It is so very tempting to think because we live on an island we are safe from the outside world…after all the channel has protected us since 1688, that is if you discount the small French foray into Wales in the 18th century. Even the invasion of 1688 we have pretend was actually not an invasion but rather a Glorious Revolution. We are funny like that.
However, as our knowledge of who the planet’s weather systems has increased it is very clear that the British Isle are no more isolated from what happens in the rest of the world as anyone else. Today is a really good example. We are on the far edge of the remnants of a hurricane Ophelia which has come up from the equator over the past few days. Now compared to what has been experienced recently in the caribbean islands or Indea it is hardly anything but as I write this at least 2 deaths have been attributed to the storm so it is not without deadly consequences. However, along with ophelia has come a huge cloud of sand from the Sahara desert which has given everything a strange orange hue which now the wind seems to have blown away.
So we are not alone nor are we masters of all we survey. Over the past few months we have also been learning this fact in political world as well – much good it will do us now.