Make hay while the sun shines

Northern Ireland is basking in glorious weather. It was a sunny and hot 30 degrees today, and it was a typical case of “If you have the good weather, there’s nowhere like Norn Iron”

While I am more familiar with fire hydrants from my childhood in the Bronx, it seems that the folks in Belfast are no strangers to the custom of cooling off in water hydrants.

The Water Service are less than amused and have said that ‘there were 42 incidences of water hydrants being set off in West Belfast in only four days this week and added that the vandals are wasting gallons of water and tens of thousands of pounds’ The high jinks caused a little political reaction too, with Tom Hartley from Sinn Fein commenting ‘Water is a very precious commodity. We pay for water already, and next year we will probably have to pay a lot more. Water needs to be looked after and not wasted in this way. They are wasting thousands and thousands of gallons of water and thousands of pounds of ratepayers’ money

Farmers are happy too, with a spokesman admitting as much on radio this evening. He warned that while it’s perfect weather for making hay, and farmers were happy, we were comforted to learn that they wouldn’t be happy if the dry spell lasts too long.

I hope this post is clear enough for everyone, but please feel free to ask for clarification.

  • Nevin

    Nearly too hot for two US marines

  • Miss Fitz

    Nevin
    I hadnt realised they were Marines! Goodness, I wonder what on earth they were thinking of?

    Thanks for that though, it made me smile

  • Nevin

    Thinking US marines?

  • Dread Cthulhu

    MissFitz: “I hadnt realised they were Marines! Goodness, I wonder what on earth they were thinking of? ”

    US Marine are, essentially, elite infantry, meant for storming beaches. Now, when you mentally prepare a man to charge a defended beach, what with the mines, the machineguns, the mortars, razorwire, etc., you have to.. well, sacrifice might not be the best word… *supress* certain mental funtions, since what makes sense in the real world is not what makes sense on a battlefield.

  • Miss Fitz

    So, taking a walk on an undefended beach, like the path off the Giants Causeway was just too much for them?

    Shucks, it makes me feel all warm and protective for them

  • McGrath

    There is an IQ test to get into the US Marine corp, it you pass the IQ test, you cant get in.

    I suppose they dont want thinkers.

  • McGrath

    I have been working in the Palm Springs area of Califorian for the past while. Last weekend, it got to 46 degrees C! Phueeeey

  • Dread Cthulhu

    McGrath: “There is an IQ test to get into the US Marine corp, it you pass the IQ test, you cant get in.”

    Its more complicated than that. You need bright people to do the job — however, it does require a certain excuberance…

    Missfitz: ” So, taking a walk on an undefended beach, like the path off the Giants Causeway was just too much for them? ”

    Too little, actually. My personal suspicioun is that they’re just adrenaline junkies. If its not dangerous, it just not fun.

  • Crataegus

    Dread Cthulhu

    We live in a society hell bent at taking any risk out of life. Health and safety legislation, compensation, claims etc, but an element in humanity just isn’t suited for this environment. Some like risks.

    Perhaps we need to create dangerous outlets. Wisk taking should be on the school curriculum. Look at what happens, remove risk and people hit the bottle or drugs to deaden the tedium of a life that has become as exciting as blemounge. Surprised they haven’t cushioned pavements, banned junk food, reduced the speed limit to 10mph, prohibited gardening and power tools.

    Look what they have done to Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, you would really need to try to fall but 20 years ago well different story. Not worth visiting anymore you went because of the large open spaces between the ropes. Less is more I say.

    The safer they make it the more some itch for adventure. Some of us are ready to scream.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Crataegus: “We live in a society hell bent at taking any risk out of life.”

    Arguably a source of society’s decline; An untested life and all that…

    Cratageus: “The safer they make it the more some itch for adventure. Some of us are ready to scream. ”

    It is the lack of frontiers, Cratageus — there are few places for those who wish to test themselves to go.

  • Penelope

    it’s warm and sunny in Ulster and overcast, cool, damp and drizzly in San Diego… what’s wrong with this picture???

    you have switched our weather and we’d like it back please… but not until after my visit to Belfast in two weeks time… really, it’s so very thoughtful of you to warm up the place, appreciate it 😉 😉 😉

  • Penelope

    doesn’t surprise me that they were Marines…why do you think they call them “jarheads”? 😉 😉 LOL

  • Rory

    One consolation though – if the jarheads were an advance scouting party for an invasion force this demonstration of their skills may mean we shouldn’t have too much to worry about.

    Risk-taking, Crataegus? Joining in Slugger debates is about as risky as I’m prepared for these days for leisure activity. The rest of my risk avoidance strategy is taken up in my daily activity attempting to avoid and deflect the muggers.

  • Nevin

    Fortunately, they didn’t fall into the hands of the local jarheads

  • Rory

    Indeed, Nevin. That fate I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Death would be a merciful relief after the musical entertainment.

  • pid

    “I won’t swap the blue skies of Ulster for the grey skies of an Irish republic.”

    One of the Doc’s classics.

    Took me ages thinking out how to steer this thread round to the usual 😉