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Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006, 11:10 am

The world is a little less fun without Steve Irwin in it.

So, by way of injecting some funny into the day:

I don't like mentioning Paris Hilton, I think every time someone does so an angel loses it's wings. I even managed to avoid commenting about how the posters promoting her new single made me wonder when "sexy pose" started meaning "cold, dead, glassy eyes of an airbrushed corpse holding it's crotch" but when some bloke sneaks 500 copies of his version of her "album" into Virgin and HMV stores around britain it becomes worthy of at least a quick mention. The pictures are here. Of course, with a human as awful as her there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Can you tell the difference between something that is a bomb and something that is not? Could you be in the exciting field of airport security? Could you force people to put everyday valuables into their suitcases so they can be "lost" from the sock they were wrapped in and then placed in a zipped pocket in the bottom of the suitcase? Would you let a bloke through security even though he had a buzzing sex toy down his pants?

It seems our flood emergency might not be so bad, the council cleared all the drains along the street on sunday morning at seven in the FREAKING A.M.. Leaving aside that the problem is not caused by blocked drains so much as a drainage system that is insufficient for the needs of the area and that clearing the street does little if the blockage exists further down theres some comfort to be had in the knowledge that they're at least making the effort. Still... seven am on a sunday morning.

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)

Oh hell.. what did it say?

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)

Page 4, not page 2. Two articles, with sciencey bits (tm). Summary:

* Earth, sun and moon all lined up -> spring tides.
* Moon at it's closest to earth -> perigee spring tide.
* Moon's orbit bringing it in line with equator -> equinoctial perigee spring tide.

Nothing to worry about normally, apparently (10 - 20cms higher than a 'normal' high tide) - unless the weather fecks things up. A combination of strong onshore winds (possibly another 100cm) and a deep depression (30cm for every 30hectopascals - and a deep depression causes pressure to fall from around 1013 to 980hPa, apparently) and - well, that's only around 1.5 metres... sure it'll be grand.

But yeah, the 7a.m. wakeup call is apparently 'cos the local authorities are aware of the danger and are making sure blocked drains in low-lying areas don't add to any other problems caused by the tides.

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)

Doomed, I'm fecking doomed.

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)

The solar system itself is aligning just to piss you off.

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)

The Rains have come.