And Another Thing … Forecast Predicts Breakfast on the Bus

[First published by The Clare People, February 5, 2019]

SORRY Tony, but science doesn’t agree. Breakfast is not, in fact, ‘Grrreeeaat’. Word spread from the Land Down Under last week that cast doubt on centuries of conventional wisdom. Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day.
Scientists in Melbourne looked at 13 studies carried out over 28 years in countries around the world and the results, published in the British Medical Journal, indicate that eating breakfast does not help people lose weight and does not offset hunger.
There are a couple of things that stand out about all of this, the most obvious being that breakfast is clearly an overly subscribed area of scientific research. Who knew so many brilliant minds have been excercised by Honey Nut Loops? Breakfast may or not be important (we probably don’t need another study) but if you’re in particular parts of Australia now, you’re probably more worried about whether or not that’s a crocodile lumbering up your driveway or a just a downed tree. Monsoon rains have brought biblical flooding to Northern Queensland. Streets and land have been submerged and fast-moving waters have brought crocodiles and snakes onto the streets and into people’s homes. If you’re unlucky enough to have been caught in rising waters, then even climbing a tree was out of the question, as that’s where some of the crocodiles have headed.
And according to one Irish man living there, you’re likely to be less safe on the road, where snakes are being pushed into deep pools of floodwater. And you thought your Monday was tough?
At least when it lashes down here, you don’t have to be Indiana Jones to get to work. You may, however, have to swap the morning train for a bus.
We’re at a time of the year again where rail transport between Ennis and Limerick is very much at the mercy of the elements.
Ah yes, it’s that hardy annual – flooding at Ballycar near Newmarket-on-Fergus, which has been a problem there for years.
Now, to stress, trains are still running and Irish Rail has not said the line is shutting down, as it did last year between January and March. But the signs on one section of that line last week were not overly encouraging.
And if the rains do fall, then it might be back to breakfast on the bus…but at least there won’t be crocodiles climbing up trees.

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