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A Winter Warmer

Long time no blog.
Been away now I’m back!
A week-end in Bonny Scotland near Aberdeen. Stunning! Countryside to make your heart soar.
I used to live there thirty years ago when the weather was different. Now their winters are mild, snow doesn’t happen like it used to, though I’m never entirely sure if that it is just the way I remember it.
I recall my first day in Aberdeen. April 1979. The daffodils were just beginning to push their way out of the frozen thawing ground. I settled into the hospital accommodation and sat in an armchair next to a coal fire (no coal available) wrapped in my sheepskin coat, listening to the hailstones rattling down the chimney. Snowed in June that year.
Winter, two years later, brought a temperature of -27 in Milltimber where we lived on the outskirts of town. My son Andy, who lives in Aberdeen, tells me snow is now uncommon and temperatures never plummet much below zero.
So, who’s pulling our strings? Is global warming a reality or is it just a fluctuation in the natural changes Nature inflicts on our planet? I recall a chap whom I knew well; he was a budding director of a major British industrial company and appeared on TV talking about the ozone layer. He said there was no hole in the ozone and it was all hype made up by a bunch of ill-informed lefty……
I asked him later whether he believed what he was saying on TV. He shrugged. He didn’t care as long as he did what he was told. Maybe lies can smooth the path to the top but I have a feeling the ride down is quicker on a smooth surface. I hope he found out.
We’d all better get our sunglasses and sun-cream on then hadn’t we?

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