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Yesterday the fire alarm went off.

Steph starts the screams, Jake heads for cover in the toilets and my supply teacher heads for the wrong door.

But we do get to the assembly point with out loosing our current challenge who for once has all her clothes on.

However when we fetch back up in class ready for our snack the alarm is still shrilling and shouting its head off. It continues for 20 minutes. Someone had forgotten to tell the new care taker how to disconnect the thing down our end. The rest of the school is enjoying playtime and a cuppa in peace.

Despite the intervention of Luke's hoodie the vibrations made me feel sick and stirs the children to fever pitch.

Today I feel less than my best. But step out with man and a whippet just as the first drops of rain plunk. I suddenly feel a bit of a spring in my step and I get bouncier. By the time we reach home again the skies have darkened so much that the street lamps come on. The wind whips around whippet blowing his skirts up and the hail starts. God is rolling ball bearings above with added effect of lighting. I can feel the vibration though out my body.

I love thunder storms so stay out to absorb every electrical charge that I can . Zayna is having a fag and a cough out side the pub. He has caught me before and this will surely seal my fate as officially bonkers.

Carole my next door neighbour sticks her head out to check I am ok and alert me to the fact the telegraph pole could do for me.

But I truly don't care. What a wonderful way to go. In the middle of a storm.

However I am still here. And felt so invigorated I cleaned the bedroom.

It was really odd I could feel the change in the atmosphere as the storm moved off.

I suspect though being of a wimpish disposition I wouldn't care to experience one of the spectacular shows that cause havoc around the globe.

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We had a pectacular hail storm this afternoon thuder lightnig and 2inches of hail in 15mins and now I feel just as lousy as when I got up this morning. fraid it didnt work for me. lol sue


Sorry it didn't work for you maryrose. Apparently research somewhere suggests the is a correlation between arthritis pain and air pressure.

Suggesting the pain is heightened.


Hi nedd

Many thanks for sharing this it was extremely engrossing, I really enjoyed it. We had a very bad thunder storm in Derby. It went so dark that 2pm could have been 2am. It lasted about 30 minutes before it was gone.

You take care my friend



Our storm was only directly overhead for a few minutes but was rattling around for thirty. It seems we were connected by its path. It visited you before me.


Wow , what a day from alarm to storms. You certainly seem to have become wired by it. Do take care when you stand in storms I know you think it is energizing but just think of a battery when it runs out of energy - Nasty way to go.

Having said all that it sounds amazing xxgins the jealous


I never thought if being wired. But that catches the feeling very well.

I truly don't mind if the battery dies. Such a relentless grind. I am one of those that think you should be able to take charge legally of deciding when to pull the plug. Sorry if this offends. Each to their own though. I have had experience of suicide and I still hold that view.

Bloody hell that's a bit deep. Must be the light of the day. Dark and gloomy. And whippet will refuse point blank to come for a walk in the rain.

May the sun shine on us all latter.


Loved your story - I also find that the air pressure does effect me negatively and I noticed you said you felt energised when the pressure lifted as the storm cleared. Several of my friends with fibro also notice the bad effects of air pressure - so maybe we are a strange lot. But when the pressure/atmosphere lightens, we also feel the benefits!


Lizzywizz. Love the tag. I actually felt energised at the storms approach. I had felt truly wasted before hand. As gins said I felt wired and although it filled me with energy I could feel it drain away as the storm moved on. I was tempted to get in the car and chase it to get another fix.

Hope today brings nice things you way.


Hi nedd, your writing was nearly as electrifying as the storm. I certainly realise the correlation between air pressure and pain, I could be used as a barometer :o

Please don't leave us and become like one of those people who go round chasing tornadoes to get your "fix" - we'd miss you and would hate you to be frazzled by a telegraph pole,:o

Foggy x


Interesting the pain and air pressure thing.

Perhaps we could live in climate controlled houses that would suit our condition.

There a thought.


Nedd, that's an interesting description of what happens in an alarm. And it's all perfectly normal.

Amanda Ripley wrote a book "The Unthinkable", subtitled "who survives when disaster strikes and why". Not exactly essential reading but interesting. Back on topic, Arthritics will sympathise with the barometric pain thing. I've always liked thunderstorms and have a high spot nearby where I can see anything going up my local river valley and all around the Solent and Isle of Wight. I never thought it might be the electricals recharging me! Just that I'd enjoyed the spectacle and relaxed a bit. But agreed, don't sit close to trees and other conductors. Inside a car is really safe believe it or not.

We also had a storm yesterday afternoon. I was cycling home and it was a bit alarming avoiding falling branches.


Just looked the book up fenbadger it looks interesting. If you like books of that ilk have you read Tipping Point. It's fascinating but more of a dip in dip out read.

How lovely to have a high point. There is something magic about looking down on landscape.


No I haven't thanks.

Yes it's a lovely spot and I got some brilliant photos of sunsets after the Icelandic volcano (I refuse to try to spell it) I have a few places, each with different attributes. The Unthinkable is definitely not light reading.


Dear Nedd,

What a wonderful piece of prose - so evocative !

I too love thunderstorms, I relish them and revel in them and I understand what you mean - they are invigorating.

I am not sure if we absorb the electrostatic energy from the air but it is palpable and infuses me with a purposeful vigor ( well, they did before I had my accidnet and am stuck indoors now, but would definitely hobble outside just to absorb the majesty of a good cracking thunderstom.

I used to live in a small coastal town in Italay and the house was right on the small curved bay, and the hills were not far off in the distance - this lead to the thunderstorm crack and rumble lasting much longer as the sound echoes and rolled around - blissful :-)


I love a good storm and my dog goes bonkers so we head down to the beach and breath it all in! I always feel invigorated afterwards. Shame we can't bottle it and have a sniff when we slow down!


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