For the rain it raineth every day

When I was a young boy in Poplar I used to look out of the window on the first floor of the maisonette where we lived when it rained. Our yard was made of large concrete cement flags, bound with bitumen but the slabs were unevenly laid in this Festival of Britain development so rainwater collected in large puddles and when rain it the puddles they made bubbles.

When that I was and a little tiny boy,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.

Today we are puzzled that so much rain has fallen this December; we look for reasons why so much of the places where people live are affected by floods while other places, previously fertile, are affected with drought. In most places we watch through the window of the media and do not understand whether what we see is the beginning of the end or simply a temporary change in the order of things. And so we speculate and enact out our speculations.


A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day


Happy New Year

The Gentle Rain

Until now the summer in London has been hot and fine but today there is a cold rain in August which will be followed by a cold wind in August. The weather of London is not the worst problem in the world, but of course the things that affect us most immediately are the things that grab our attention. It is caused by the remnants of a Floridian hurricane; natuer shaped little by the hand of man.

If I lived in Gaza I would fear bombs, not wind, and if I lived in Iraq I would fear death not just by bombs but also by bullets and beheading. These events are shaped by the ambition and greed of humanity.

The rain is gentle, even the heaviest rain.  Humanity is unforgiving, ruthless and harsh.

Rain, rain go away

One of the fears of climate scientists was that as the planet got hotter so weather patterns would change radically and that one of the changes would be that some parts of the world would have droughts and others would experience heavier than normal rainfall. This fear has proved well grounded. Unfortunately many people only believe what they can see and experience; Hurricane Katrina made many Americans aware of the weather changes and the effects of climate change on weather. Droughts in the Horn of Africa were more severe, longer lasting and killed more people than Katrina but they were far away from the developed world and perhaps out of sight is out of mind. Continue reading