Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Friday, 29 January 2010

Weather predictions

Long term weather forecasting from Michael Flanders might be more accurate than using the Met Office, and it's a bit more fun too

"A Song of the Weather"
January brings the snow,
Makes your feet and fingers glow
February's Ice and sleet
Freeze the toes right off your feet
Welcome March with wintry wind
Would thou wer't not so unkind
April brings the sweet spring showers
On and on for hours and hours
Farmers fear unkindly May
Frost by night and hail by day
June just rains and never stops
Thirty days and spoils the crops
In July the sun is hot.
Is it shining? No, it's not!
August cold, and dank, and wet -
Brings more rain than any yet
Bleak September's mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood
Then October adds a gale,
Wind and slush and rain and hail
Dark November brings the fog -
Should not do it to a dog
Freezing wet December then :
Bloody January again!

"A Song of The Weather" by Michael Flanders OBE (songwriter - Flanders and Swann); a comic variation on Sara Coleridge's 1834 rhyme "January Brings the Snow".

You can listen to the original here onYouTube  (Embedding disabled by request)

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