The Other I

February 21, 2012

Weather insurance

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:16 pm

The weather forecasters here in Britain are asking for funding for a more powerful computer system so that they can improve their forecasting, especially of catastrophic weather events.

Weather events like tsunamis, hurricanes, severe flooding, earthquakes, or severe droughts are so devastating of human life and in economic terms that an investment that can increase warning time of their impending arrival are sure to be cost-effective.

In the meantime, I invested in weather insurance today.  It cost £4.97 (that’s about $8.15 in American dollars) and I’m sure it will ensure that it does not snow here for at least another two years.

It’s an American snow shovel.



Traditional English snow shovel.





Modern English Snow Shovel.  Ours is a bright red flat piece of wood screwed onto a handle.


A proper American snow shovel shaped like a scoop with bevilled sides.

At least I’ll be prepared in 2014.  Assuming I’m still here and still able to handle a snow shovel.



  1. last trip to england brought a brawlie it rained every day
    best wishes
    irene the iconoclast


    Comment by kateritek — February 21, 2012 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

    • Oh no! and the snow shovel didn’t even come with a guarantee. Will I never learn?


      Comment by Terry Sissons — February 21, 2012 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  2. There must have been a run on snow shovels in New York this winter. The last real snow we had was in October, when of course everyone predicted a nuclear winter.


    Comment by pianomusicman — February 21, 2012 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

    • So, do you think we could control global warming if we all went out and bought an air conditions? I’ll do my bit and buy a fan. For the good of the planet, of course. Terry


      Comment by Terry Sissons — February 22, 2012 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

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