I am gemused to read that the council of my old university town of Edinburgh have recently become a tad worried about the wind.
This is rather surprising, as anyone who knows Edinburgh knows full well that it is a windy city!
Anyhoo, the council have got bees in their bloomers over the possible danger of gusts of wind blowing away street parasols and other street furniture etc erected (can I say "erected"?) by pubs, cafes etc.
It seems that the council is so worried that they have requested pubs, cafes etc with outside parasols etc to conduct regular "wind checks" using an anemometer; and to compare the readings to a specially prepared chart which warns when the gusts may be strong enough to blow the parasol etc away.
In the event the wind reaches the "red zone", the parasols are meant to be "de erected".
All very nice I'm sure. However, the size of the parasols needs to be taken into account plus the fact that 99% of cafes/pubs who have parasols are wise enough to have already tethered them to the ground with massive concrete blocks.
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