either side of that date would more or less constitute 'Winter'. If so 18th December would well and truly be in wintertime.

How can mid-winter be the beginning of winter?

Answers in words of one syllable please
Help me someone! I thought 21/22 December was 'mid-winter' - therefore in my feeble mind I reckoned that about six or seven weeks either side of that date would more or less constitute 'Winter'. If so 18th December would well and truly be in wintertime. How can mid-winter be the beginning of winter? Answers in words of one syllable please OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Mon 20 Jan 14

romantic says...

OMPITA wrote:
Help me someone!

I thought 21/22 December was 'mid-winter' - therefore in my feeble mind I reckoned that about six or seven weeks either side of that date would more or less constitute 'Winter'. If so 18th December would well and truly be in wintertime.

How can mid-winter be the beginning of winter?

Answers in words of one syllable please
Technically, Winter is defined as starting at the solstice and running until the equinox, so it would start on 21st Dec. Meteorologists tend to consider Winter for practical terms as being December, January and February, which are the 3 coldest months.

21st December is not really "mid-Winter". It is the shortest day, but not the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. But it will be the day where the sunrise position stops changing, which is how ancient people knew the solstice had come. For them, this was when Winter began: the stored summer food has dwindled, nothing is growing. This is when cattle would be slaughtered, to eat the meat but also save the precious stocks of grain.

There is a time lag between the shortest hours of daylight and the coldest period, because the oceans cool and warm more slowly than the land. Same in summer: the longest day is in June, but the hottest time is normally late July/early August.

So in fact mid-Winter would be around 15th Jan meteorologically, or around 6th Feb in strictest terms. Strictly, it is the solstice, rather than mid-winter.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Help me someone! I thought 21/22 December was 'mid-winter' - therefore in my feeble mind I reckoned that about six or seven weeks either side of that date would more or less constitute 'Winter'. If so 18th December would well and truly be in wintertime. How can mid-winter be the beginning of winter? Answers in words of one syllable please[/p][/quote]Technically, Winter is defined as starting at the solstice and running until the equinox, so it would start on 21st Dec. Meteorologists tend to consider Winter for practical terms as being December, January and February, which are the 3 coldest months. 21st December is not really "mid-Winter". It is the shortest day, but not the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. But it will be the day where the sunrise position stops changing, which is how ancient people knew the solstice had come. For them, this was when Winter began: the stored summer food has dwindled, nothing is growing. This is when cattle would be slaughtered, to eat the meat but also save the precious stocks of grain. There is a time lag between the shortest hours of daylight and the coldest period, because the oceans cool and warm more slowly than the land. Same in summer: the longest day is in June, but the hottest time is normally late July/early August. So in fact mid-Winter would be around 15th Jan meteorologically, or around 6th Feb in strictest terms. Strictly, it is the solstice, rather than mid-winter. romantic
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Mon 20 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Great Answer!

Thanks
Great Answer! Thanks OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: -2

6:28pm Mon 20 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

OMPITA wrote:
Yes, I do believe you have a point MM4c.

You are clearly an intuitive and lateral thinker.

Now you mention it, he could have been calling a Dog; a Dobbin; or maybe even a Panda. :}.
1. A Very Private Patriotic Gentleman

Where is this in my gazette handle.

2. Dog...Dobbin.....Pan
da????

Are you on medication?

Your name?

(Intl) Is that for International or Internal or Interruptible, Is this an acronym for something special I mean "Are we supposed to be scared"?

OMPITA ? ? ?
IS THAT SHORT FOR?
OMPITA ...OMPITA....STICK IT UP YOUR JUMPER?
OR SHOULD I SAY
JUMPITA?
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Yes, I do believe you have a point MM4c. You are clearly an intuitive and lateral thinker. Now you mention it, he could have been calling a Dog; a Dobbin; or maybe even a Panda. :}.[/p][/quote]1. A Very Private Patriotic Gentleman Where is this in my gazette handle. 2. Dog...Dobbin.....Pan da???? Are you on medication? Your name? (Intl) Is that for International or Internal or Interruptible, Is this an acronym for something special I mean "Are we supposed to be scared"? OMPITA ? ? ? IS THAT SHORT FOR? OMPITA ...OMPITA....STICK IT UP YOUR JUMPER? OR SHOULD I SAY JUMPITA? A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -1

6:33pm Mon 20 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Mail Member 4 Colchester wrote:
OMPITA wrote:
Or 'Hear Hear' as they say in Britain.
The Private Gentleman might be calling a dog. How do you know what he meant to say? How does anybody possibly follow what the hell he is going on about? Unless you speak fluent mad idiot, I suggest you try not to give an interpretation.
I KNOW ONE DOG I WONT BE CALLING OUT FOR!

IS IT THAT TIME OF THE 30 DAYS MY FRIEND?

I SUGGEST A SONG BY DAVID BOWIE & LULU
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD
ESPECIALLY THE BIT
"YOUR FACE"!
[quote][p][bold]Mail Member 4 Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Or 'Hear Hear' as they say in Britain.[/p][/quote]The Private Gentleman might be calling a dog. How do you know what he meant to say? How does anybody possibly follow what the hell he is going on about? Unless you speak fluent mad idiot, I suggest you try not to give an interpretation.[/p][/quote]I KNOW ONE DOG I WONT BE CALLING OUT FOR! IS IT THAT TIME OF THE 30 DAYS MY FRIEND? I SUGGEST A SONG BY DAVID BOWIE & LULU THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD ESPECIALLY THE BIT "YOUR FACE"! A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -2

6:38pm Mon 20 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

romantic wrote:
OMPITA wrote:
Help me someone!

I thought 21/22 December was 'mid-winter' - therefore in my feeble mind I reckoned that about six or seven weeks either side of that date would more or less constitute 'Winter'. If so 18th December would well and truly be in wintertime.

How can mid-winter be the beginning of winter?

Answers in words of one syllable please
Technically, Winter is defined as starting at the solstice and running until the equinox, so it would start on 21st Dec. Meteorologists tend to consider Winter for practical terms as being December, January and February, which are the 3 coldest months.

21st December is not really "mid-Winter". It is the shortest day, but not the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. But it will be the day where the sunrise position stops changing, which is how ancient people knew the solstice had come. For them, this was when Winter began: the stored summer food has dwindled, nothing is growing. This is when cattle would be slaughtered, to eat the meat but also save the precious stocks of grain.

There is a time lag between the shortest hours of daylight and the coldest period, because the oceans cool and warm more slowly than the land. Same in summer: the longest day is in June, but the hottest time is normally late July/early August.

So in fact mid-Winter would be around 15th Jan meteorologically, or around 6th Feb in strictest terms. Strictly, it is the solstice, rather than mid-winter.
WINTER IS WINTER IE WHEN ITS COLD AND SNOWING

SUMMER IS SUMMER IE GIRLIES LOOKING LOVELY YOU KNOW SUNNY BLOUSES HOT TANS EYE CANDY

SPRING IS DAFFODILS YOU KNOW MAD MARCH WHEN MOST CLEVER PEOPLE ARE BORN!

AUTUMN IS WHEN EVERYONE GOES ABOUT WITH THE SOFT TOP CONVERTIBLE CARS AND FLYING JACKETS ON, ROOF DOWN WITH THE HEATER TURNED ON FULL:

NEVER MIND THE STONEHENGE C**P
YOU LOT HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT ESOTERIC STUDY IF YOU DID YOU CERTAINLY WOULD NOT BE WASTING YOUR SORRY LIVES ON DOING THIS!
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Help me someone! I thought 21/22 December was 'mid-winter' - therefore in my feeble mind I reckoned that about six or seven weeks either side of that date would more or less constitute 'Winter'. If so 18th December would well and truly be in wintertime. How can mid-winter be the beginning of winter? Answers in words of one syllable please[/p][/quote]Technically, Winter is defined as starting at the solstice and running until the equinox, so it would start on 21st Dec. Meteorologists tend to consider Winter for practical terms as being December, January and February, which are the 3 coldest months. 21st December is not really "mid-Winter". It is the shortest day, but not the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. But it will be the day where the sunrise position stops changing, which is how ancient people knew the solstice had come. For them, this was when Winter began: the stored summer food has dwindled, nothing is growing. This is when cattle would be slaughtered, to eat the meat but also save the precious stocks of grain. There is a time lag between the shortest hours of daylight and the coldest period, because the oceans cool and warm more slowly than the land. Same in summer: the longest day is in June, but the hottest time is normally late July/early August. So in fact mid-Winter would be around 15th Jan meteorologically, or around 6th Feb in strictest terms. Strictly, it is the solstice, rather than mid-winter.[/p][/quote]WINTER IS WINTER IE WHEN ITS COLD AND SNOWING SUMMER IS SUMMER IE GIRLIES LOOKING LOVELY YOU KNOW SUNNY BLOUSES HOT TANS EYE CANDY SPRING IS DAFFODILS YOU KNOW MAD MARCH WHEN MOST CLEVER PEOPLE ARE BORN! AUTUMN IS WHEN EVERYONE GOES ABOUT WITH THE SOFT TOP CONVERTIBLE CARS AND FLYING JACKETS ON, ROOF DOWN WITH THE HEATER TURNED ON FULL: NEVER MIND THE STONEHENGE C**P YOU LOT HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT ESOTERIC STUDY IF YOU DID YOU CERTAINLY WOULD NOT BE WASTING YOUR SORRY LIVES ON DOING THIS! A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -4

7:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Wow, just wow. What's the point in pretending to be mad? Who'd notice another mad man round here?
Wow, just wow. What's the point in pretending to be mad? Who'd notice another mad man round here? Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

I suppose I should add I love the use of the word esoteric. Used without any apparent sense of self-irony.
I suppose I should add I love the use of the word esoteric. Used without any apparent sense of self-irony. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 2

9:13pm Mon 20 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Mad? Who’s mad round here?

It would be very rude of me not to answer AVPGs questions.

So:

1. Am I on medication?

A bit naughty really to ask that ‘medical in confidence’ sort of question, but I’m a jolly nice affable sort of chap these days so I don’t mind answering. The thing is I don’t really know. When they come round every night with the Horlicks (Cocoa on weekends and Bank Holidays) they always give me this great big pink jelly pill called a cassowary or something. It’s like swallowing a ruddy great greasy gob stopper. I keep asking what it’s for but they just mumble something about helping me go. Go where I ask myself? We don’t even get considered for parole in here so there ain’t much chance of going anywhere is there? Anyway for all the good it does I reckon I might as well shove it up my a**e.

2. About my name.

The significance of Intl? Well actually you can choose. Couldn’t be fairer than that could I? I rather like ‘intellectual’ myself, but I dare say there might be odd less charitable character who might opt for ‘intolerable’ or perhaps ‘interminable’ or some such other equally unkind interpretation. Can’t for one moment think why though.

3. Meaning of OMPITA ?

Actually it’s an acronym but its precise meaning is highly classified. You need top level clearance before I can tell you that I’m afraid.

4. Jumpers?

What’s that about Jumpers? Don’t understand. We only wear dungarees, ‘T’ shirts and donkey jackets in here.

5. Are you supposed to be scared?

I can’t imagine why. You’re not the timid type are you? They already confiscated my axe years ago and as I’ve already said there’s no chance of parole from this place. Cripes, I have enough trouble climbing into bed with my knees these days let alone scaling a 30 foot bleedin wall.

I think you’re quite safe – so sleep tight lad – no need to be scared.
Mad? Who’s mad round here? It would be very rude of me not to answer AVPGs questions. So: 1. Am I on medication? A bit naughty really to ask that ‘medical in confidence’ sort of question, but I’m a jolly nice affable sort of chap these days so I don’t mind answering. The thing is I don’t really know. When they come round every night with the Horlicks (Cocoa on weekends and Bank Holidays) they always give me this great big pink jelly pill called a cassowary or something. It’s like swallowing a ruddy great greasy gob stopper. I keep asking what it’s for but they just mumble something about helping me go. Go where I ask myself? We don’t even get considered for parole in here so there ain’t much chance of going anywhere is there? Anyway for all the good it does I reckon I might as well shove it up my a**e. 2. About my name. The significance of Intl? Well actually you can choose. Couldn’t be fairer than that could I? I rather like ‘intellectual’ myself, but I dare say there might be odd less charitable character who might opt for ‘intolerable’ or perhaps ‘interminable’ or some such other equally unkind interpretation. Can’t for one moment think why though. 3. Meaning of OMPITA ? Actually it’s an acronym but its precise meaning is highly classified. You need top level clearance before I can tell you that I’m afraid. 4. Jumpers? What’s that about Jumpers? Don’t understand. We only wear dungarees, ‘T’ shirts and donkey jackets in here. 5. Are you supposed to be scared? I can’t imagine why. You’re not the timid type are you? They already confiscated my axe years ago and as I’ve already said there’s no chance of parole from this place. Cripes, I have enough trouble climbing into bed with my knees these days let alone scaling a 30 foot bleedin wall. I think you’re quite safe – so sleep tight lad – no need to be scared. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Wed 22 Jan 14

James Harrington says...

If you do not mind me asking?
If you are incarcerated in some way or form, what gives you the right to comment or insult people on the outside world.
Would it not be better for you to spend your time making a daily magazine and publish it amongst your own.
And by the way I don't think AVPG is afraid of anyone, have you not read the book by Martin Booth.
The character is a hit man.
The chap must be a bit of a looney and quite unstable, because the character is in the story.
Ha ha
If you do not mind me asking? If you are incarcerated in some way or form, what gives you the right to comment or insult people on the outside world. Would it not be better for you to spend your time making a daily magazine and publish it amongst your own. And by the way I don't think AVPG is afraid of anyone, have you not read the book by Martin Booth. The character is a hit man. The chap must be a bit of a looney and quite unstable, because the character is in the story. Ha ha James Harrington
  • Score: 1

11:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

James Harrington wrote:
If you do not mind me asking?
If you are incarcerated in some way or form, what gives you the right to comment or insult people on the outside world.
Would it not be better for you to spend your time making a daily magazine and publish it amongst your own.
And by the way I don't think AVPG is afraid of anyone, have you not read the book by Martin Booth.
The character is a hit man.
The chap must be a bit of a looney and quite unstable, because the character is in the story.
Ha ha
Au Contraire - or should that perhaps be Al Contrario in this instance?

Martin Booth’s AVPG character spent so much time looking back over his shoulder ‘tis a wonder he didn’t have a permanent crook in his neck.

However I do like JH’s idea about producing an internal magazine. A daily edition would be a bit much though. Perhaps we could settle for a weekly rag. Published every Wednesday - wouldn’t want it to clash with the BWT would we?

I can see that I’ll have to develop a sudden piety and start attending Sunday Mass. That way I can start snivelling around Father Benedetto with a view to getting unbridled access to his old duplicating machine.

My cell mate Charlie is developing an enthusiastic ‘interest’ in the project. In fact he’s already set a figure - fifty per cent of the takings. That could be an awful lot of snout! In return he has promised to make sure my thumbs stay fit and healthy enough to keeping plonking away at the keyboard.

He’s got his heart in the right place really. I can’t believe it’s true what they say about him.

Perhaps JH might be kind enough to proffer an input to the Inaugural Editorial Preface. Indeed we might even offer him a regular column.

How does ‘The Thoughts and Opinions of Our Friend in the Outside world’ sound?
[quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: If you do not mind me asking? If you are incarcerated in some way or form, what gives you the right to comment or insult people on the outside world. Would it not be better for you to spend your time making a daily magazine and publish it amongst your own. And by the way I don't think AVPG is afraid of anyone, have you not read the book by Martin Booth. The character is a hit man. The chap must be a bit of a looney and quite unstable, because the character is in the story. Ha ha[/p][/quote]Au Contraire - or should that perhaps be Al Contrario in this instance? Martin Booth’s AVPG character spent so much time looking back over his shoulder ‘tis a wonder he didn’t have a permanent crook in his neck. However I do like JH’s idea about producing an internal magazine. A daily edition would be a bit much though. Perhaps we could settle for a weekly rag. Published every Wednesday - wouldn’t want it to clash with the BWT would we? I can see that I’ll have to develop a sudden piety and start attending Sunday Mass. That way I can start snivelling around Father Benedetto with a view to getting unbridled access to his old duplicating machine. My cell mate Charlie is developing an enthusiastic ‘interest’ in the project. In fact he’s already set a figure - fifty per cent of the takings. That could be an awful lot of snout! In return he has promised to make sure my thumbs stay fit and healthy enough to keeping plonking away at the keyboard. He’s got his heart in the right place really. I can’t believe it’s true what they say about him. Perhaps JH might be kind enough to proffer an input to the Inaugural Editorial Preface. Indeed we might even offer him a regular column. How does ‘The Thoughts and Opinions of Our Friend in the Outside world’ sound? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

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