Saturday March 24th 2012 Tim
wish the cold spell would come, do whatever it has to do and then go
away. This waiting around, peeping at the short trousers,
wondering whether they have been through the washing cycle since last
time they were worn, grates the nerves and puts a person completely off
stride. Then there is this preposterous argument that chases an idea
that there might not be another frost until October or November.
In April of 1815 Mount
Tambora erupted. It was the fourth in a series of volcanic eruptions
around the world that caused "The year Without Summer." On July fifth
1816 there are reports of frost in Kentucky. It was 1816 that saw
famine in North Eastern USA and Western Europe. And it has been argued, that
this famine lead Karl Drias to consider the Velocipede, as a means to mechanize
personal transport and do away with the horse. And it was in 1816, while on summer holiday in rain soaked Switzerland, Mary
Shelly wrote Frankenstein.