Thursday, 25 April 2013
3.10 pm: the quivering light and warmth cry out for touch, but your blurred, sweaty hands recoil in shock, touch nothing.
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013
12.00 noon: clusters of unfurling bright green leaves make patterns on an even brighter blue - the whole sky like a crisp, new printed cotton curtain.
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Thursday, 18 April 2013
8 am: the wild wind advances, noisy and unguided, kicking over all loose objects in its drunken path.
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Monday, 15 April 2013
this is the season
of big yellow skips - their blue
of big yellow skips - their blue
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Friday, 12 April 2013
8.05 am: the forecast says cloudy with rain, hail, thunder, and snow in the north - time and tolerance stretched by too many weathers.
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013
12.50 pm: rice 'n peas and thick brown gungy stuff - Jamaican comfort food is sunshine in the belly on a cold day.
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Tuesday, 9 April 2013
11.45 am: through the blurring drizzle, a frail young woman approaches, clutching a small baby to her breast - oh no, it's a large loaf of bread.
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Friday, 5 April 2013
2 pm: just a mile or two up the road is tense, crowded poverty. Same shops, same buses, people about the same daily business - and a very different atmosphere.
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Thursday, 4 April 2013
1.05 pm: the fine, sleety snow is visible only in the hunched, hunted posture of each passer by.
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013
2.30 pm: the wind is like a thousand tiny knives - not strong, but fierce and sharp and spiteful.
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Tuesday, 2 April 2013
12.20 pm: in the park full of resoundingly bare trees, a single shock of billowing, bellowing blossom.
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Sunday, 31 March 2013
2 pm: an old-fashioned Sunday imposed but once a year; suburban streets are empty, almost silent, restless.
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Friday, 29 March 2013
11 am: the long-absent sunshine comes and goes; just a few minutes, seconds even, at a time - rarely has it felt more precious.
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Thursday, 28 March 2013
1 pm: the warm scent of white hyacinths, not quite snuffed out by chilled and stagnant air.
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013
9.50 am: there's a small man outside in the street with a very large wooden reel of cable hoisted on his shoulder - disconcertingly low tech!
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013
6.20 pm: lighter evenings and aching cold - these things don't go together; oh, unforgiving, out-of-kilter season!
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Monday, 25 March 2013
3.30 pm: 'perishing cold', old people used to say when I was small; no surprise that the once-familiar phrase resurfaces today - that's exactly how it feels.
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Sunday, 24 March 2013
2 pm: when we call something eye-watering, it's often at least partly a metaphor, evoking emotional as much as physical sensation. Nothing metaphorical about today's cold.
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Saturday, 23 March 2013
3.30 pm: snow like a child's toy 'snowstorm', fine and powdery. It looks so soft and gentle, but the wind chill and the interludes of icy sleet are not.
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Friday, 22 March 2013
3.45 pm: the f has allen o the ca é - one piece missing and the rest becomes random and meaningless.
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Wednesday, 20 March 2013
10.05 pm: the word 'embeddedness' embeds itself. Four shelving, rocky strata: in the chilly evening they reverberate.
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Tuesday, 19 March 2013
3.40 pm: oh, the air, the light, so soft - so soft, you think the season's morphed - it's spring! But you know that soon, with a shiver, it will all shut down again. Until it doesn't.
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Monday, 18 March 2013
2.20 pm: The room grows darker, then the keyboard disappears, then thunder, lightning, rain against the window: plunged into a dim, damp place.
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Saturday, 16 March 2013
3.50 pm: a tantalising glimpse of fragile sunshine that brightens but barely warms; no sooner here than it's dodging clumps of cloud and preparing to dip behind the rooftops.
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Friday, 15 March 2013
6.09 pm: jangling fiddles shake the radio; a car door slammed in the street shakes the window; the quietly grating sound of a yawn that becomes a sigh.
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Thursday, 14 March 2013
2 pm: it's the season of shadows - look down and look around and there are all these flattened tree-prints stamped across the roads and footpaths, lawns and walls and doors.
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
1 pm: that cold, spiky stuff is falling from the sky again, but the air has grown warmer, thick and muddy - weather that jabs and at the same time stifles.
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Tuesday, 12 March 2013
11 am: outside the florist's shop the potted red and yellow polyanthus spread their frilly velvet skirts, quivering and shivering in the sunshine and the icy wind.
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Monday, 11 March 2013
6.20 am: the croaking of seagulls driven far inland by gales at sea; a heavy silence, then the muffled swish-swish-swish of a passing car.
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Sunday, 10 March 2013
6 pm: something between hail and sleet taps insistently on the window; fingers of cold fumble their way inside, trace chilly patterns on the walls and ceiling of the darkening room.
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Saturday, 9 March 2013
11.20 am (Radio 3 CD Review): the Handel excerpt is a coracle filled with notes bobbing on the waves, and behind it another and another, happy as a line of swimming ducklings.
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Friday, 8 March 2013
3 pm: water pours off the edge of my umbrella; one shoulder, soaked, turns a darker shade of green and a dark, wet border creeps upwards from the hem of my coat, flaps heavily against my legs.
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Thursday, 7 March 2013
6 am: it's raining on the red car parked beside the street-lamp and the lamp illuminates the droplets trickling from the shiny roof and down the windows.
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