Those of us who work at the Solar Solve Marine Headquarters facility in South Shields are located in the Tyneside area of the UK, a mainly industrial centre of North East England quite close to the southern border of Scotland.
South Shields is the home of the 156-year-old South Shields Marine School, which is still training thousands of students every year, from all over the world, in all of the Maritime disciplines. The Marine School, a Centre of Excellence, is very successful academically and much admired by its students. The town and the townsfolk of South Shields also enjoy a reputation for being some of the nicest people in the world and very friendly, in the opinion of the tens of thousands of well-travelled visitors who have enjoyed hospitality here over many years.
But like many other places all over the world, when 2 residents meet in a Tyneside street it is inevitable that they will comment on the weather and invariably it will be negatively. You have to wonder why? We don’t get extremes of weather of any kind, ever. There are no hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, waterspouts, cyclones, ice storms, dust storms, major droughts, monsoons, searing heat or tsunamis. In many parts of the world people have to live with these potential hazards on a daily basis yet in less volatile areas of the planet we tend to moan if it’s a bit too hot, dry, wet or windy.
It’s called Human Nature and I suspect that the reason the weather is picked as a topic of conversation is because both people can readily identify with it. So why do they habitually start talking negatively about it. Well that too is Human Nature but I don’t know why. Answers please to firstname.lastname@example.org because I think we would all like to know the answer to that one.