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Chengdu Saturday

What’s the deal with the weather?
In the past five weeks (or possibly even longer ago than that), there has been only one Saturday I can recall when the weather wasn’t rubbish. That was last Saturday. But to make up for it, this Saturday has been utter shite. It started raining last night and was prolonged enough and heavy enough to cause surface flooding. It was no more pleasant this morning and although the rain has stopped, it’s cool enough to warrant a scarf.
You might think that blogging about the weather is fairly desperate [It is. –ed.], but I’m noting a meteorological phenomenon. In the future, a string of rainy Saturdays will be known as the Chengdu Saturday Effect. For my discovery, I’ll be cited in all the best journals of meteorology and feted at annual gatherings of meteorologists. [And does the so-called Chengdu Saturday Effect include inane, lunatic ramblings? –ed.]
If the weather looks like it’s going to remain dry this afternoon, I might go in search of Alatriste again. [20.08.14. A big mistake. The film was awful.]

Snow in Sichuan

Settle down.

As you can see from the pictures, last night’s snow actually settled, although it was little more than a dusting. I had a phone call from Linda this morning asking me to come to school and take some photos of her and Rose. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, the snow on the running track had vanished and was rapidly disappearing elsewhere. It hasn’t completely vanished. As I was coming home from Zoe’s this evening, I spotted a snowman that someone had made on top of one of the cars back along the street.

A dusting of snow Rose and Linda cavorting in the snow

Teaching should be done at room temperature

Report finds frozen children ‘less excitable’.

Well, it turns out that the lack of heating in our classrooms is policy. I should remind viewers that our students’ parents pay extra for them to be in our classes. I should also remind viewers that Chinese high schools are pay-per-view anyway. Are parents paying for their single offspring to be frozen? Where’s all the money from their school fees gone?

Update: The heating was on in our classrooms this afternoon. Don’t know where the impetus for that came from, though, but it was nice to be warm in class again.

There are worse stories. We’ve heard that one school has no heating. This is because there’s no central heating south of the Yangzi River, the belief apparently being that it’s never cold enough to need it. Perversely enough, I’m south of the Mediterranean Sea (as I think I’ve noted before), but I’m sure north Africa is warmer than this place.

The fog

Cutting it with a knife.

I’m not sure whether it’s a long time since I’ve seen fog this thick, or whether I’ve never actually seen fog this thick. The visibility is down to about 5m at best.

[19.06.13. I well remember this, and crossing the road to the school with some trep­id­ation because the cars and trucks didn’t seem to be slowing down or turning their lights on. Again, how were people not splattered all over the road?]