(Cold) Snap, Crackle and Pop

And as this frankly ridiculous weather continues (O jet stream, how have we offended thee?  Return to us, we pray!) I am reminded of Madrid, where one piece of folk wisdom about the weather was: ‘Nine months of winter, three months of hell’.  In Spanish it sounds much better because their word for winter – invierno – is only one letter different from infierno, or hell.  In fact that’s not particularly accurate for Madrid, which has three months of winter and three months of hell whilst spring and autumn tend to be mild and wet.  April is the nicest month; May is a delight, and by June it’s starting to get uncomfortably hot.  But back to Britain, if we must, where the forecast seems to be nine months of winter and three months of rain.  – but sadly, weather forecasts are a lot better now than they used to be, so we don’t have the comfort of saying ‘Oh, I bet they’ve got it all wrong again.  You’ll see – we’ll have sunshine tomorrow.’  Still, I don’t approach the confidence in the weather forecasters that one woman had years ago.  She was talking to her friend at a bus stop; rain had been forecast – but not for a day or two – and it was now drizzling.

‘Course, this en’t the proper rain,’ she said confidingly to her friend, ‘this is just condensation.’

I had to stifle a snort of laughter at that one.

But!  Lo and behold me, yesterday afternoon, exiting the house in my usual clobber: coat, hat, gloves etc – only to return and shed my outer garments and walk down the street in jeans and jumper!  Not only that but on my return I was able to fetch a folding chair and sit out the front of our house, which faces due West, and enjoy the sunshine.


Then again, what about the astrological weather?  Like any teenager I used to read my horoscope avidly and wonder who the new boy might be who was going to smile at me that week – but of course, they hardly ever came true: predicting the future is a notoriously tricky business, as Dumbledore once observed to Harry Potter.


However, though the predictions might be way off, I haven’t been able to avoid a sneaking feeling that astrology has something to say about character.  Why this should be I do not know: how can a distant constellation which happened to be overhead at the time of your birth, have anything to do with who you are as a person?  To quote Edmund in King Lear, ‘I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardising.’


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On the other hand, maybe it’s like chaos theory – far-off bodies influencing things close to, and vice versa: I can’t help thinking that the character of a Gemini as I have seen it described, says something about me.

What do you think?  Do you identify with the characteristics of your star-sign?

Kirk out

4 thoughts on “(Cold) Snap, Crackle and Pop

    1. That’s interesting. I find the dual aspect of Gemini has a lot to say about the way I am. How about you?


  1. Yes definitely because according to this mug I’ve got Scorpios are magnetic, self-confident, inspirational, passionate, masterful and creative. Nothing about the sting in the tail though which sometimes unfortunately turns inwards.

    Spock out

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