Perhaps it is the heat, perhaps it is just me, perhaps it is living in Britain in these credit-crunch times – but I have noticed that a number of really quite trivial and unimportant things irritate me. I do not get angry – I just get irritated. So… I thought I would start an ‘Irritation” section on my blog to share my ‘pet irritations’ and invite those of you who are so inclined - (a) to be irritating or (b) share your pet irritations when I publish “Irritation” posts.
1. The BBC weather forecast for London on the BBC website
I read weather forecasts regularly – it is a minor impediment to an otherwise relatively insane life. I don’t actually care what the weather is or does – but I do take the most irrational and grave exception when the BBC tells me that there is going to be rain and then we get a heatwave. I take an implausibly grave exception when the converse happens.
Today, the BBC has changed their assessment of the weather no less than five times; at times representing a forecast on their website at odds with the radio and television bulletins – and what is going on outside my window. I know – because, again, perhaps irrationally’, I have turned on the radio and television to check. This may well appear, to the casual observer, to be symptomatic of a mild form of obsessive compulsive disorder or the onset of some dementia bloggerensis and you may well be right. I will be on my roof deck tonight at midnight checking the sky, the web, the radio and the television to see if there is any accuracy in the BBC forecasts. I may well chuck a few chicken feathers and entrails about to do my own forecast. I appreciate that weather changes – but how can it go from a Met Office “Severe Weather” warning to heatwave in half a f*****g hour? This is the problem I have today. I am told that I will be OK once the pills kick in.
Frankly, I have a suspicion that the BBC just wait to see what the weather is actually doing outside the London office and adjust it… which is about as much use to anyone as a one legged pace bowler in a test match.
Please feel free to tell me your “irritations” in the comments section – I may well prefer yours to mine – in which case I may email you (but not if you are a barrister who is hostile to emails – see below) and propose a swap.
IRRITATION UPDATE / Wednesday 30 July 10.15 pm
It has been a rather irritating day for Cricket fans. Our batsmen decided that they did not know how to bat today.
I am grateful to The Chief, a visitor to this blog, for sending me an EXCELLENT picture of the weather forecast for Birmingham . It is from the BBC and gives me comfort both for the weather and the cricket. It is worth a look!