Winter happens, right?


Snow came and we saw;

a national obsession

sated. Now the floods.


by Scooj


Is it me, or has winter recently become a highly unusual event? We have four seasons, and although climate change is mixing things up a bit, we do still have those four seasons. The news coverage about our weather has become almost non-stop and utterly over the top.

This is a narrative led by successive governments that are reputation driven and risk averse. A millimeter of snow in Bristol is news? This focus and emphasis reminds me of the worst kind of distraction agenda-setting. Our nation is on its knees, EU Exit (formerly known as Brexit) is in a horrendous muddle, Trump, NHS, homelessness, public sector dismantling. Things are not going well in the UK, so let’s talk about the weather, it’s something we can all rally round…isn’t it?

OK I’m done now.


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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

2 thoughts on “Winter happens, right?”

  1. You speak a scary truth, scooj. Even more terrifying is everyone’s eagerness to jump on the wagon.

    To be fair, it’s been four years since we saw any snow in the south east, and I have a six year old little brother. It was kind of exciting.

    Then again I can’t discuss the failure of the NHS or Brexit with him, so it’s best to stick to the snow.

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    1. Hi Harry. I love the snow too. It is more the crazy hype surrounding it that I worry about. I am confused why I watch people being interviewed in salt depots, prior to gritting roads…it is their job, it is what they do when it is cold. It is like the weather has attained celebrity status. It is weather, and always has been.

      Hope you enjoyed the snow with your brother.

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