Glances #1

“Storm Emma!” Andrew cried. “Who names a storm ‘Emma’? In the Nineteenth century it was novels and now it’s weather fronts!” He slammed the magazine on the table and turned on the television. I wasn’t sure if He was speaking to me or not.

Andrew’s ire may have been misplaced, but he had a point. Why do meteorologists anthropomorphise storms in this manner? Is the implication that humans are just as destructive as storms? I am sure we could identify them some other way—any inanimate noun would do the trick, even ice-cream flavours would provide ironic comedy.

“Cookies and Cream has caused unparalleled destruction on the East coast, with thousands of people having to be evacuated from their homes…”

Perhaps not.

44 thoughts on “Glances #1”

    1. Thank you. You are so very kind. That means an awful lot. I am a little lost for words 🙂 I actually think it is more that my brain is a little bit broken and I see the world a little askew XD but when I write it, people seem to understand.

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    1. In England and America (and perhaps elsewhere), they name storms with human names. I think Andrew was trying to explain how arbitrary this naming was, why should ‘Emma’ be blamed more for all the destruction and death. Why not call it after something equally as arbitrary but non-human such as an ice-cream flavour. Perhaps the use of human nameshas the undertone that humans may be as destructive to the world as the weather can be. Some people might not like this.

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    1. Nothing is wrong with Emma 🙂 It was the name of a storm a little while ago, a particularly bad one in England. It just seems mean to blame ‘Emma’ 🙂

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      1. Don’t like the peppermint, eh? How about spearmint? Peppermint isn’t always the best, I admit, but it does settle my stomach.

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      2. Spearmint I can quite happily enjoy, but I have never tried a spearmint tea. I wonder if I would like it? Have you tried a spearmint tea?

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      3. I have – and it was amazing. I also make my own by putting a spearming Starlight Mint in my green tea… though that’s not quite the same.

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      4. You are so creative with your tea. I never thought to do something like that. I suppose next on my list should be spearmint tea! If you recommend it, I am sure I will love it. If I do, I may have no choice but to promote you to Grand Tea-Master Extraordinaire!

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      5. That would be very sweet of you.
        Yes, I even put a honey lemon cough drop into green tea… the menthol makes vapors when I hold the cup up to my lips, and then soothes my throat when I drink the tea.

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      6. You are too creative for words. That’s done it, you have to be renamed the Grand Tea-Master Extraordinaire! It is done. You have been knighted by the English gal XD

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      7. Thank you so much!
        I feel so honored and privileged to know you and be your friend and subject. I will serve you well, my lovely President!
        I’m also a Tinfoil Knight for Lemons!

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      8. Lime-ist! Perhaps I am!

        Our mutual admiration grows by leaps and bounds. I’m happy for this society, my lovely President!

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      9. Now you have me blushing 🙂 🙂 🙂 Let us have some rose tea to hide my blushes in beautiful rose-y goodness. Did you ever manage to get hold of the Whittingham’s tea site? I don’t know if it is just an English site. You know how the British need their brews XD

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      10. I am glad you found it, this is almost the same. You can get pure rose tea without any of the green tea, loose leaf, but perhaps it is only available in England.

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      11. I need to. Maybe I can find something in a store around here. There used to be a British store a couple of towns over. Maybe it’s still there?

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      12. Perhaps. It is only generally available at the Whittinghams tea stores. Last time I got some I had to go to Stratford.

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    1. Many thanks Anushka! It always means so much to be nominated. I look forward to completing it. It will have to wait until I get back from my travels though, if that is okay, which will be mid-August. I will not have internet most of the time when I am away as I will be in some very remote places.

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