Forget the economic climate, let’s escape Derry’s climate

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We’ve had heavy downpours between the more usual horizontal rain, the gales and the leaden skies. We’ve risked “local flooding,” according to the forecasters, all with an average temperature of 13C. Tourists from Canada and elsewhere, drove around the coast the other day and saw nothing except rain coming down and spray coming up to meet on the car windscreen. Welcome to ‘summer’ in Ireland. Little wonder that the travel shops are packed. I tried to get through on the phone to ask silly questions about how busy they were until it dawned – I didn’t need to ask. The papers reported that one shop took over 900 calls in a day and had to bring in extra staff. It was also reported that with little remaining capacity for traditional beach holidays people were settling for city breaks to Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and Prague. That’s a sign of how desperate we are to get away – anywhere. It’s understandable; no matter how bad the economic climate, people will still pay to escape the Derry climate. It’s too long to wait until next ‘summer’ for an outside chance of a glimpse of sun. I just had to see if I could help. In the past when I complained about the weather in this column, by the time it appeared in print, things had improved. That’s how Sod’s Law works – let’s make Hamill look stupid and that’ll “learn him,” (that’s Ulster Scots for “teach him,”) to stop complaining. Anything’s worth a try.

We’ve had heavy downpours between the more usual horizontal rain, the gales and the leaden skies. We’ve risked “local flooding,” according to the forecasters, all with an average temperature of 13C. Tourists from Canada and elsewhere, drove around the coast the other day and saw nothing except rain coming down and spray coming up to meet on the car windscreen. Welcome to ‘summer’ in Ireland. Little wonder that the travel shops are packed. I tried to get through on the phone to ask silly questions about how busy they were until it dawned – I didn’t need to ask. The papers reported that one shop took over 900 calls in a day and had to bring in extra staff. It was also reported that with little remaining capacity for traditional beach holidays people were settling for city breaks to Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and Prague. That’s a sign of how desperate we are to get away – anywhere. It’s understandable; no matter how bad the economic climate, people will still pay to escape the Derry climate. It’s too long to wait until next ‘summer’ for an outside chance of a glimpse of sun. I just had to see if I could help. In the past when I complained about the weather in this column, by the time it appeared in print, things had improved. That’s how Sod’s Law works – let’s make Hamill look stupid and that’ll “learn him,” (that’s Ulster Scots for “teach him,”) to stop complaining. Anything’s worth a try.