• Weather

    Is it snowy down your way?

    No public transport except the Airlink and the tram. Pavements ankle deep in snow. A lovely hush over the city. Camerarderie among those of us who have ventured out. The North Edinburgh Path Network. One of four brave cyclists progressing very slowly along the National Cycle Network 1 View of the North Edinburgh Path Network from Ravelston Dykes viaduct Water of Leith frozen at the edges That’s the A8 from the old railway bridge.  It’s peak rush hour. Other side of the bridge.  About 6 inches of snow last night.

  • Stateside,  Weather

    And now, Irma

    Best wishes to everyone in the path of yet another “unprecedented” storm barreling toward the US– Hurricane Irma, which is on course to strike the Gulf Coast of Florida Sunday morning. In one of the biggest evacuations ever ordered in the U.S., about 6.3 million people in Florida — more than one-quarter of the state’s population — were warned to leave, and 540,000 were directed to clear out from the Georgia coast. Authorities opened hundreds of shelters for people who did not leave. Hotels as far away as Atlanta filled up with evacuees. “If you are planning to leave and do not leave tonight, you will have to ride out…

  • Stateside,  Weather

    Harvey slams Texas

    Best wishes to our readers in Texas and their families as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey, after devastating part of the Gulf Coast, move inland and flood Houston. Officials here warned that the deluge in the nation’s fourth-largest city on Sunday will be “beyond anything experienced,” as Harvey pummeled Texas, dropping more than two feet of rain and causing dire flash floods. At least five people have been reported dead as a result of the storm, according to the National Weather Service. By Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service was predicting that parts of Texas could receive nearly 50 inches of rain, the largest recorded total in the state’s history.…

  • Weather

    Soldiers aid British flood victims

    Best wishes to any of our British readers who have been affected by the recent severe flooding. I see that the government has sent hundreds of soldiers to the affected areas to help people in need. I hope that won’t give rise to idiotic warnings from the far Left about “occupied Leeds” or “militarized York” such as happened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. Update: As the UK government responds to the flooding emergency, Nick Cohen notes the government’s failure to respond to the day-to-day crises faced by food-insecure Britons– and how the implosion of the Labour party has given the Tories a free hand…