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Longing for rain and cooler temperatures

We are heading in a solar minimum and yet in the British Isles, Ireland, Northern and Western Europe have been experience record high temperatures and a severe lack of rain. This summer seems like it is never going to end with the constant heat and high humidity it is making it unbearable. I live in a cold building and I cannot keep cool. Usually when it is very hot, it is very cool inside, but not this time. All I am looking forward to is cooler temperatures, thunderstorms with plenty of rain or at least seasonable temperatures and seasonable weather.

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NaJoPoMo Winter Holiday Season Mayhem

This the time of year that I dread the most, as I seem never to be prepared enough. I always worry that I have that my presents won't get there on time or be liked. Wrapping up presents is a nightmare as I cannot cut paper straight even with a ruler. This year I have managed to post my Christmas cards abroad in plenty of time and I have plucked up the courage to shop online for gifts. I wonder if anyone like me finds piped Muzak annoying as when I ever especially listen to it, (especially Christmas themed songs) which play in a continuous loop in my head for hours on end.

I am quite fastidious about mince pies and I prefer the mini ones with varied toppings of dried fruit, nuts and other types of toppings. The supermarket that I usually sell them does not sell it any more. Last year when I went to the store in late November all of the mini mince pies were sold out which seems strange that they should stop supplying a popular make of mince pies. So I have a choice of two supermarkets to get them one a two bus ride away and the other one bus ride away. I just hope that they don't sell out.

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NaJoPoMo entry - Over the top and hysterical weather reports in newspapers, especially the tabloid ones

It starts every year in October and the headlines and news stories are so over the top and hilarious. Stating that there will be blizzards lasting several months and that the country from Lands End to John O'Groats will be blanked in very deep snow or that there will be hurricanes and floods all over the country and then changing their mind again saying that we will be having a heat wave.

I never take them seriously as they are so funny and they would make a great plot line for a comedy sketch. All I can say that the reporters or the people that they get the dire weather predications from should become comedians as they are unintentionally very funny. I wonder if the UK is the only country to have bizarre and exaggerated weather stories reported in their newspapers.

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Rosa Baggins NaJoPoMo entry - sharing memorable past winters

The best winters that I remember where the winters in the mid to late 60's. I was living with my family in Ashington a mining town in South East Northumberland where the winters were not only the coldest but the most beautiful. The frost would cover our windows, where the ice particles would make intricate and very beautiful patterns over the glass. When it snowed the snow would make it everything look so magical and I loved going outside to gaze at such a wondrous scene. It was and still is my favourite season of the year but even though we have had very cold and snowy winters, they are nothing like the ones I remembered as a small child in Northumberland.

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NaJoPoMo Unusual Customs and Traditions througout the world.

1st and 2nd November Soul-caking West Midlands The cakes would be delivered door-to door by children. These cakes would be exchanged for confectionery and coins

21st December Winters Solstice Brighton Burning of the clocks It is an annual paper and willow lantern parade which are carried through the streets of Brighton and when they reach the beach they burn their lanterns as a token gift for the end of the year. It is a new tradition that was started in 1994 as way of celebrating the winter festival regardless of faith or creed.

December The Mummers, Somerset It is an early form of pantomime which is very loosely based on the St George the Dragon legend. It has been performed around Europe since the Middle Ages. These plays are performed on the streets of Keynsham, between Bristol and Bath. These plays have been performed in Somerset since the late 1970s by the Bristol Morris dancers.

26th December Boxing Day Grantchester, just outside Cambridge This relatively new custom originated in the 60's and revived in 2003 Is 4 teams relay roll the empty barrels as fast as they can up and down the Coton Road before lunch on Boxing Day.

31 December Hogmanay Swinging of the the Fireballs, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire The ceremony takes place at midnight each year. It starts with a procession of the fireball dancers which make their way down Stonehaven’s High Street.

31 December Tar Barl festival Allendale, Northumberland A procession of lighted tar barrels that are carried on the heads of revellers who are called guisers. The tradition goes back to 1858. It originates from the problems carollers who could not keep their candles lighted because of the strong winds that were blowing their candles out. A suggestion of using a lighted tar barrel which its easier for the to carry them on their heads when they are moving from place to place.

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