I am not sure if the British are world famous for talking about the weather with anyone who will listen…especially as an ice breaker…my goodness it can be boring at times…and yet we never cease to engage in weather chatter throughout the day.
In New Zealand it is just as bad! Who would believe it?
Crowded House, of New Zealand, recorded the song “Four Seasons in One Day” which is pretty appropriate for the weather here (they also recorded “Weather With You”). I haven’t been here long but I have already seen wind, sun, rain etc all on the same day. It is variable to say the least.
There was a lovely moment one morning when there was fog hovering over the harbour with the sun shining through and many locals turned to photograph the scene from the bus on the harbour bridge. Isn’t that something? Sadly I was without camera.
So, variable weather makes it a bit more interesting to talk about as you really don’t know how to dress for the day ahead (the Met Service seem to helpfully recommend numbers of clothing layers for you on their site!). Add to that the fact that it can vary massively across the length of the nation and you have further talking points…especially given the strangely competitive nature of those living outside Auckland to the South where the climate is cooler.
Just recently, there has been snow on the South Island and sunny temperatures in the teens in Auckland…you wouldn’t get that in the UK!
So, in conclusion, if you want to make small talk with a stranger in the UK or NZ…they will only be too happy (or indeed miserable) to chat about the weather with you!
Hello, dear Reader.
I am someone who always has a book on the go. Over the years my taste has broadened dramatically to a wide variety of genres. I love to read.
If, like me, you love reading books and you might be interested in what I am reading and whether it is worth your valuable time in doing likewise (assuming that you trust my judgment!), do please have take a look at my alternative blog which is dedicated to this love of books alone…and I ask if you feel the same way by all means follow this one too and contribute therein.
My new blog is called The Lord of the Reads.
If you would rather have an address to paste into your browser, the full address is http://www.thelordofthereads.wordpress.com
I imagine if you like to read about what I have been up to in New Zealand, you may like to read books too (a bit of a leap there). I would love your company and comment, as I do in 42 World.
Perhaps even start your own blog or I am more than happy to do guest reviews also!
Thank you for indulging me there and, if you go along, I hope you like it.
It is interesting to be able to witness aspects of a political event where you have no power at all. Currently, the New Zealand Elections are in full swing.
Whoever wins, it is comforting to see that just as in the UK, politicians never allow good policy discussion to get in the way of mudslinging, dishonesty, general misdemeanours and scandal. Could there be a less moral part of society than those who would lead us all? What does it say about the rest of us who would choose one of them? But if you don’t have your say, how can you complain?
I am curious to see what it must be like in parts of NZ where they have candidates covering large geographical areas because the population is so skewed to Auckland. How can a farmer at the bottom end of the South Island really be represented by businessmen in the far North…?
Also, there is the additional interest of what would appear to be racism in the parties here in NZ with Maori parties…yes…you heard that right. I am not totally well-informed here but when you have the BNP in the UK supposedly representing a majority (thank heaven they don’t receive popular support) and those looking at Maori interests in NZ (a minority)…how can either of these really be right? A government or any elected official should represent those in their area fairly and without discrimination!
I wonder what would happen if we selected independent candidates for each area and had no parties, just people who genuinely wanted to do the right thing for those whom they represent? Could the world work if the right people were in the right jobs in government? Is any country already like this?
Answers on a postcard please!
With a result of the Scottish referendum due soon, it is interesting to see what NZ TV are saying…one opinion being that the world doesn’t need another small country and that we need less division and greater unity…let’s see what the Scots decide…I know that I will love Scotland as a place whatever happens and I hope that for family and friends living there (or in the rest of the UK for that matter) that the decision taken by the people is not divisive or ultimately costly.
I am told (presumably by someone who has counted them all), that there are 10 million of them here…and only 4.5 million people.
And do try this link…apparently all Kiwis should know these…I have some way to go! Loyal reader, Admiral Lord Gilfeather, has alerted me to people wandering barefoot whenever they can and they most certainly do…strange but true.
We set off from home in search of Weathertop…another movie location from Lord of the Rings where the black riders catch up with Frodo (and friends) and Aragorn fights them off. I can only assume that Sauron, the dark lord, was not interested in us as we saw no evidence of black riders on our tails.
Just over an hour south west of Auckland, past Pukekohe to where New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, meets the Tasman Sea you find the small village of Port Waikato…keep going 10km or so to the south to where the road is no longer paved and you are presented with a vista wherein you can see the very hill, if you look closely, which was digitally enhanced for the film. It is on private land some distance from the road You will need to use your imagination but it is clearly the place. Quite a limestone landscape.
If you do a Google search for Weathertop, you will see the film image…go from there…