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Pathetic Fallacy – it’s all news to me

Photo by John O'Nolan

Photo by John O’Nolan

Something that has always stuck in my mind, throughout studying English at school and then at university, are all those literary devices and the terminology for all of these – things like alliteration, hyperbole, dramatic irony and anthropomorphism. I think we had them drilled to us so much, and had to apply them to so many different texts that they have just stayed in my mind. One that I will always remember from those long nights spent studying dense texts and all that poetry is pathetic fallacy – when the mood of the character is reflected in the weather or inanimate objects.

I bring this up now because I have noticed of late, since I have been feeling a bit blue, that things around me seem to be mimicking how I am feeling inside. I don’t know if I am just more aware of the negatives that are always present, or whether there is more sadness around me, but either way something is going on. I have spent the last two weeks writing the most depressing collection of stories on a range of topics including two terminal brain tumours and terrible hospital care that has left a man to be fed through a tube. It is horrible to have to write such painful stories and really has challenged me as a journalist, but all I can think is how much this should be putting things in perspective for me when really it is just making me feel even more confused.

It’s just left me wondering whether this sudden influx of sad stories is just coincidence or whether the world really is just a cycle of energies and I just seem to be attracting the more negative stuff at the moment. I’m not really sure what I believe but could certainly do with some more upbeat and happy stories to cover now so if you are in Norfolk and have a tale to tell that will put a smile on my face, it would be much appreciated!

What do you think? Are we all releasing good and bad energies and in turn attracting them? Or is it all just in my head?

Just what is all this weather building up to?

Photo by Al Boardman

Photo by Al Boardman

I’ve always been one of those people who are mildly concerned with global warming – who tries to make sure they don’t leave all the lights on, the car running and not to leave my electrical items on standby – but I certainly don’t do enough to reduce my carbon footprint. In fact, I work in one of the businesses that is essentially causing forests to be cut down to provide the newspaper for me to write. I’m the kind of person who moans about the weather and prays for a sunny day without thinking about the long-term consequences of droughts, lack of rainfall and so on…

But lately, the prominence of weather reports in our news has caused me to really think about what is happening outside my window. I’m talking about the unusually mild weather we in the UK are experiencing after a series of huge storms and terrible flooding. I’m talking about the polar vortex that has caused deaths and extreme cold in the US – even Niagara Falls and Hell froze over! And I’m talking about the news report I read yesterday about extremely hot temperatures in Australia causing bats to fall dead from the skies.

All of this together just sound like a scene from The Day After Tomorrow – I’m just waiting for the enormous tsunami to wash over NYC (hopefully not as my little sister has just moved there)! I’m getting more than just a little concerned over these extreme fluctuations in weather across the world because it seems to becoming more and more erratic as the days go by. Growing up, I don’t remember weather being quite as astonishing and making the headlines quite as much, I don’t remember it causing quite so many deaths or generally such a stir. I’m sure it is far too late to really reverse any of the damage that we humans have already done, but it is clear that we need to do something to help prevent causing much more or who know’s what could happen.

The Met Office have said that it is too early to tell whether this extreme weather has been caused by climate change but surely all they need to do is look at records from the past 50 years and to take a look outside their window to see that something serious is going on. I almost wish I had some kind of a scientific brain and could understand facts and figures associated with this in order to see for myself what is happening and what can be done. You only have to take a quick look at The Guardian website to see that they have created a webpage especially for stories about extreme weather and natural disasters because they are happening so frequently.

I can’t offer any solutions for global warming but I think it is time to start listening to those who know before things get even more serious. I’m certainly going to start looking at reducing my carbon footprint by driving more conscientiously, walking more, making sure all light bulbs are eco-friendly, although we barely use our home heating I will make sure we are using it even less, turning all appliances off instead of leaving them on standby and of course, recycling. I already do a lot of these, but will make sure to be consistent with them as well.

Have any of you found other ways of reducing your carbon footprint? What are your weather concerns?

Photo by Daniel Boule

Photo by Daniel Boule

 

Frozen bubbles and the beauty of the snow

Photo by Adam Rifkin

Photo by Adam Rifkin

I hadn’t planned to post today, but then I spotted this link on Facebook and just couldn’t resist sharing it with you guys. These bubbles look so beautiful and I definitely want to try this myself when the weather gets colder. Although I will always be a summer baby, I can’t help but love the snow and the cold – it gives us the perfect opportunity to hibernate and to get all cosy with hot chocolates. Plus it is just so beautiful to see snow covering the empty fields in Norfolk, completely untouched. I love seeing frost sparkling on the grass and crisp frozen rain on the branches of the trees.

My sister flew over to New York yesterday where she will be studying abroad for a few months for her fashion degree. She was all prepared for the extreme cold and wrapped up warm, but arrived to find that it wasn’t actually even that cold – she doesn’t even think it is cold enough for gloves! On another note, I really love seeing all those people on the news who are throwing boiling water for it to turn into snow – I know that the weather has caused deaths over there and I am not brushing over that fact, simply trying to see the best in the weather situation and to find some beauty in it.

Here is the link to the piece about how to make the bubbles freeze – I will definitely be trying this!