Tuesday, 23 September 2008

G = Gales

It’s blowing a gale outside today. It is the equinox, and the temperature difference between the tropics and polar regions is at its peak at this time of year. This difference drives the Roaring Forties winds in our latitude. The gales arrived right on schedule last night.

There is a parade today celebrating Wellington’s win over Auckland to take the coveted Ranfurly Shield for the first time in 27 years. Gale force winds won’t stop that from going ahead. Gale force winds don’t stop a lot in this windy city, except for long hair styles and wrap-around skirts.


  1. Is kite-flying a popular Wellingtonian (?) pastime?

  2. the Ranfurly Shield ... I have no idea what it is, but what a name! belongs in a D & D game ...

  3. Well, those last couple of lines are a found poem.

  4. John Muir (who founded the Sierra Club) liked to climb trees during gales and thunderstorms. Crazy Scot.

  5. H: Ummm no. Though wind-surfing and kite-boarding are. Softer landing perhaps?

    L: Also known as the "Log o' Wood." Here's a photo http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4700524a1823.html

    IB: First time ever!

    Mrs S: Why thank you.

    D: Gale Rule No.1 Never park your car under a tree. Climbing it? ... crazy!


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