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brb I’m underwater

bridgwater rail floodsI recently got a new job working as a reporter in Somerset in the UK. If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, particularly if you live in the UK but it’s been making a few international headlines too, you may have noticed things have been a little wet over here. The above picture is supposed to be a raised railway line running through a field, not an attempt to re-create that scene from the end of Spirited Away. My house hasn’t flooded (yet) but as a reporter I have been working what basically amount to 14 hour shifts covering this thing. So if I don’t do much updating, this is why.

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  1. Shinmaru
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Won’t the Irish Blogger Awards committee look silly when you win that Pulitzer Prize for your reporting.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      They shunned me. I’ll show them

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow, it looks like parts of Germany from last summer. Stay safe and dry.

  3. Inushinde
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Somerset, the tracks in Spirited Away, basically the same thing.

  4. VC
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Bloody hell! I’m a long time lurker of your blog and you’re in my neck of the woods.

    Good luck as a reporter! I hope they’ve supplied you with a decent pair of galoshes and a translation dictionary. Our regional dialect can be a little… Uh… Farmer guy in Hot Fuzz.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, where abouts are you from? Hopefully not around Moorland or anything like that.

      I’m doing suprisingly well with the Somerset accent. I did a reporting stint up near Newcastle once. Now there I struggled.

      • VC
        Posted February 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        Currently living near Taunton, grew up in Othery, AKA the village just before Burrowbridge. It’s pretty awful to hear everybody from the area having to evacuate because the Environment Agency thought dredging the river – so it wouldn’t flood and pollute local farmland for years and drive people out of their homes – wasn’t enough of a concern. (Okay, I know the EU made it so it’s more expensive to deal with river silt or some crap, but this is a public health and economical issue.

      • Scamp
        Posted February 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

        Oof, haven’t been to Burrowbridge myself, although I went to the rest centre in Bridgwater and chatted to a bunch of the evacuees.

    • Lanf
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 2:56 am | Permalink

      West Country Accent so easy I developed it by moving to Aberdeen.

  5. lmm
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I hear it’s freezing tonight, don’t get Frostii.

  6. HenryIsHot
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    It’s funny because brb is also the sound people make when they’re drowning.

  7. Fumoffu!!
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    I look forward to getting back home to uni to discover it’s now the town from Nagi no Asukara.

    • Someone Else
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 6:17 am | Permalink

      Well make sure you won’t end up hibernating…forever

  8. Posted February 10, 2014 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Here in New Jersey we got the second Ice Age going on. I can fucking walk on top of eight-inch snow! After It all melts it’ll be amphibian heaven.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Christ yes, I’ve seen it. That cold snap hitting america was quite something

    • Nagisa33
      Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:32 am | Permalink

      It’s always pleasant to see another person from (or living in) NJ! :) I’m studying in PA and it’s covered here too. Though I like winter, I also want to experience the warmth of spring.

    • Billish
      Posted February 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Meanwhile in Canada, 8 inches of snow falls every day! Its not even that bad, just hasnt been a good winter in a decade or so

  9. Edraii
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Meanwhile here in sweden, were it’s supposed to be cold and snowy this time of year… We’ve had positive degrees most of the winter and the little snow we got is already melting again.

    Not quite a total flood, but those global warming alarmists are starting to have a really good case :)

    Good luck with the water.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      Hah, that’s interesting to hear. Climate change affects places in weird ways

  10. Hanasra
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know that you into Journalism Scamp. I thought you job is something…..different.

    Also, how about Sakamoto Desu Ga?

    • T1g
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      He is the coolest cat to jive the globe

    • Scamp
      Posted February 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      There’s too little out to say anything about Sakamoto.

  11. AG
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    That’s why I’m glad my hometown is in Bristol. Even if the entire west country is flooded, you’d have a normal rainy day there because of the hills.

  12. Alex Voda
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Since this is about weather I’ll report about where I am.

    This has been one of the mildest winters here in Romania. So mild in fact we didn’t even have snow for Christmas.
    And when I think they announced this would have been one of the coldest and snowiest winters. I guess they just misplaced the prediction by about half a continent.

    Good luck with the water.

  13. Posted February 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    If only you could transport some of that extra water you have in the UK to California. We’re parched over here on the west coast. I do believe our dear governor’s declared a drought crisis.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      I dunno, not sure you’d want this water. There’s shit floating about in it. Literally

      • Alex Voda
        Posted February 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

        Come on Scamp, it’s called natural fertilizer.

  14. Posted February 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m in London, so I’ve thankfully avoided the worst of the floods but I hear they might persist for a few weeks so hope your house stays dry!

    • Scamp
      Posted February 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      I dunno now, seeing what’s happening in London now, you’re starting to get what we’re having

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