Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why I love the British weather

Typical British Weather

I hate many things in life. I hate it when I’m in the middle of a really important phone call and I run out of credit. I hate it when my train is cancelled and I have to stand on a freezing platform for what seems like years before the next train. I hate it when there is nothing on TV apart from repeats of Top Gear on Dave that I’ve seen millions of times before. But, unlike most of the British population, one thing that I don’t hate is the weather. I think that the British weather is one of the most important things that make Britain what it is.

The weather makes a brilliant conversation starter if you can’t think of anything else to say in order to break the ice, it creates the beautiful and diverse countryside found in Britain, from the breathtaking mountains and valleys in the Lake District to the stunning rolling hills of the South Downs. The weather may be annoying when you’re not used to it, but after nearly sixteen years of living in this country I think I’m almost used to it. I don’t think that anyone can be completely used to the British weather; it is far too unpredictable, far too chaotic for anyone to be completely prepared for everything it throws at you. From freezing winters to boiling summers and from gentle atmospheric disturbances to strong gales and even a hurricane, Great Britain has one of the most unpredictable weather systems in the world. And that is why I love it so much. I can wake up every morning and look out to different conditions every time. Very rarely have I ever seen the same weather conditions outside more than twice in a row. This makes my life a little bit more exciting: unlike in other places where the weather is almost exactly the same everyday, here I have to stay on my toes and adjust regularly. It livens up anyone’s boring Monday afternoon by turning a miserable, wet morning into a beautiful sunny evening.

So yes, apart from the occasional downpour you find yourself caught in without an umbrella and the snow, which for some reason destroys anyone’s chances from going anywhere no matter how light, I do love the British weather because of what it is. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but for me it is perfect.


The Apprentice

Yes I know that this is my second post in less than a day, but I feel that it is necessary to at least mention the apprentice today as it is the final. For anyone who doesn’t know, the apprentice is a British TV show in which Lord Alan Sugar looks for a new business partner by splitting sixteen candidates into two teams and competing head to head in a series of tasks to test their abilities in business (For more information and to watch some of the episodes, click here). After eleven weeks, only four candidates remain: Jim, Tom, Helen and Susan. I really want Tom to win because he is so different compared to the usual Apprentice stereotypes who are very harsh and will do nearly anything to win, even if it means becoming enemies with almost everyone. He is the only person on the apprentice that I have actually wanted to meet because of his attitude towards business. My least favourite candidate to win is definitely Susan because she is so annoying. Among a lot of other things, the thing that I hate the most about her is the way that whenever someone says that something she does is bad, she just replies that “this is so unfair!”

I’m really looking forward to this evening’s episode because we get to see everyone’s lies and exuberant comments on their CVs and I hope that some are as hilarious as last year’s Stuart “The Brand” Baggs, although I doubt that will happen.

Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read this and please comment below to tell me who you want to (and who you would hate to) see getting hired.

UPDATE: :o Tom won! It’s a “win for the geeks and nerds of the world!”

Hello World!

Hello and welcome to my new blog. I have decided to start writing this blog because I have recently finished writing my GCSEs and I am now about three weeks into my extended eight week summer holidays and so I am becoming quite bored because the novelty of having a very long holiday is quickly wearing off. I have spent the last week sailing around the Solent (that stretch of water between Southampton and the Isle of Wight) in a 37ft long yacht with my school. The week before that I went on my first week of work experience at an engineering firm called Arup in central London.

Anyway, that’s enough about my past. I aim to update this blog as often as I possibly can but unfortunately for you, the reader, I lead a relatively busy life so I might not be able to upload new content as often as I would like. I am going to Cornwall in a few weeks time and then I’m going hill walking in the Lake District with the scout troop that I belong to (25th Camberwell, Dulwich College Scouts if you’re interested). After that I go back to school on 1st September as a year 12 and work hard in my first year of A-levels which will be maths, physics, chemistry and geography. However, that’s still over a month away and I try not to think about that too much because I am trying to enjoy my time away from school as much as possible.

So that is a very quick overview of my life and hopefully I will be uploading some new content soon. Thank you to anybody who has taken the time to read this and please leave any comments below.