Keep Calm and Carry On!

“UK heatwave: Temperatures to rise to 41C amid extreme
heat warning” —BBC News 
“The first Red Extreme heat warning issued”
—British Met Office

The BBC is roaring like the sun
With news of scorching days of blazing heat.
All burning thoughts of giddy, gleeful fun
Are dreams that high minds shouldn’t deign to greet—
The Kingdom’s set to wither and ignite.
It’s prey to Gaia’s torrid, tropic bite.

This foolish, fevered theatre of dread,
This woeful show of tragic consequence,
This scripted piffle aimed to stress the head
Of those not blessed with elements of sense,
Will guarantee all revelry and sizzle
Will ebb and flag and droop and sag and shrivel.

I speak as a survivor of rare boils
On British soil in days when heads stayed cool—
A splash of solar sass would never spoil
Our joy with silly, sunless safety rules.
This spell of sweatiness, this hellish bummer
Should be embraced. It’s known elsewhere as Summer.



Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.

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105 Responses

  1. Joseph S. Salemi

    The environmentalist freaks will be screaming about “Global Warming,” no doubt.

    It’s all part of the Greta Thunberg kabuki-theater of mindless hysteria.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Joe, you are so right. I am expecting a clueless Thunbergian troll to rear up on this page and start bleating on about the dangers of a sweaty Summer in the U.K. before the day is out.

  2. Sally Cook

    Just as the rain seemed to go on forever, so will the heat.
    I’m an Anglophile myself, but get used to it, Brits, weather is weather… always has been, always will be.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Wise words, Sally. The Brits have survived far worse and all these nannies telling them how to brave the soaring temps are an insult to everyone’s intelligence… well, nearly everyone’s.

  3. Margaret Coats

    Thanks, Susan. Even the silly interludes in our “fevered theatre of dread” deserve a poetic clamor of cold water. And doesn’t every Briton have an umbrella that could double as a parasol on a recreational outdoor stroll? Won’t the petrol price crisis be even worse if people huddle inside around air-conditioners and electric fans? Then come warnings not to consume power because of likely brownouts and electric-grid failure. Always a new disaster–just cope by using your own cool judgment and giving the safety rulers some solar sass!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      I agree wholeheartedly, Margaret! Solar sass is what’s needed… that and a gin and tonic and a good poetry book under the shade of an oak. Chin-chin! Bottoms and umbrellas up! 🙂

  4. Dave Etchell

    a very rare interlude of sub tropical heat. Apparently the conditions are just right for it to seep up from Africa for a few days. The BBC who are leading propagandists for the warmist cause have been hysterical about it –lurid dark red graphics and warnings of doom. And shrieking that the Met Office have declared it the first RED ALERT (extreme heat emergency) Evvahh– This designation was only introduced last year so its not surprising that it has been announced for the first time. I think its great– we usually have to fly to Spain to get heat like this– and while there, people don’t seem to die in their thousands of it. People will be off to the seaside in droves but unfortunately the North Sea will still be near its summer max here– 15C or bloody cold—it will still be — to quote Joyce’s immortal words– the scrotum tightening sea.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      What a wonderful comment from a Brit who knows how to survive in style without advice from the “experts”… you have put this whole idiotic charade into perspective and for that I thank you, Dave! I hope you’re in your garden raising a toast to this non-BBQ Summer… a rarity in the UK. I hear the heatwave is only here for a couple of days… blink and you’ll miss it!

  5. Mike Bryant

    First, the poem is amazing and spot on. I know you remember the heat wave in ‘76 that lasted two and a half months… water rationing… stand pipes in the street for water… “Save water, bath with a friend”… classes held outside under a shade tree… now we have an emergency for two days that the high temperature MIGHT hit a record…. then back to typical miserable weather… really, BBC, can’t you find something a little scarier?

    Don’t forget the heatwaves in 1911 and 1936 in England… this is so ridiculous… somehow, in Texas we’ve managed to thrive in much hotter conditions, however, we’ve only barely hit 100F this summer… so much for climate catastrophes…

    This article and the comment section give a bit of perspective, like Dave Etchell has above:


    • Margaret Coats

      Mike, you don’t realize what a godsend this heat wave has been to the BBC. As I departed the UK a month ago, the great alarm was that persons still wearing masks would be ridiculed and discriminated against. All of a sudden, TV street scenes began to show masked individuals, when the day before there were none. My personal estimate of the chance of seeing a mask-wearer in London was about one in 10,000 persons. I can just see BBC camera crews offering masks and bank notes to passersby, in order to find and film masked persons in need of protection from popular rancor.

      • Mike Bryant

        Margaret, unfortunately Monday has turned out to be a huge disappointment to the ghouls at the BBC. Temperatures peaked this afternoon at 37°C at Bedford (north of London) at 4pm, needed to reach 37.8 to break the local record. I’m sure the BBC has their collective fingers crossed for a catastrophe tomorrow… the rest of the week will be much cooler.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Mike, I survived the long hot Summer of ’76. I was a school kid then and I’m certain that summer put me in good stead for the breathtaking heat and humidity of the coastal plains of Texas. For that, I am grateful. And to think, as a child, you survived temperatures well over 100f without air-con! We’re lucky to be alive!

  6. Roy E. Peterson

    I checked and 32 degrees C = 90 (actually 89.6) degrees F. We have been above that by 10 to 15 degrees in Texas, since May. I found the discussions as fascinating as the poem which was so well crafted by one who has dealt with both “summers.” Maybe the Brits should advertise as the new Canary Islands.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Roy, I’m thrilled someone has seen the bright side of the U.K. heat… tourism would definitely go up if the heat lasted longer than the predicted five minutes and it was a hot as they claimed! Thank you for your sanity and appreciation of my poetry.

  7. Mike Bryant

    Roy, BBC Weather is forecasting a high of 40°C (104°F) Monday in London, (I have a screen cap of the forecast page updated at 7:02 AM London Time) but will it happen? We’ll see…
    The highest temperature ever measured in Texas was 120°F (48.9°C), recorded on August 12, 1936 in Seymour, during the 1936 North American Heatwave, and again on June 28, 1994 in Monahans. Of course, this year it is much cooler at around a hundred… 🙂

  8. Paul Freeman

    My favourite line – ‘those not blessed with elements of sense’ – seems to cut both ways.

    Air conditioning in the UK is a rarity and of course humidity (‘mugginess’) is likely not a factor in places like inland Texas. But then let’s not let facts like that get in the way of bashing a news organisation.

    Meanwhile, in Spain, heat stress has put paid to hundreds, mostly the elderly.

    • Mike Bryant

      Cuts both ways, Paul… You are saying that Susan is not blessed with sense. In saying that you are also saying that every other commenter above is not blessed with sense. I think we deserve an apology.

      • Paul Freeman

        No, you don’t. I’m entitled to a different opinion without being told I lack sense.

      • Joshua C. Frank

        Paul, if you’re entitled to a different opinion without being told you lack sense, than so is Susan. If she isn’t, then neither are you. Either way, your statement refutes itself.

    • Mike Bryant

      Today’s forecast high in Surrey, UK… 95°F
      Today’s forecast high in Abu Dhabi… 105°F… Oh the humanity!

      Mortality from low temperature days in Spain is equal to mortality from high temperature days in Spain. Worldwide cold temperatures kill many more people than high temperatures. England has many more low temperature deaths than high, and the cost of electricity is increasing the mortality on cold days.

      • Paul Freeman

        Here most people move from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned car, to an air-conditioned office.

        There’s also a mid-day break for those working outdoors for three hours during the heat of the day. And when working outside we’re provided with shade and water.

        We’re prepared for heat and humidity. Surrey ain’t.

        You can add this to your research, if you like.

      • Mike Bryant

        It’s a miracle anyone survived the heat before air conditioning…
        Speaking of mugginess… after lunch in London the humidity will be less than 20%.

  9. Mike Bryant

    BBC Complains England’s Women’s Football Team is “Too White”

    BBC Lost 270,000 Licence Fee Payers Last Year

    BBC Scrubs “Ali” From Munich Killer’s Name on TV

    BBC Altered Alleged Rape Victim’s Quote to Not ‘Misgender’ Attacker

    Woke BBC Faces Backlash for ‘Pregnant People’ Abortion Coverage

    BBC Journalist Mistakes Walmart BB Gun for ‘a Rifle and Ammunition‘

    I see what you mean Paul, BBC demonstrates the acme of journalism and common sense… you are right to take up for them. In fact, I should probably apologize to you!
    NAHHHH… just kidding…

    • Joshua C. Frank

      I thought you were making these up to make fun of the BBC, until I searched the headlines and found out that you weren’t!

      I can’t tell the real thing from the satires anymore.

      • Mike Bryant

        Joshua, the Beeb has been beyond parody for years and years…

  10. Mike Bryant

    It’s 12:25 PM in London Monday, July 18, 2022
    the temperature is 33°C (91.4°F)

    Will London hit 41°C today?
    Headline from Saturday, July 16, 2022
    London Set to be Hotter than Dubai on Monday as 41C Predicted in West of Capital https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/london-set-to-be-hotter-than-dubai-on-monday-as-41c-predicted-in-west-of-capital/ar-AAZCgJm

    The BBC predicted 41°C as today’s high temp.
    They changed that prediction to 40°C at 7:02 this morning.
    I have the screen cap.
    BBC 11:04 am update changed the 40°C prediction to 38°C…
    BBC 12:05 pm update changed the 38°C prediction to 39°C…
    BBC 1:01 pm update changed the 39°C prediction to 38°C…
    BBC 1:59 pm update still predicting 38°C…
    BBC 2:01 pm update still predicting 38°C…
    BBC 2:58 pm update still predicting 38°C…
    BBC 4:00 pm update changed the 38°C prediction to 37°C…
    As of now the BBC has lowered the predicted high for today from 41°C (105.8°F) to 37°C (98.6°F)
    so the BBC has missed todays high by 7.2°F or 4°C

    We are witnessing true BBC climate science in action.
    These are the same guys that are saying they can predict temps for the next hundred years… it is to laugh…

    Not looking good for the weather wranglers…

    As all the changes are happening at the BBC, my cheap, little Dark Sky Weather App has been maintaining a high forecast of 36°C (98.6°F) hmmm not a record high… who will be closer, BBC or Dark Sky?

    Dark Sky Beats BBC !!!

  11. Joseph S. Salemi

    Mike, those examples are solid proof that the BBC is not a news agency but a propaganda outlet for left-liberal pieties. They are as agenda-driven as Dr. Goebbels in the Third Reich.

    Here’s a poem about the BBC written by Candace Ruggieri, and published in a past issue of TRINACRIA:

    The BBC

    I loathe the goddamned British news,
    And when it’s on, I always choose
    To shut my ears to what it spews.
    I’d rather have a cup of tea
    Than listen to the BBC.

    You’d have to be both deaf and dumb
    Not to recognize it, chum–
    No Tory gets fair treatment from
    The Labour-loving clerisy
    Who man the mikes at BBC.

    They give the news a leftist spin
    As blatant as a shot of gin
    While mugging with a sheepish grin–
    Plain facts you’ll neither hear nor see
    When tuned in to the BBC.

    They don’t like logic or debate,
    Which they term “Giving voice to hate”–
    They’d rather whine and smugly prate.
    Clear thought’s a liability
    When working for the BBC.

    Now lying’s common, I’ll agree,
    And folks can lie as readily
    At CNN and NBC,
    But neither one lies steadily
    Like liars at the BBC.

    –from TRINACRIA, Issue No. 16 (Fall 2016). p. 76.

    • Mike Bryant

      But Joe, that poem appears to be “bashing a news organization”
      None so blind, etc.

      • Joseph S. Salemi

        Well, Paul, it’s easier to say that than to deal with the facts and links that Mike Bryant has brought up about BBC bias, isn’t it?

        You can’t seriously think that the BBC is now anything more than a megaphone for left-Labourite wokesters and cocktail-party Marxists.

      • Paul Freeman

        None so blind as obsessive cherry-pickers.

      • Joseph S. Salemi

        Paul, if all the facts and figures cited by Mike Bryant are just “cherry picking,” then the BBC sure seems to be one helluva big cherry tree.

        Is it so hard for you to admit that your precious BBC has a marked left-liberal political agenda, and pushes it insistently?

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you for this spot-on, highly amusing poem on the duplicitous BBC. Candace Ruggieri is blessed with talent and sense – a definite asset in these days of insidious idiocy.

  12. Jeff Eardley

    Susan/Mike, we are sitting at 34 Celsius today in middle England where our news reporters are frantically searching in vain for a buckled-rail disaster as we are urged to smother any passing pensioner in wet towels before we slide into Armageddon. You have summed up all the climate scares with your wonderful poem. By the way, our energy provider tells us that you Americans use more electricity on air-con than Africa uses on everything.

    • Mike Bryant

      Hey, Jeff, I’m praying the wind turbines/mills spin up enough energy in Old Blighty this winter to keep you and yours warm and toasty… now… who will pay the electric bills? Maybe we can borrow more money from China.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Jeff, your comment has left me sniggering – thank you. During this sinister age of the scaremonger, a good laugh is a must – I thought I’d try to raise a smile my poem. Sadly, some are unable to appreciate my efforts and continue to moon in the gloom. One can but try! I hope you are coping and taking those necessary precautions to keep calm and carry on. I know it can get tough. Mike and I have been without air con on many an occasion here in Texas… a week once, after Hurricane Harvey hit, and it was August! The mosquitoes were the size of hummingbirds and we were dripping with sweat and ripe for bites… but, we kept calm, carried on, and lived to tell the tale even though Mike is a pensioner.

      • Jeff Eardley

        Susan/Mike, I well recall the long, hot summer of 1976 when our minister of sport, Denis Howell was appointed to be minister of drought. Before the ink was dry on his contract, the heavens opened and under the deluge, poor Denis became minister of floods. Balance will be restored later this week as we all resume our grumbling about grey skies, the cost of fuel and the Conservative party tearing itself apart.

  13. Brian Yapko

    A very amusing poem, Susan. It’s hard for me to get bent out of shape at 39 C (89.6 F) when I come from Los Angeles and it was frequently that hot in May and November, let alone the dog days of summer. Even as we speak, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are in the mid 90s. Yawn. However, when Portland OR hit a hellish and humidly whopping 116 F two years ago that was noteworthy. Of course, I attributed that to karma.

    I can imagine a sequel to your poem in which the River Thames sizzles and Big Ben melts like a candle, its clockface distorting into the Dali painting “Persistence of Memory” as the ravens at the Tower finally hightail it to Iceland.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you for putting things into perspective, Brian, and I just love your idea for a sequel – magnificent!! Weather is a strange animal. It always has been and always will be – regardless of what mankind does to stop it. I remember snow in June in England. I also remember a childhood of bitter winters with no central heating… I could see my breath hang in the air like a cloud when I got out of bed. I also remember wearing a hat, gloves, and two pairs of socks to bed to stave off the chill… that coupled with searing Indian summers in September, and the Great Storm of ’87, makes for some amazing conservations. That’s why Brits always talk about the weather… it’s so darn interesting.

  14. Gail

    Real fun, Susan! You know the quote from C. S. Lewis in one of his letters to children, I think . . . the one about summer coming to England once every seven years?

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Gail, what a great comment… I had never heard that quote from C.S. Lewis. He’s got it just about right, which is why the hysteria is mounting… the media must cash in on the rarity to promote the Green New Deal. Thank you very much!

  15. Mike Bryant

    Today, Monday was a big fail for the BBC and the climate experts. Now they are saying the high tomorrow in London will be 38°C. I wonder if they will miss that one too… stay tuned for updates tomorrow.
    At least they did manage to frighten at least one person.

  16. Mike Bryant

    Paul, you said, “Meanwhile, in Spain, heat stress has put paid to hundreds, mostly the elderly.”
    You might want to consider this. Cold weather kills people.
    This is very well documented. Heat kills, but then after the heat waves the death rate drops below the accepted average for a few weeks.
    Reason? Extreme heat harms the frail.
    This is not true of extreme cold. Death rate rises… then returns to normal.

    Cold causes excess deaths. Heat deaths average out.

  17. Anna J. Arredondo


    Well said!

    “This spell of sweatiness, this hellish bummer
    Should be embraced. It’s known elsewhere as Summer.”

    Going to be a balmy 39C today, here in the Denver area. My kids are embracing it with iced tea, sunblock, (and a little fun in the sprinkler — ssshhhh).

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you very much for your appreciative comment, Anna. I also love the way your kids are embracing the heat – I’m going to adapt for adults… sunblock, a sombrero, a margarita, a siesta… Zzzzzz

  18. Michael Pietrack

    No war today, no social strife,
    what will we scare them with tonight?
    Well, if we haven’t stories better,
    than we’ll sensationalize the weather.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      You are spot on with this smile of a knowing poem, Michael. Bravo!

  19. Norma Pain

    Wonderful poem Susan. The weather is the weather, and it tends to change now and again!!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Norma, you are a woman after my own heart… I love your down to earth comment in a world that’s away with the fairies and I thank you for your sanity and integrity.

      I’ve just re-read my comment and can see I’ve flouted every rule in the political correctness manual… I shouldn’t have made those remarks. I’m not a biologist, a psychologist, or a fairyologist and I don’t give a pigeon’s coo! Norma, you bring out the naughty in me! 🙂

      • Norma Pain

        Common-sense is what you have Susan, which seems to be a deficiency, greatly in need of revival.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Josh, thank you very much… I believe punchlines like this bring a bit of cool perspective to a world of constant fearmongering.

  20. Mike Bryant

    While Monday may bring record highs to southeastern England, temperatures are expected to rise further as the warm air moves north on Tuesday, Met Office CEO Penelope Endersby said. The extreme heat warning stretches from London in the south to Manchester and Leeds in the north.
    “So it’s tomorrow [Tuesday, July 19] that we’re really seeing the higher chance of 40 degrees and temperatures above that,” Endersby told the BBC. “Forty-one isn’t off the cards. We’ve even got some 43s (109.4°F) in the model, but we’re hoping it won’t be as high as that.”

    Above quote from:


    I WILL be very surprised to see 43°C ANYWHERE in England tomorrow.
    Are we scared yet?

    Despite the above quote, the BBC is forecasting a high temperature of 38°C at 3:00 pm in London tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19.
    I’ll be watching tomorrow.

  21. Mike Bryant

    Extreme cold is far more deadly than extreme heat. In fact, studies by the US National Weather Service, Britain’s The Lancet medical journal, the Centers for Disease Control, The American Council on Science and Health, among others, claim that extreme cold is responsible worldwide for twenty times as many deaths as extreme heat. Furthermore, extended periods of below normal temperatures, as experienced during the Little Ice Age (c.1300-1850), was the cause of economic and cultural stagnation as well as frequent famines due to reduced growing seasons. Naturally the climate activists carefully avoid referring to such facts. – Edward Katz

  22. Mike Bryant

    From yesterday: “BBC is forecasting a high temperature of 38°C at 3:00 pm in London tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19.”

    And at 12:12 pm London time, the BBC weather page changed the forecast high temperature to 37°C from 38°C …
    Maybe we can forget the drama till next year.

    When we have cold records, as we have every winter, the “scientists” always say that cold records are to be expected in a warming world. The opposite is also true.

  23. Julian D. Woodruff

    What you address here is another example of the West’s gloomy weather of wimpdom–more than enough to make up for any claimed physical warming. The impact of this “gww” may be as profound as the impact of climate change projected by the wildest imaginations.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Julian, I love your deliciously alliterative “West’s gloomy weather of wimpdom” observation – how very true. These whining weather wimps summon enough hot air to engulf the planet in a gasbag of balderdash for decades to come – they ensure flatulent cows are the least of the planet’s problem. Thank you for my morning smile.

  24. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    Inspired by Brian Yapko:


    It skims the sizzling Thames. It sidles in
    On desert feet to weave and wander through
    The City’s heart. It slides down London’s skin
    In rivulets of sweat. It boils the blue
    Above Big Ben until the hands of time
    Melt with wistful memories of a chill
    Once kissing Charing Cross with frost – a clime
    Saharan claws are set to sear then kill.

    I hear the caw of ravens at The Tower.
    I spy a swallow’s wing brave singeing skies
    As Chicken Little names this sticky hour
    Armageddon – a hot-air waft of lies
    Pushed as Gaia’s fatal death-row blow
    By prophets profiting from toasty woe.

    • Brian Yapko

      This is hilarious, Susan! I’m thrilled and delighted that my comment inspired you! Those Saharan claws are terrifying! (and I appreciate that little swallow reference.)

      You could take this metaphor even farther. In fact, I understand that when it gets sufficiently hot, books will spontaneously combust.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Brian, I’m glad I did your words of inspiration justice and thrilled you spotted the finer details. Thank you for the poetic prompt… I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

  25. Paul Freeman

    40.3 C (104.5 F) in Lincolnshire and 40.2 C at Heathrow according to the Meteorological Office (not affiliated to the BBC).

    Feel free to claim fake news, blah, blah, blah!

    • Mike Bryant

      “The current official highest registered air temperature on Earth is 56.7 °C (134.1 °F), recorded on 10 July 1913 at Furnace Creek Ranch, in Death Valley in the United States.” – Wiki
      Paul, you may not be aware of this, but all types of track and field records are broken every year. I’m sure that means that people will soon be able to run 100 mph and jump skyscrapers in a single bound.
      One day of record heat does not mean we are headed for Climageddon, just as a record cold spell does not mean an imminent ice age.
      Really, Paul, is this THAT difficult to figure out?
      And, Paul, does this mean you welcome your nanny overlords???

      • Mike Bryant

        The Death Valley (Global High Temperature) record still stands over a hundred years later, despite the fact that the official weather/temperature station has been moved to a hotter area in Death Valley. If Death Valley isn’t getting hotter… it ain’t GLOBAL, now is it?
        Now I’d say that’s a much sweeter cherry than Lincolnshire or Heathrow.


        The article above also points out that the coldest Death Valley temperature record also still stands.

        Weather is weather… records are records. They are meant to be conversation prompts, not excuses for the great reset.

  26. Joseph S. Salemi

    Mike, your last sentence in that post goes right to the crux of the matter. The left is CONSTANTLY looking for a new crisis, a new emergency, a new “trouble spot,” a new “cause for concern,” or anything at all that will allow them to get more power over human beings and dictate behavior. I remember one piece of garbage here in the States who rejoiced over the Covid epidemic, saying “Why waste a good crisis?” He didn’t give a rat’s ass about infections or deaths or inconveniences or a wrecked world economy. All he cared about was using Covid as an excuse for amassing more political power to impose leftist mandates on people.

    If it isn’t weather, it’ll be something else. The left is now truly bat-shit crazy, and intent upon turning the entire world into what the U.K. is now: a nation of crushed and cowed prisoners who reflexively take orders from arrogant bureaucrats and elitists, while worshiping at the shrine of the omniscient BBC.

    • Mike Bryant

      You’re exactly right, Joe. I think it is telling that someone who claims to believe in the catastrophic global warming narrative would live near the rising sea water in one of the hottest spots on earth. Perhaps belief has nothing at all to do with it.

  27. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    Dear Mr. Freeman,

    Stay calm, chill out and pour yourself a beer.
    Quit pushing all that propagandist fear.
    Mike has picked the biggest, ripest cherry
    To serve you up a sweet soupçon of merry.

    He’s proved the BBC is but a tool
    To turn each fighter to a fawning fool.
    Don’t let two days of boil spoil your fun –
    Quit fretting over Britain’s spate of sun.

    Chicken Little’s words are but a rumour.
    Don’t let this tiny doomster quash your humour.
    Dodge this feathered devil’s taunting trigger –
    It’s time to lighten up and have a snigger…

    If you’re allergic to my brand of wit
    Avoid my page – you pessimistic git.

    With best wishes for a brighter and sunnier outlook,
    Susan 🙂

    • Mike Bryant

      Susan, for those who survived the Great Heatwave of ‘22…
      London is looking nice and cool tomorrow morning…
      19C or about 66F at 7:00 am… Thanks for your sunny perspective, your sunny poem and your fearless magnificence!

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Paul, you make my point. You are witless.
        The witless are the downfall of the Western world.

      • Paul Freeman

        I’m glad you’re resorting to base insults. It shows who you both really are, what with all the bullying rhetoric and ‘wit’ when someone doesn’t slavishly toe the line.

        As for the childish demand for an apology – I apologise for having an opinion of my own.

      • Mike Bryant

        It’s called free speech, Paul. You get to say what our authoritarian masters believe, and Susan and I get to say what we believe. The main difference is that Susan and I don’t get our panties in a wad every time we see something we disagree with.
        I am so sorry that you are thin skinned.

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Paul, let’s get this in perspective. I wrote a poem that wasn’t aimed at you. You took offense and decided to make it all about you, while insulting me and calling me down for my unfavorable words on the BBC. The poem was intended to be a humorous look at the hysteria meted out daily by the MSM. You didn’t like my poem and instead of passing it by, you decided to lash out. You lashed out at Mike and Joe for trying to prove that there is truth in my words.

        Mike doesn’t “cherry pick” information. His research is thorough and fair. I am grateful to him and to others for shining a much-needed light on the duplicitous politics of the day. There are very few places one can go to see the immutable truth in all its glory. Dr. Salemi doesn’t “cherry pick” either. He speaks from wisdom and personal experience. You denounced both as the “tag team” without even bothering to answer Joe’s question on the BBC. He’s still waiting. You have turned your back on an enlightening debate and chosen instead to concentrate on the ugly aspects of this thread, the ugliness you began.

      • Joshua C. Frank

        I think all of us would do well to heed the quatrain I composed on the spot:

        Never argue with the woke;
        You can’t convince such stubborn folk.
        Perhaps we’ll better meet our goals
        Deciding not to feed the trolls!

      • Joseph S. Salemi

        Freeman’s behavior in this exchange is a biopsy slide of left-liberal attitudes and characteristic reactions.

        He starts the fight by calling Susan Bryant “not blessed with elements of sense,” and then snidely questions whether she has “wit.” And when others here fight back sharply, he goes into a state of outraged Victorian dignity, accusing us of base insults and bullying.

        This is utterly typical of the liberal left and its partisans. They devoutly believe that they can say whatever they like, but if anyone gives a solid return punch, the response is “uncalled for,” or “insulting,” or “childish.” What a great way to control debate!

        Joshua Frank is right. It make no sense whatsoever to try and talk with such people. You might as well argue with a cigar-store Indian.

        And since this all began with a poem about hot weather, let me repeat this old American maxim to Paul: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

  28. Adam Wasem

    What is most absurd about all this whining by the BBC trying to whip the Brits up into a panic, is, you live on an island! Surrounded by water! Take a trip to the beach! No matter where you live in Great Britain, you’re no farther than 30, 35 miles tops, from the water! The North Atlantic is wonderfully cold. 30 seconds in the water and you’re cool as a cucumber!

    If it’s too hot to sleep at night, we have this wonderful technology called an electric fan. If I made it through the horribly muggy and hot Chicago summers of my childhood with only a fan, you can, too. What a bunch of whiny wankers the media is turning us all into.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Adam, you are spot on. Isn’t it a dreadful shame that an American in Chicago is far more sensible than a Brit in Abu Dhabi when it comes to advice on a heatwave in the UK. I cannot believe a fellow Brit has lost his wits. Whiny wankers (great alliteration) describes every idiot tuning in to their downfall and promoting it. I’m getting outwardly pissed because I want to save us from the cruel clutches of totalitarianism and I will make no apologies for my sassy attitude – it spells survival.

  29. Mike Bryant

    Definition of wit (Entry 1 of 2)
    1a : the ability to relate seemingly disparate things so as to illuminate or amuse
    b(1) : a talent for banter or persiflage
    (2) : a witty utterance or exchange
    c : clever or apt humor
    d : astuteness of perception or judgment : ACUMEN


    • Jeff Eardley

      Mike/Susan, we have hit 40.3 in England’s brown and pleasant land today. The predictions of yesterday have come to fruition with many nasty fires, particularly around London and many people have died. We are really not used to this and are all walking around like extras from “The Walking Dead.” Perfect conditions you may say for our many well-funded Climate Change experts. We will be 10 degrees down tomorrow as we crushed and cowed prisoners will revert to speculation on the absence of the blonde buffoon and who will be leading us into the next chapter of our history. I will be switching off the BBC, firing up “The Lark Ascending” and hoping that Horatio will come down from his column to re-claim our lost colonies. England expects so be on your guard. Best wishes guys.

      • Mike Bryant

        Jeff, My condolences, since I live in Texas I know perfectly well that people die from heat, from drownings, from floods… we die from fires, we die from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, and all sorts of weather. But Global warming is NOT causing more deaths. In fact it is the exact opposite. Sorry about the fires… that at least is one thing we have not experienced in Texas because of 40C + heat.


        Thirty-three pages well worth reading.

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Jeff, firstly I know the people of Britain aren’t used to such heat and I’m sorry to hear of the fires. I read about the one at Dartford Heath, a couple of miles down the road from where I used to live… the A2 was my main road to everywhere! We had a freeze in Texas last year that would have been considered mild in the U.K. We weren’t prepared for it as Texans – frozen pipes (we don’t bury pipes six feet under), no power, no water, and the vulnerable suffering from hypothermia. My poem is a knock at all those cashing in politically at the people’s expense in the name of ‘climate change’ and the Green New Deal. I fear we are all cowed and crushed to a certain extent after the draconian lockdowns. I like to push back. Wolf is cried so often I just go with my instinct on the topical poetry front. I hope you and yours are well and cooling down swiftly and I hope my homeland heals much quicker than we did after the hurricane, freeze, and flash flood. The weather can be cruel.

  30. Yael

    Wow Susan, you have a way with words! I had to look up “piffle”. And I love all the poems in the comments section too. Who knew that warm weather could be this exciting?

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you very much, Yael. The British are blessed with a multitude of funny little words, piffle being one of them. I love using them in Texas… especially those strange and naughty words that are for English ears only. Mike has been known to google some of my unheard words mid-disagreement… and we cannot help but dissolve into laughter. The latest one was “pillock”… how on earth can one carry on a serious debate after hearing that?!

  31. Mike Bryant

    A thought provoking perspective:
    “Every news bulletin this evening has been screaming about the UK temperature being 40.3C at RAF Coningsby today, Heathrow being 40.2C – in fact, if you exclude airports and RAF airfields due to hot runways and aircraft, the hottest temperature was 39C. Sheer hysteria.
    As to the wildfires reported – there have already been dozens of arrests across Europe for arson, there will be more in the UK, unless the Police are afraid of a lefty backlash.” – Richard Page

    • Mike Bryant

      Richard Page isn’t the only one who suspects arson. The Daily Mail said this, “Police say wildfires that tore through UK on hottest day ever may have been ARSON: Infernos saw residents being rescued from suburban homes and evacuated as dozens of buildings were engulfed by raging blazes…”

  32. Joseph S. Salemi

    Mike, the Mainstream News juggernaut is lying through its teeth, as usual. It’s called “lying for the greater good.” The left has always seen this as a virtuous and commendable action. In Communist countries, it was called “following the Party Line.”

    • Mike Bryant

      Joe, I’m sending this information to an investigative journalist named Anthony Watts… he has a website called wattsupwiththat.com.
      I hope he can get a post out pretty quickly.

  33. David Watt

    Susan, the final line of your poem delightfully brings us to back to reality. 41C is undoubtedly hot by British standards, and has come as a shock to many. However, a temporary spell of heat is no cause for hysteria.
    I was speaking to someone today who worked in Libya some 30 years ago. He said the usual daily temperature was 44C, but sometimes rose to 50C. Now that’s hot!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      David, thank you very much for your sensible and insightful comment. I think the Western world lives in a permanent state of fear… by design. This H. L. Mencken quote springs to mind:

      The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

      We would do well to bear this in mind before we all spontaneously combust in the ever-fanned flames of fright.

  34. Adam Wasem

    Seriously though, about global warming. Carbon. Dioxide. Is. NOT. A. Pollutant. How the media has convinced the public of this idiotic idea is surely one of the most terrible indictments of our educational system imaginable. CO2 is what makes plants grow. Greenhouse growers regularly pump CO2 into their greenhouses, because the more CO2 is in the air, the more efficiently plants can use available water, and the bigger and faster and more widely they grow. More CO2 is causing the “greening” of the earth, as even NASA, in their determination to lead the woke pack of government agencies, has been forced to admit:

    The more crops, the more food, so much food that not even Brandon could make us go hungry. The Sahara turns into cropland. Australia turns into the breadbasket of the world. Everyone gets a big beautiful garden, even in Arizona and New Mexico.

    450,000 years of Vostok ice core data show that CO2 levels have lagged temperature by up to thousands of years, rather than leading them, because of outgassing by ocean warming. The reason being, the oceans are so big and deep it takes that long for them to warm and to release CO2 into the air. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/12/vostok-ice-cores-and-the-8000-year-lag.php. CO2. Does. Not. Cause. Warming.

    Let us assume, though, for the sake of argument, that the global warming hysterics are right. Even if it is warming, warming isn’t uniform over the earth. Warming, when it occurs, is smallest at the tropics, and most pronounced at the poles. The ocean isn’t going to boil away at the equator. No, what will happen is that Canada and Siberia turn into breadbaskets of the world, too, and the tropics go up by a couple of degrees. And, yes, the Brits will have to stiffen their upper lips and pony up for some air conditioners. There will also be some melting at the poles and a gradual sea level rise. Key word: Gradual. No, Floridians, you won’t have to run away from the ocean. It’s not going to catch up to you. Rather, you’re just going to have to hire the Dutch. They’re going to need somewhere to go after their elites turn their country into a starving hellscape. And yes, New York elites, I haven’t forgotten the most critical part in this warming business, the ocean view at your Palm Beach estate might be somewhat marred by the dikes. I know, I know, it’s a tragedy, but unfortunately you might have to climb the stairs to the second floor balcony for that expensive ocean view. Ugh, I know, I know. The humanity!

    • Mike Bryant

      Adam, are you trying to say that humans are actually capable beings?
      I agree. First step, get the Feds and the Globalists all up out of our bidness.
      The Thomas court has made a few steps in that direction.
      Have you noticed that all our problems stem from too much central government?
      The states must take back every single power that the Feds have illegally usurped…
      Education would be a great start, but every one of the three letter federal agencies must be abolished. I’m not talking Revolution, I’m talking about a Restoration of State’s Rights that is enshrined in our Constitution.
      Thank you for your clear headed look at the insidious seeohtwo idiocy of those who would be our masters.

      • Adam Wasem

        I agree with you completely about the State’s Rights Restoration that’s needed. I just don’t see it happening here. Reagan ran in 1980 on abolishing the Department of Education. in 1984 he won again in one of the biggest electoral landslides in history, only losing Mondale’s home state. And then Reagan says in addition to shrinking the government, for good measure he wants to audit the gold holdings in Fort Knox and then, what do you know? A “lone wolf” supposedly obsessed with Jodie Foster but also with curious connections to the Bush family almost assassinates him. And 42 years later the Department of Education is 10 times the size it was in 1980. I forget who said it, but the quote goes, “The closest thing on earth to eternal life is a government program.” The deep state is the bureaucracy is the deep state, and it protects its own, by any means necessary.

        And the country now is filled with astronomically more moochers and parasites than in 1980, all looking for a handout from Uncle $ugar. All measures of societal health have drastically declined–English and math proficiency, the out of wedlock birth rate, welfare usage, the labor force participation rate–I could go on, but you get the picture. The idiocracy is real, and we’re living in it. Just look at the hue and cry over the Roe overturning. Who knew so many morons would protest their liberties being restored to them? Maybe in 1980 you could have gotten 3/4 of the states together for a constitutional convention on states’ rights, but now that we’ve been importing 3rd-worlders for almost 60 years? I just don’t see it.

        No, the only way this gets done is either by armed uprising, or tyranny. That’s always the way it happens in history. I really wish it weren’t so, but I have to be realistic.

      • Joseph S. Salemi

        I have to agree with Adam on this. There are dozens of sensible, intelligent, and politically sound moves that could be made to improve our national condition, but they simply won’t happen because we have a vast infection, both physical and psychological, in the body politic that prevents salutary change.

        Can anyone imagine Biden allowing new drilling for oil to occur, even though we are in a major energy crisis? Can anyone imagine Governor Newscum letting California forests be cleared of deadwood and deciduous waste, even though this is aggravating the wildfires in that state? Prior to two weeks ago, could anyone imagine a Manhattan District Attorney charging an elderly storekeeper with first-degree murder, just for defending himself against a criminal attack?

        To anyone reading this who still votes for Democrats or liberals: You have blood on your hands.

  35. Mike Bryant

    “Whenever an unusually hot season is upon us, sweltering humanity talks about the changes in climate and shakes its head in a foreboding fashion.” – The Morning Oregonian July 24, 1906

  36. Joseph S. Salemi

    So the government of Australia is deliberately ERASING ALL RECORDED TEMPERATURE RECORDS prior to 1910, as a way to prevent anyone from contradicting the propagandist claims of left-wing climate-change alarmists today.

    Can anyone deny that we are living in Orwell’s “1984”?

    Australia is the new Nazi Germany.

  37. C.B. Anderson

    Reason, facts and sound argument will always fall flat in the eyes of those who have become used to kneeling before their masters. So why even bother? Because we are charitable; because we have hope; and because it’s in our nature never to give up despite the specter of futility.


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