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Wet Wet Wet!Back

With the fabulous British summer living up to its reputation of being wet and miserable, many different events all around the UK have cancelled. With over a month’s rain falling in the space of a few days many houses have been left flooded, roads have been closed and events cancelled due to the terrible weather.

Many of the events that rely on the weather have been cancelled due to record amounts of rain.; One of these events was the event, “The Hit Factory” put together by Music mogul Pete Waterman, and was to host the first collaboration between Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue for 23 years. The Hit Factory was to be held in Hyde Park, which is notorious for flooding because of the the car park which is situated beneath the grounds. This problem is usually rectified with wood chippings that absorb the excess water and allow for a much less squelchy occasion. However the closing of the M4 ensured the delivery of the chippings was delayed, meaning the event had to be cancelled.

The Great Yorkshire show has also been cancelled due to bad weather. This event has never cancelled over the 154 years that it has been running. The GYS involves traders in the farming industry exhibiting some of their finest produce and livestock who are set to lose thousands as a result of the cancellation. Some of the exhibitors feel that the show should have been cancelled much earlier as to save money. Last year the GYS had over 135,000 visitors on the first day!

In Britain there is a well-trodden if a little soggy path in our relationship with the weather, whether it be snow or heavy rain, we rarely seem to get it right. When we are hit by snow storms we often find that roads and schools all close. However, when looking at Germany, a country with a very similar climate they seem to cope. But maybe it’s just the unpredictability of our weather that makes for headlines. For example, Scandinavian countries change to winter tyres after a certain date; this would make driving in the bad conditions much easier. However the weather in these countries is fairly regular and they can even predict what week they are going to be hit by snow.

Perhaps we just need to accept that whether we’re motorway cruising in a BMW 3 series or on the school run in a Honda CRV or Vauxhall Astra if the weather has something else on its mind we have to adapt to road conditions and take care.

In the meantime we’re giving some thought to what you can do if the weather’s poor and the transport infrastructure brought to its knees. Thank heavens we haven’t the world’s biggest sporting festival a couple of weeks away…

On the bright side at least the weather has stopped us talking about the Euro crisis for a few days!

Posted by Paul Carpenter on 11/07/2012