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Tuesday, 23 July 2013


The English summer is defined as two hot days and a thunder storm.   Well, this year it is more like two hot weeks and a thunder storm.   Today was the thunder storm.

Have a look at the video in
which shows lightning striking Manchester Piccadilly Station.   Sound on - headphones ideally.   Wait for the bang.   I do not think anybody was hurt but it caused train chaos because of the disruption of signalling equipment.   Signal equipment was disrupted over the Settle-Carlisle line too, with most trains seriously delayed today.

The thunder did not deter us from putting up our metal flag poles and flags to celebrate the Royal birth.   We take comfort, perhaps unjustified, from the earthing effect of three massive cast iron water pipes.   If we get hit the whole of Settle will jump.

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