An unusual week especially weather wise.
I suppose living in the UK having odd weather is more usual than unusual but hearing news of floods in the north and the south of the country whilst still feeling cold in a grey June in London, does raise the question of whether the weather is changing because of mankind's increasing activities around the planet?
Leaving for a post lunchtime walk around the Common today it poured with rain shortly after I had started yet was sunny and hot by the finish. Usually at this time with Wimbledon Tennis starting tomorrow the Wimbledon Village fair is heaving with people yet today they were packing up in the damp before 4pm.
Still the jury is still out for me anyway as to whether major weather changes have already been caused by man's increasing numbers and activities. The weather forecast for the next few days seems positive so the tennis should be fine especially with the Centre Court now having a roof which can close the tennis players and crowd off from inclement weather rather than as happened for years, with officials simply suspending play until the rain stops.
By chance I bumped into Father Michael on my walk. He is recovering from operations geared to facilitate his having dialyses following kidney failures. I understand that he has to attend hospital three times weekly for hours of blood dialyses which must be really tiring and frustrating for him and anyone else affected by kidney failures. His attitude was really impressive though not unreal and obviously the downside is large. I hope that when he is permitted once more to have a transplant a suitable donor kidney will found for him really quickly - a great burden for a great man.
Football is proving another unusual factor for England football supporters this week. What with Rooney being suspended from play for the first two matches and the team's new manager having to field so many players so new to the team, I had thought that we would be knocked out early on yet here we still are.
Politically I note that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the Germany v Greece match and enjoyed seeing her team beat the Greeks whereas David Cameron who apparently likes football, is staying away from tonight's game with the Italians, in political protest of some kind against Ukraine. My guess is that if England progress beyond tonight's game with Italy, David Cameron's enjoyment of a game of football will trump his political criticism of the Ukraine so he will attend the next match with his good friend Angela Merkel as England would then I think be playing Germany.
The Spanish having beaten the French our neighbour Hosea is in 7th heaven.
Come on England!