It has been a bit of a mystery to me, up until a few days ago. I used to wonder why talking about the weather was such an easy icebreaker in England.
It suddenly dawned on me - and the answer was pretty simple. Here goes.
- In England we all share the weather. It's the one great thing that all the English share the same joys and miseries. I mean this is so obvious that it isn't appealing. But it is true. The weather is there for all of us.
- We suffer or enjoy the weather together. So that common union with the weather makes it easy to talk about.
- It's a force that we have no control over. So it is like common friend or foe.