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What a difference a year makes

Posted in Maynooth with tags , , on February 27, 2019 by telescoper

All this week we’ve seen very nice sunny weather in Maynooth, with temperatures reaching around 16 degrees (which is unusually high for February). This is in remarkable contrast with this time last year, when Ireland was facing the Beast from the East. The roads were blocked, the airports were closed, people were panic-buying bread, and the scene on campus was this:

It’s not been quite as warm here as it has been in England and Wales, where temperatures have exceeded  20°C, but it’s still been very pleasant – apart, perhaps, from being a bit warm in the computer laboratory.

One can’t help thinking, though, that there’s something disconcerting about this weather. It’s almost as if the climate might be changing or something like that.

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Maynooth in the Snow

Posted in Maynooth with tags , on February 28, 2018 by telescoper

There has been very little snow in Cardiff (so far) but there have been heavy falls in Maynooth. The above picture was tweeted by Maynooth University this morning, along with an announcement that the campus is closed today (and probably until Friday, as more snow is on the way).

Under normal circumstances I would be in Ireland from today until the weekend, but I have to be in London tomorrow (Thursday) so arranged cover for my teaching. Looks like teaching will be cancelled tomorrow anyway.

UPDATE: Maynooth University campus will be closed until Monday.

Whether I can make it to and from London, or whether the event I’m supposed to attend tomorrow will be cancelled, remains to be seen…

March Weather in Sussex…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 14, 2013 by telescoper

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Snow, by Louis MacNeice

Posted in Poetry with tags , on March 13, 2013 by telescoper

I’ve posted this before, but it seems appropriate to post it again today…

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes–
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of your hands–
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

by Louis MacNeice (1907-1963).

Snowbound in Brighton

Posted in Biographical with tags , , on March 12, 2013 by telescoper

The last twenty-four hours in Brighton have been very strange. It started snowing yesterday morning. Not snowing very much, actually, but it was also very cold so not a very pleasant way to start the week. Nevertheless I had a trouble-free bus trip to the University of Sussex campus and got on with my business. It carried on snowing a bit, but not much. This is what it looked like outside my office at about 11.30.

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It kept on snowing a bit, but not much, all afternoon. By five o’clock I noticed that the Twitter feed for the Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company was announcing that some bus services were suspended. Then all of its bendy buses were withdrawn from service. Since most of the buses I get to and from campus are of the bendy variety I decided to head home. It was snowing a little heavier by then, and it took a long time to get home owing to heavy traffic, but I made it to my flat by about 6.30pm. Checking Twitter again I saw that all bus servives had been cancelled. The accumulated amount of snow in central Brighton was no more than a centimetre.

Buses remained suspended this morning. Owing to the transport difficulties facing its staff and students the University of Sussex decided to cancel teaching for the day and operate at a minimal level of service. I settled down to work a bit at home, with a view to travelling to campus as soon as the buses were running again. In fact the roads appeared very clear when I decided to make the most of my morning off, by doing some shopping and getting a haircut, but the bus service to Falmer was not reinstated until about two hours after I took this picture…

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When I did eventually get on a Number 25 bus, the roads were completely clear of snow. Not surprisingly, actually, because although it snowed for quite a long time it was really rather light.

What is staggering is that less than half an inch of snow could paralyse the transport system of entire Town the size of Brighton, especially when it was forecast days in advance. There may have been heavier snowfall elsewhere in the area of course. The town is also rather hilly which, in icy conditions could cause problems for buses. But Brighton & Hove Council’s preparations for this cold snap seem to have been woefully ineffective. It’s sobering to experience how vulnerable this town is to even slightly bad weather.

Anyway, I’m now on campus. It’s not snowing. The sun’s shining, in fact. All the roads are clear. But there are few students about because there’s no teaching going on. Time to get some work done…

..and then try to get home!

Aftermath

Posted in Bute Park, Uncategorized with tags , , on December 31, 2010 by telescoper

My next-door neighbours were having one of their Wagnerian rows so I decided to take a walk in the park rather than listen to any more hysterical screaming and smashing crockery. Actually I’m glad I got off my backside anyway because it’s actually rather warm outside, at least in comparison to the last few weeks. It feels more like autumn today rather than the depth of winter.

Although the thaw has cleared almost all the snow from Bute Park, it has thus revealed quite a few signs of damage. Here and there branches have been sheared off by the weight of accumulated snow and ice. In this example two bits have fallen off, but the damage to the tree doesn’t look serious.

Occasionally, though, something much more spectacular has obviously happened. Take a look at this tree, near the riding school, which has been completely destroyed.

The trunk of this one seems to have been cleaved apart by forces pulling in two directions. Half the tree has fallen over the fence to the right and the other half behind the fence to the left. I’m glad nobody was nearby when this happened, but I bet it would have been quite a sight to see a big tree fall apart like this!

Snow

Posted in Poetry with tags , on December 30, 2010 by telescoper

I should really have posted this before the snow vanished, but I forgot about it..

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes–
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of your hands–
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

 

by Louis MacNeice (1907-1963).


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