Where did it all go wrong for…the weather?

first_imgRemember the last two weeks of April? Remember the cricket, the punting, and the blissful sunshine spilling out all over the quads? Remember the Met Office blithely telling us that it was the driest April since records began in 1659? Flash-forward to May, the only one of the summer months that falls entirely in Full Term, and gaze disconsolately over a stunning vista of grey on grey. That is, if you can see it at all through the driving rain and forbidding clouds. The only people more miserable than the punters, picnickers and cricketers, are the global warming theorists. Where did it all go wrong, indeed? There is, of course, an interesting point to be made here about how our expectations change. A British summer is the worst kind of oxymoron – the type that provokes wry laughter from foreigners and indeed, most natives. Whole years drifting by without a real cause for short sleeves haven’t exactly been unheard of. I think it’s only been the last couple of years when we’ve not only had real hot weather, but a lot of it. So rather than dropping everything and rushing out at the first rays of sun, we’ve gone steadily on in libraries and workplaces, safe in the knowledge that it will still be there at the end of the day. And that’s why, I suppose, people have been stomping around the streets of Oxford taking the rain as a very personal insult. “How dare you be raining?”, we ask the sky. Never mind that it’s early May in Britain, where’s the sun? This is perhaps compounded by the fact that the clothes people choose to wear always seem to depend on yesterday’s weather, rather than today’s. If it was sunny yesterday, people will be wearing T-shirts and shorts, cotton skirts and flip-flops, in scant disregard of the puddles. It always seems to take a couple of days before it really sinks into the collective consciousness that wellies are the way to go. It’s hard to be Little Miss Sunshine when you’re wearing a miniskirt while it’s five degrees.And, of course, Oxford is so very nice in the summer time. There are the traditional pursuits, already mentioned, of cricket, eating strawberries and cream and messing about on the river. But the simple, day-to-day course of life is also immeasurably better. It’s all in the details: the scent of flowers after dark, the intense colour of the sky, cobblestones baking in the sunshine warming your feet. It’s an old cliché, but it’s true, everyone really is much more cheerful. Total strangers smile at you and hold doors open. Even the people drifting past in sub fusc seem a tiny bit more serene. The only real disadvantage is that hot weather brings the tourists out en masse – hands up who’s had to dodge a Japanese-language tour taking up most of Broad Street – but it’s perhaps not too steep a price to pay for the glorious weather. Still, there are probably wonderful things to be said about rain, although it must be said that right at this moment I am at a loss beyond the decidedly Aristotelian “it makes the plants grow”. Perhaps there is some moody poetic beauty about the dreaming spires seen through a blurring mask of rain. Still, I’m not convinced. Any beauty there is palls after ten solid days of thick grey clouds and endless downpour. There’s only so far you can go to wring literary significance out of stormy weather. Ultimately, it all comes down to the decidedly unromantic feel of rainwater down your neck, cars whooshing past through six inches of dirty water, and a sudden need for paracetamol and cough syrup. In short, there’s nothing like rain for making everybody miserable.So I shall hurry to look on the bright side – no pun intended – and remind us all that it might just be improving. No longer must I run down Holywell Street with the Cambridge New History of India on my head because the heavens are opening in cacophonous fashion above. It’s been a gradual process. At the beginning of the week, the sun came out for twenty whole minutes and rumour has it that there were people seen engaging in sporting activity. Later on, this was followed by whole days of sun, and again, a renewed hope that maybe this time we could trust it would stay. I’m particularly enjoying the nights, at the moment. The heat of the day lingers, becomes deliciously cool and still, and it’s a joy to sit outside reading or having a picnic. Let’s hope that it stays, if not for good, or even long enough to develop an even tan, but long enough to dry out my umbrella and eat ice-cream without excessive need for self-justification. And, of course, long enough for the general mood of soporific misery to leave the city with the fog.But perhaps I have been a little too scathing about the rain. If we pause to consider the even brighter side, fifty years from now, whilst we all roll in battered wheelchairs across the dried, arid sands of the Greater South-eastern Deserts of England and Wales, watching salamanders loll in the baking sun, we can look back to the good old days at Oxford, when temperatures were not hot enough to melt lead, and occasionally, water even fell from the sky. Take your comfort where you can find it is the moral of the story, I guess. More importantly, take an umbrella, and sing in the rain while it lasts.Iona Sharmalast_img read more

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Eaves readies for trip to Bemidji State

first_imgWisconsin’ Landon Peterson received praise from head coach Mike Eaves for his performance last weekend. He made 22 saves and allowed two goals in Saturday’s game against Denver.[/media-credit]The last time Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves visited Bemidji State, he was coach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.The locker room at Bemidji was so small he had to split up his team into groups and address each separately prior to the game.“It was the old barn,” Eaves said in his Monday press conference. “It was beat up; it was a home-court advantage.”This time around should be a bit more comfortable for Eaves, as Bemidji State opened a new arena in 2010. However, Bemidji will still look to capitalize on home ice (where the Beavers have posted an 11-4-1 record this season) with the crowd planning a “white-out weekend” against the Badgers.The Badgers (13-15-2 overall, 8-14-2 WCHA) are positioned to tie for 10th place in the WCHA and are three points behind Bemidji State. With two wins this weekend, the Badgers could overtake the Beavers for ninth place in the conference standings. But with only four more games remaining in the season, the Badgers are readying for playoff hockey.“The way we played, I think the guys have a real sense of where we need to go,” Eaves said. “It’s just all about being playoff-ready.”Looking to build upon last Saturday’s 5-2 win over 10th ranked Denver, the Badgers are making a final push to polish their game and end the season strongly. After losing five straight games before Saturday night (the longest losing streak of the season), Eaves stressed that the Badgers’ level of play needs to be indicative of Saturday’s effort.“You know, we just need to play like we played on Saturday,” Eaves said. “Small sheet, big sheet, I don’t think that is really relevant anymore.”Nonetheless, Wisconsin has not won a road game since Jan. 13, perhaps indicative of the lack of experience on the team. The Badgers only have one senior on the roster in defenseman Eric Springer to go along with one road victory on the entire season.If the Badgers want to win a game come playoff time, it will have to come on the road because at this point they cannot obtain home ice during the playoffs. Eaves remains optimistic about his youthful group, however, and hopes to gain Wisconsin’s second and third road wins this weekend.“I look forward to it,” Eaves said. “I know they play well at home.”According to Eaves, freshman goaltender Landon Peterson played well in the victory against Denver. Heading into the playoffs, the Badgers will likely need similar contributions from underclassmen to overcome their inexperience. Eaves was also proud of the way Peterson commanded the game throughout.“I’m glad he got the win,” Eaves said. “He’s played pretty well for us this year. He had good command of the net, he challenged the puck, [he was] very authoritative. … He did a nice job; it was nice that he got the win.”Although it will be quite a while before the Badger faithful can watch the men’s hockey team at the Kohl Center again, Badger fans can look forward to the newly named “Bob Johnson Rink.” The rink was named in honor of Hockey Hall of Famer and former Wisconsin head coach Bob Johnson, who played hockey at UW and later coached the Badgers to three NCAA championships. He also coached in the NHL and led the U.S. in international competitions, most notably the 1976 Olympics.Eaves remarked he was very excited about the naming of the rink and noted Johnson was integral to the development and success of the Wisconsin hockey program today.“What pops out in my mind the most was his passion and enthusiasm for the game,” Eaves said. “His passion was exactly what was needed in this city to get it going. … He was the perfect guy because of his energy and his passion for the game.”last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Ateneo dooms UST in 5 sets to clinch Final Four spot

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