Then And Now

I spoke a couple of days back about how England’s Green & Pleasant has turned into Brown & Hellish (and no, I’m not talking about their immigration problem, but their equally-problematic weather this year).

What many people seem to have forgotten is that earlier in the year Britain was gripped by an incredible winter storm — the so-called “Beast from the East” which practically froze the entire country solid.

So I invite you to go here and swipe the pictures right to left and vice-versa, just to make the comparison.  (I like the feature, by the way.)

And for the before & after pics of Britain’s recent heat wave, here.

(In case anyone’s wondering why today’s posts are kinda weak, let me remind y’all that it was Doc Russia’s birthday last Saturday and some merrimaking was involved. )


Party on, dudes.


  1. Hate to break it to those Brits, but 8 or 9 inches of snow ain’t nothing. Hell, when I lived in CO, I wouldn’t even consider a run up to my favorite snowboarding spot, Loveland, unless they had 10 inches of fresh. And my favorite time was when it was white out conditions riding up the lift.

    As for the Friday Furnace, try Lamesa just about any day from late May till mid Sept-it’s been around 105 and higher for weeks. Weird to live some where where you like it when it’s overcast.

  2. That episode of AbFab may be one of the best. At least a jewel in the crown. They’re all so good. I can still go back and die of laughter. I even named my favorite chicken “Eddie” in Edina’s honor. She was a Blue-laced Red Wyandotte, flashy and brash and very chest-forward.

    Eddie turned out to be a rooster, in the end. A coon got him. Oh well.

    One of those progression shots looks to be edited. Progressive filters applied to make the drying out and heat look worse and more damaging. I’m not arguing that heat isn’t happening or doesn’t take a toll. Just sayin’, the saturation and color values change, but the landscape, not so much.

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