Sunday, May 24, 2009

Peace and Duels in Battersea

This is a long weekend, with tomorrow a public holiday, or as its known here, a Bank Holiday. While the official explanation relates to the closing of banks, and the historical story relates to need to get some cricket practice, the modern reality is one of rained out bbqs.

The urban legend is that if its a long weekend then it will inevitably rain, and there is some scientific support for this. The heat and pollutants from business can influence the weather, causing a statistically significant increase in wet days.

However this weekend so far has been rather blissful, with blue skies, warm airs, radiant sun, and mellow evenings. So today was in Battersea Park having a picnic in sight of the Peace Pagoda (above). Rather ironic, given that Battersea Park was once known as a dueling ground, including the memorable show down between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea.

Tomorrow we expect that normal service will be resumed, with a cold wet front approaching.

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