Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hot hot heat

It's 6:11am. Had quite a good night's sleep actually, despite the heat of London. Feeling quite calm and zen-like.

Government has issued a warm weather warning. Do they usually? Is this new? Like Coke Zero? Is it a good thing or is it simply patronising? Um, the warning not the new bloke Coke brand. If I hadn't heard the warning I would still have stayed out of the direct sun and taken a bottle of water on the tube with me.

Since the last time I blogged I have been to Athens for a conference on Disability and Mass Media. It was interesting. Without sounding patronising they are a little behind where we are in the UK. It was hot there too by the way.

Went to see Avenue Q a couple of weeks ago. It's a musical at the Noel Coward Theatre off Leicester Square. An adult version of Sesame Street, it has songs in it such as The Internet is for porn and Everyone's a little bit racist. You can see the first song on the youtube site if you do the right searches. If you have watched Sesame Street, loved it or hated it, you'll like this. It features humans and puppets on stage: Kate Monster, Christmas Eve, Rod, Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Princeton, Lucy and others. I recommend it. Go. Concession ticket was about a tenner. We have friends who are going back a second time.

So, should I get up and get ready and go into work early in the cool early morning breeze before the heat of the day? Or should I slob around a bit first. I think maybe I'll do the erly thing.

I hope everyone reading this has listened to the latest Ouch Podcast? It's the best yet.


aendr said...

In reply to your questions, it's a newish thing between the Met Office, Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly. Link to Met Office Heat-Health page.
There's other health forecasts too, like for COPD, (though not yet available generally). It seems to work pretty well because the hospitals, clinics etc can be on the alert for specific issues, and vulnerable groups of people can be alerted and avoid exacerbating their condition. With the general one, it should hopefully reduce deaths and illness due to heatstroke. It's patronising to those who realise the risks, but I think it's worth being patronised if someone who didn't realise takes better care. I was more startled by the London Underground advice about water etc on the tannoys when I visited last month, that didn't happen when I lived in London in the late 90s. Good idea though I thought.

Yup, I've listened to the podcast (before you fixed the link even :-) and I think last time's was better.

BloggingMone said...

How are chances for the podcast to be continued after September?

Katie said...

Glad you had a good time in Athens even though they are behind with disability awareness. You must have shbown them the way forward though and Ouch must be in their minds now for weeks!

The latest Podcast is excellent Damon, you have excelled yourself with more great disability humour in it than ever before!

Isn't Lawrence Clark a nice guy though and someone with great attitude.

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I was wondering that to! Hope you're okay Damon! Come back, Mr Ouch editor, we're missing you on the blogosphere!

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