Comments: Useless fact of the day

I seem to remember a story about why it's called Indian Summer, from my youth so I can't recall now.

I do remember true Indian Summers when I was younger and lived a bit further south. Summer-like for up to several days, sometimes after the first snowfall even. Times - and climates - seem to have changed a bit.

Posted by Scoakat on 10 October, 2018 at 10:58 PM

Ah, the wretched "political correctness" demon. I recently came across this which I found both entertaining and insightful.
The Met Office has a page about Indian Summers here. Alas, the phrase doesn't seem to be defined in terms of particular temperatures etc.

Posted by Tim W on 11 October, 2018 at 8:15 AM

I tried to watch your link Tim, but was totally distracted by Stephen Fry's awful/ badly pressed/oversized suit. Plus, I didn't hear anything new there?

Posted by Blue Witch on 12 October, 2018 at 7:35 PM

He's never been the epitome of sartorial elegance (as he might have said!). But I thought his put-down of PC was good.

Posted by Tim W on 13 October, 2018 at 7:38 AM

Wow, the electric bulb tally mounts! I've just counted 85 here - mostly LED, a few first generation energy-saving, and 10 old-fashioned filament candle bulbs. I haven't yet found a suitable, dimmable replacement for them.

Posted by Tim W on 14 October, 2018 at 3:53 PM

We have today, for the first time, found LED candle bulbs that are short and narrow enough to fit in our round light shades. But, not dimmable, sadly, so we will need to be careful to remember to leave the switch in the 'full on' position.

Posted by Blue Witch on 14 October, 2018 at 8:43 PM
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