I am going to slam a lot of incoherent thoughts at you and you can ignore them if you want but I am going to do it anyway. I am still a bit preoccupied with the floods. I know that as far as the “Powers That Be” are concerned we have all moved on because it has stopped raining and a Head Has Rolled (mainly, as far as I can see, because he was on holiday when the floods came and so therefore unable to complete the compulsory “march around flooded areas in wellies looking very concerned” thing that is required at times like this)
I saw on the news that the Jorvik Centre in York was badly flooded and they have no idea when it will open again. For those who haven’t been, the Jorvik Museum celebrates York’s rich Viking history with interactive displays and rides though a reconstructed village. All the models (see photo) and electrics and the like have been destroyed. I have probably mentioned that FOW1 is an archaeologist and although he is a bit sniffy about museums where you get to smell what a Viking toilet was like, he is very keen on other areas of the Jorvik. There are artefacts in there that are well over 1000 years old and if it wasn’t for the quick thinking of the York Archaeological Trust they would have been lost forever. This would have been at least as distressing an event as the horrible damage to people’s homes.The thing is the Jorvick, despite being situated in a basement in often damp York, has never flooded before – ever – which should tell us something about how things are going.
FOW1 saw Jeremy Corbyn doing the concerned welly walk round York and, although he has a deep fondness for the Corbster, he was struck by how much he just seemed like everyone else. Trying not to check his watch to see how soon he could scoot off back to London. And speaking of London, the Thames is tidal isn’t it? But when was the last time London flooded? Well it doesn’t does it because they have a state of the art, all singing, all dancing barrier. Hoorah!
I think we all know that the times, in a Global Warming sense, they are changing and it isn’t enough anymore to throw a bit of dosh at something in the hope that you can build your sandbag wall a bit higher next time. We can always drag a few squaddies from their Christmas break to help you.
No, it’s surely time of a more visionary, more ecological approach. There are interesting thoughts here about a way to work with the nature that is battering the living daylights of of us – to naturally disperse the water before it hits our homes. It’s visionary and thinks differently which has to be a good thing because the same old, same old just isn’t working is it? Schemes like this do take investment but the very successful and innovative Thames Barrier cost £1.2 billion to build and frankly we could all do with making sure that it’s not just Londoners’ tootsies that don’t get wet when the rains come down.