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(Telegraph)   Cornwall tourism chief irked by TV weather forecasters who are "obsessed with rain" and revel in downpours, inadvertently reducing popularity of cycling tours of Cornwall   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 28
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2012-07-16 09:39:56 PM  
So the tomato is self-ejecting?
 
2012-07-16 11:51:15 PM  
Meterologists get a sparkle in their eye anytime they see severe weather on the radar. And the guy who does the traffic report gets giddy when a car bursts into flames. It's why they went into the profession. But don't get mad at the weather girl just because Cornwall has a climate on par with Seattle.
 
2012-07-17 12:04:03 AM  
Cornwall is a game you play with beanbags and beer.

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2012-07-17 12:05:06 AM  

Rusty Shackleford: So the tomato is self-ejecting?


Now I have that tune running through my head. You know the one. It gets interrupted every few seconds with a crash and a diary entry.
 
2012-07-17 01:06:52 AM  
The pump caught in my trouser leg, and my sandwiches were badly crushed.
 
2012-07-17 01:13:10 AM  
 
2012-07-17 01:19:17 AM  
Go for the pasties, stay for the.......pasties
 
2012-07-17 02:25:41 AM  
"It is the throwaway lines by presenters that are making a bad situation far worse and I ask the industry, where justified, to contact the TV programme directors each time a flippant comment is made to remind them they are there to deliver accurate and professional forecasts and not try and be stand-up comics at our expense, let alone turn a drama into a crisis."

the forecast is in: there's sand in your vagina
 
2012-07-17 03:21:59 AM  
I blame God.
 
2012-07-17 04:19:37 AM  
To be fair, it has done nothing *but* rain here for the entire summer.

Having lived in both places, the difference between the two is that in Seattle when it rains it rains for two weeks. It can be sunny in Cornwall at 10am, torrential rain by 12, hail by 2 and back to baking hot sun by 4. It's the changeability that keeps us on our toes here.
 
2012-07-17 05:55:12 AM  
I just had a chat with your Dad.
 
2012-07-17 06:59:45 AM  
I can assure the head of Visit Cornwall that the rain is far from the only thing discouraging me from visiting Cornwall.
 
2012-07-17 07:07:41 AM  
What do you keep your hard boiled eggs in?
 
2012-07-17 07:20:26 AM  
HOWSY HOWSY!

BINGO! BINGO!
 
2012-07-17 07:26:12 AM  
No, Dear, *THIS* is the Fark thread. You're still in the cell.
 
2012-07-17 07:27:42 AM  
Mr Bell claims the gloomy forecasting is contributing to a 15 per cent drop in visitors to some seaside resorts this year.

Try again
1) Most bookings take place long time ago.
2) The Euro is weaker against the pound than it was last year
3) The Olympics has a damaging effect on ALL foreign tourism. People primarily come here to see London, then go off to see other places. They won't come here just to see Bath and Stratford.
 
2012-07-17 07:42:33 AM  

King Keepo: To be fair, it has done nothing *but* rain here for the entire summer.

Having lived in both places, the difference between the two is that in Seattle when it rains it rains for two weeks. It can be sunny in Cornwall at 10am, torrential rain by 12, hail by 2 and back to baking hot sun by 4. It's the changeability that keeps us on our toes here.


That's because places like Seatle have a "climate" while Cornwalls (and the rest of the UK) has "weather" :-)

I love not knowing what the fark the weather is going to do, keeps me on my toes.
 
2012-07-17 08:27:15 AM  
Thrown into Russian cell. Severely damaged my Mars Bar.
 
2012-07-17 08:44:48 AM  

King Keepo: To be fair, it has done nothing *but* rain here for the entire summer.


Yeah, I think the related links sums it up quite nicely.

Flood warnings in place as further heavy rainfall forecast - 14 Jul 2012
Britain braced for further flooding with more downpours on the way - 09 Jul 2012
Highest flood warning for South West as downpour continues - 06 Jul 2012
Drowning in rainy day blues - 06 Jul 2012
MFEST cancelled due to the weather - 06 Jul 2012
A month of rain to fall as more floods expected - 04 Jul 2012
Severe weather warning for Britain as month's rain expected in 48 hours - 04 Jul 2012
Wales sinks into Atlantic after heavy flooding - 18 July 2012


I know people have a vision of Britain as wet n' windy, grey n' miserable but my god I've never known a year as bad as this one. It's sunny now, but there are still signs of rain clouds floating around, threatening to coalesce and ruin another day.
 
2012-07-17 08:47:43 AM  

Slaxl: I know people have a vision of Britain as wet n' windy, grey n' miserable but my god I've never known a year as bad as this one. It's sunny now, but there are still signs of rain clouds floating around, threatening to coalesce and ruin another day.


Get that sh*t under control. My wife and kids are coming over next week!
 
2012-07-17 10:16:17 AM  
Speaking of Cornwall, perhaps someone can explain something to me. I was watching that movie, Tristan and Isolde about a Cornish guy and an Irish princess who is married to the local Cornish king for diplomatic reasons. Now the absurd plot device that one could see the other land's coast from his own shoreline aside, what confused me is that all of the English (Cornish and otherwise) were speaking in accents reasonably close to modern received pronunciation (i.e., speaking non-rhotically). The damn story takes place at the turn of the prior millenium, before the great R-drop -- and Cornwall is still rhotic to this day. Why the hell do English period pieces always use non-rhotic accents?

/ for the unenlightened, "rhotic" and "non-rhotic" refer to whether or not one pronounces an R at the end of a syllable.
 
2012-07-17 10:45:10 AM  
The news reports when planes crash. Not when they take off.
 
2012-07-17 10:55:04 AM  
What a stroke of luck, my Crunch bar was intact.
 
2012-07-17 11:15:48 AM  

Slaxl: ...

I know people have a vision of Britain as wet n' windy, grey n' miserable but my god I've never known a year as bad as this one. It's sunny now, but there are still signs of rain clouds floating around, threatening to coalesce and ruin another day.


No shiat. If this keeps up I'm expecting rickets to make a big comeback.
 
2012-07-17 11:46:49 AM  

HopScotchNSoda: Speaking of Cornwall, perhaps someone can explain something to me. I was watching that movie, Tristan and Isolde about a Cornish guy and an Irish princess who is married to the local Cornish king for diplomatic reasons. Now the absurd plot device that one could see the other land's coast from his own shoreline aside, what confused me is that all of the English (Cornish and otherwise) were speaking in accents reasonably close to modern received pronunciation (i.e., speaking non-rhotically). The damn story takes place at the turn of the prior millenium, before the great R-drop -- and Cornwall is still rhotic to this day. Why the hell do English period pieces always use non-rhotic accents?


As it was directed by the same director as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves that had accents from California, Canada, London, Thames Estuary, Yorkshire, Scotland and Bristol, I think you might have wanted to rein in your expectations.
 
2012-07-17 01:02:00 PM  

farkeruk: As it was directed by the same director as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves that had accents from California, Canada, London, Thames Estuary, Yorkshire, Scotland and Bristol, I think you might have wanted to rein in your expectations.


OK, but my overall query remains: Why do characters in English period pieces always speak in non-rhotic accents even though the R-drop only occurred in the past couple hundred years? They'll strive for period costumes, props, verbiage, inter alia, but refuse to use Rs at the end of syllables.
 
2012-07-17 09:22:44 PM  

HopScotchNSoda: farkeruk: As it was directed by the same director as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves that had accents from California, Canada, London, Thames Estuary, Yorkshire, Scotland and Bristol, I think you might have wanted to rein in your expectations.

OK, but my overall query remains: Why do characters in English period pieces always speak in non-rhotic accents even though the R-drop only occurred in the past couple hundred years? They'll strive for period costumes, props, verbiage, inter alia, but refuse to use Rs at the end of syllables.


Because an infinitesimal number of audience members notice the difference.

Fun fact regarding the other "period-correct" aspects of film - no matter how carefully they fret the historic details, makeup and hair are always contemporary with the movie release.

It really makes watching old period pieces more fun.
 
2012-07-17 09:55:10 PM  

jaytkay: Because an infinitesimal number of audience members notice the difference.

Fun fact regarding the other "period-correct" aspects of film - no matter how carefully they fret the historic details, makeup and hair are always contemporary with the movie release.
It really makes watching old period pieces more fun.



People know the difference between "Yes, Sih, Mahk's a bastahd," and "Yes, Sir, Mark's a bastard."

Yes, the hair thing is something I first learned from commentary to Doctor Zhivago about 11 years ago (note Julie Christie's patently obviously dated hair). It's not usually intentional. The hair stylists do it unconsciously.
 
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