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Last updated on June 10th, 2017 at 06:53 am

You want to wake up in a city that never sleeps? Try Sydney, the city that won’t let you sleep. Two days of house-rattling, pram-stealing storms are making everybody insane. Oh, I can cope with the horizontal rain and the impossibility of lighting a cigarette outdoors and the attempts to use an umbrella that turn into epic Matrix-like struggles against unseen forces too large and malevolent to be contained, but the noise … it’s like living in some on-location Hammer film shot on the grisly Yorkshire Moors.

The Day of Reckoning approaches. The wind tells me so.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/23/2005 at 10:49 AM
    1. “Heeeeathcliffe…!”
      “Dame Ednnnnnaaaaaa…!”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/23 at 10:56 AM • permalink


    1. Uh oh. I saw ‘The Last Wave.’ Tim had best avoid cyclopean underground temples built by antedeluvian races. For awhile, at least.

      Posted by BruceW on 03/23 at 12:15 PM • permalink


    1. And another URL that doesn’t work. The WWW, inaccessible through Tim’s site. Tim, I know Andrea will whip me for this post, but perhaps you could plead to her to remove this redirection feature on my behalf?

      Posted by berend on 03/23 at 03:35 PM • permalink


    1. The wind is called Sheila

      Posted by Toryhere2 on 03/23 at 04:12 PM • permalink


    1. See Tim, you non-believer, this is a sure sign of Global Cooling Warming Dimming, ahh…. Climate Change!

      I’ve lived in Sydney all my life and we’ve never had wind before. Well, maybe after a few cleansing ales.

      Posted by Gibbo on 03/23 at 04:30 PM • permalink


    1. The nocturnal lightning is the backdrop for your publicity shots. Please don’t waste it.

      Posted by underscore on 03/23 at 04:31 PM • permalink


    1. Toryhere2:
      They call the wind Maria.

      Posted by m on 03/23 at 05:00 PM • permalink


    1. “Uh oh. I saw ‘The Last Wave.’ Tim had best avoid cyclopean underground temples built by antedeluvian races. For awhile, at least.”

      That is the first movie I ever bought on videotape. I bought in in 1985 for US$84.00. I think I’ll watch it tonight…

      We had some of that weather in my part of the world too. Spring storms. I was late to work today because I have an aversion to walking around outside when it’s lightning and storming.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 03/23 at 06:01 PM • permalink


    1. Berend, I’ll see if I can fix the url. Stupid encoding.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 03/23 at 06:02 PM • permalink


    1. I wanna be a part of it,
      Sydney, NSW.

      You’re from Melbourne, aren’t you, Tim?

      An email two weeks ago from a friend who’s recently moved there from Sydney:

      I have no doubt that it is going to be cold in this house, it has carpet in all the bedrooms and lounge but it has high ceilings and the kitchen/dining area has linoleum and I am already wearing ugg boots and thick jumpers. I have no idea how to dress the girls at bedtime; if it is hot all day it doesn’t mean it is going to be warm at night. The girls have woken up in the morning freezing cold because I have dressed them in summer pyjamas and I have then had to put more clothes on them, it stays that way until the sun gets up halfway into the day and by that time you realize you have dressed really inappropriately and have to change again.  AND IF ONE MORE PERSON TELLS ME ABOUT FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY I WILL KILL THEM!

      Posted by David Morgan on 03/23 at 06:05 PM • permalink


    1. I fixed the url to the Telegraph story. Now you can read about the Terror Pram!

      David Morgan: you need to tell your friend about that wonderful cold-fighting method called Closing the Windows and Turning on the Heat. I’ve gotten all my friends here in Orlando, Florida to try it and they all swear it works.

      Oh what am I talking about. Ever since the use of air conditioning became widespread the majority of the population in Florida never open their windows; this adds to the deaths during Christmas from space-heater fires because the windows were jammed from being closed for years.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 03/23 at 06:12 PM • permalink


    1. Andrea: ‘the girls’ are aged 2 and 1. Having lived in Melbourne, I know the houses there all have pretty gas fires: perfect for little fingers.

      But the real problem with Melbourne is that ‘four seasons in one day’. It was the first place I’d ever seen the weather forecast ‘cloudy but fine’.

      Posted by David Morgan on 03/23 at 06:26 PM • permalink


    1. BTW what strange time zone is this site in? Somewhere between Nova Scotia & Newfoundland?

      Posted by David Morgan on 03/23 at 06:30 PM • permalink


    1. Yeah, in order to avoid nasty internet regulations, the server is operating from the bottom of the Atlantic.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 03/23 at 07:05 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll swap your rain for the 42 °C (107.6 °F) we endured here in Perth yesterday.

      Summer SUCKS! (That feels better.)

      Posted by BIWOZ on 03/23 at 07:13 PM • permalink


    1. Dave Morgan, stop whining will you.  Survival of the fittest and all that.  Even little girls soon learn what “hot” means.  If they have to lose a finger on the way, well, maybe they’re too stupid to live.

      Tim, Sydney suck whatever the weather.  It’s got to be the least friendly town in Oz.

      Solve Global warming – spread less bullshit around.

      Posted by ssssabre on 03/23 at 08:11 PM • permalink


    1. Sssssay whatever you like, ssssabre, but who needs to be friendly when you’re THE place to be?

      Anyway, I actually like Melbourne. It’s not SSSSydney, but manages not to be Hicksville.

      Posted by David Morgan on 03/23 at 08:37 PM • permalink


    1. M,

      This is an Australian wind, so I’ve decided to call it Sheila.

      Posted by Toryhere2 on 03/23 at 09:37 PM • permalink


    1. David Morgan: the server refuses to let me set the time to Australian time, I don’t know why. If I do that the latest posts disappear. I quit bothering about it because it was giving me a headache. If it really bothers you the blog is currently set to my time which is Eastern Time (ie, whatever it is in New York). So it looks like it’s still yesterday where you are; but it’s not. It’s whatever time it is. Clear?

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 03/23 at 09:44 PM • permalink


    1. Andrea: I’m OK with it being US Eastern Time, it’s just that it seems to be 15 minutes out. I’ve heard of time zones being 30 minutes out (eg Newfoundland and South Australia/Northern Territory) but that’s what I found weird.

      Posted by David Morgan on 03/23 at 10:45 PM • permalink


    1. Well that I don’t know. Maybe it’s Martian time or something.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 03/24 at 12:27 AM • permalink


    1. And you’re right! It’s fifteen minutes (+/-) fast. Weird.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 03/24 at 12:27 AM • permalink


    1. That’s us evil neocons.  Always ahead of the times.  How do you think Karl Rove keeps outsmarting the Democrats?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/24 at 10:01 AM • permalink


  1. When when when
    You go to Tim Blair’s blog
    Makes you say, O my Lawd
    What time does the message say
    I think it’s tomorrow but it says “yesterday”
    It’s odd, but we all know why
    Australian time makes the website die
    Just shrug, read, and type your thoughts
    And don’t try to be a troll or you’ll get caught

    (You can’t post this!)

    Stop!  Harris time!

    Posted by Nightfly on 03/24 at 11:03 AM • permalink