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The weather – Blog No. 22

The weather

It is conventional in some countries for people to speak to each other about the weather as if it were a reference point in a friendly conversation.  It isn’t.  It’s the polite way of saying:  I don’t know what else to say to you.  That is the way with all small talk.  It is projectile ineptitude and all those engaged in its futility are evidently acutely uncomfortable with silence of any kind.  They need to fill the tranquility, the quiet, with pointless noise aimed at easing the awkwardness caused when they are faced with social situations in which they would rather not find themselves.  Do not listen to that sort of noise.   If you are genuinely interested in the weather, then speak of it with reverence.  Do not use it as an excuse to make wasted conversation.  Even the weather gets bored, hearing itself spoken about in the dead tones of those who chatter with empty heads.

The weather is largely unpredictable.  It is set to stay that way.  Forecasting is one way of finding out what is on its way, weather-wise.  Forecasting has prevented many deaths this century.  It is a valuable resource.  It is tempting – given the research done and being done – to imagine that it is reasonable with practice to predict definite weather patterns or determine with certainty what the weather will ‘do’.  You cannot decide what the weather is going to do.  It has its own agenda to attend to.  It is important to know that the weather we experience is impacted by factors that haven’t even happened yet.

The weather is quite often a phenomenon.  It does not play favourites.  It is what it is.  It does what it can.  The weather does not ask humankind if it would like a monsoon yesterday.  It sends a hurricane when the winds decide the time is right and a monsoon on Tuesday if the rain says okay.  That is its way.  There is no reward for complaining about its diverse nature, nor is there respite from its less tender ministrations for those who will build their lives contrary to its guidelines.  Nature will not be tamed.  Not now, not then – and not ever.  I – for one – am grateful for its changeability, its refusal to be capped by mankind.  Nature is our very essence.  Weather is its expression.  No matter how frustrating it is for humankind, neither respond to punishment.  Neither will be manipulated by public opinion.  Neither care what curses are spat in their general direction.  When there is Nature’s work to be done it gets done.  The way you feel about how it goes about its business is neither here nor there, either.  It does not work to impress.  It works to get the job that needs doing, done.

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The Flying Circus – Blog No. 61

FlyingCircus

Naturally, The Flying Circus does not use wild animals.

That would be foolish. Wild animals get airsick, they prefer terra firma.

It is no show when they suffer vertigo.

The Flying Circus has a somewhat different role to play than those circuses one finds floored.

It is well-adapted for that.

The Flying Circus does offer a carousel ride to those patrons who wish to spin – and fly.

Most of them do. The high-speed rotation keeps them on their horses.

It is a carousel of horses. Hand-crafted, hand-painted, wooden. Antique.

Any carousel in The Flying Circus is original. Unique.

They did not make duplicates when quality counted.

The Flying Circus bought its carousel with care, it took some time to find the right one.

Naturally.

The Flying Circus has an advantage. It is not tied down. There are no ropes, strings.

It moves on the whims of the wind.

The wind is a kind carrier, despite those whims, fancies.

It keeps turbulence in hand. It lends its force to lift.

It chooses not to fixate on what The Flying Circus rehearses.

That is not wind-business. It is wind-work, but not wind-business.

Circus patrons pay their dues at the door before take-off.

That frees them to partake of the circus fare without interruption.

It is the kind of show that requires concentration.

It can last for hours.

From time to time, The Flying Circus changes its schedule.

The patrons do not get perplexed. They are known for their flexibility.

Adaptability. They are ready whenever the show gets going.

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