The view from the compact but adorable city apartment this morning.
We in the South West are going through a repeat experience of the weather from a week or two ago. This afternoon, there is a freezing strong wind on its way. A friend of mine was supposed to catch a plane to Argentina (via Madrid) this morning. I think she will have missed it.
I was talking to an airline pilot last night, and he explained that the usual reason for flight cancellations in this weather is that they cannot de-ice the planes properly. The runways can be sprayed with uric acid (presumably from a bowser rather than the entire airport going out and pissing on the runways), but a clear runway is no use to a plane landing at high speed with its flaps stuck up in the cruise position.
I spoke to the pilot in the pub. He asked if I was out all night, or if I was just having a beer or two before going home. I told him that I had a system of discipline to control my drinking which involves being at home with slippers on in time to listen to The Archers at 7.03 pm. Yesterday was a Saturday, and Saturdays are the one day in the week when there is no Archers, so I deploy a super-human power of will to be out of the pub by 6.30. If you are the type of person to combine drinking with hard drugs, this system falls apart immediately and you often find yourself going home at 7.00 - in the morning.
After dinner with wine, I have another system (which doesn't always work) to stop me drinking wine until I fall over and sleep on the kitchen floor - or worse - stay awake and begin communicating with sleeping friends who I have not seen for years.
The routine is as follows: H.I. will begin yawning, then eventually go upstairs to bed, leaving me with the wine. I find myself thinking about things in general, usually about work. If I realise that I am drifting toward believing that I am either the best sculptor since Michelangelo or the worst since Damian Hirst, I use the same super-human power of will to turn out the lights and take myself to bed.
Like I say, it doesn't always work.