A few pictures from around Otley, West Yorkshire on a snowy day in December 2008.
John Naughton has created a great post outlining the development of the recession in Google Trends. My suspicion is that Google Trends will also show the upturn before anything else too. I wonder which searches will be diagnostic of the upturn?
I personally think the doom & gloom is being overplayed at the moment, every bit as much as the euphoria overshot during the boom years. Things certainly are going to be different for a while, but I don’t think we’re all going to go back to depression era levels of unemployment and the social deprevation associated with it. Whilst the various world wide responses to the crisis haven’t been great, they’ve been a whole lot better than the response during the great depression.
It was uncanny yesterday. I entered the office in summer and when I left to go buy an espresso mid-morning the air had changed to an early autumn chill. The nice summer smell had gone too, replaced by a fresher autumn bite. Oh well, that’s summer 2008 gone. Not a classic by any means. And I’ve got my 50 miles sponsored cycle ride to do this Sunday too. That’ll be nice in the wind and rain that is currently being forecast.
So that’s where I’ve been going wrong all of these years … if only I’d known this earlier I’d currently be sunning myself on a beach in the Bahamas.
Had a really gross moment last night. I was busy pouring my evening cup of tea (organic rooibos) when what should appear in my cup but a nice big fat juicy slug. How the slug managed to get into my kettle I do not know given that there aren’t any obvious ways in (the spout has a filter over it.) Annie just told me that slug slime is supposed to be used for anti-ageing products so maybe I’ll get a nice youthful complexion out of the whole thing.