Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Weather folk

What is it about weather-people (male or female) that we find so fascinating? Come on, it's not just me, is it? I know it's not, because even Hollywood is mildly obsessed with them. And if Hollywood bigwigs are happy to spend their money making movies about weather-people, then they must believe there is a market.

1. Groundhog Day. Probably one of THE most perfect movies in history. About a weatherman. Bill Murray almost at his best. (See Rushmore for his best performance.)
2. To Die For. Okay, not perfect, but good. The movie that made you believe, albeit briefly, that Nicole Kidman could act. (Update: she can't.)
3. The Weather Man. About a ... yeah, you know. With Nic Cage. Great actor.

Back in 1988, of course, there was also that great hit single "John Kettley (Is A Weatherman)", by Tribe of Toffs. Extra points if you got those brackets, pop-pickers.

And these days, weather reports seem to take up more and more of our TV schedules. We are obsessed.

The following list contains some of my personal favourite weather-people (all of whom are UK-based), in alphabetical order:

Lisa Burke (pictured). Famous for the weather "phwoarcast" on Sky News. Used to always show a bit of bra out of her jacket. Now she's pregnant, so much less interesting.

"Deer-in-the-headlights girl". She's quite new, and I don't remember her name. This is what Wife and I call her. She has these massive, wide-open eyes and spends half the time looking terrified, and half the time showing us the back of her head. Utterly useless, but she tries hard and she is improving. Update: Her name's Lucy.

Carol Kirkwood. A cheery Scots lass for breakfast time.

Louise Lear. She just has a great name, doesn't she? All alliterate and stuff.

Nick Miller. Whenever he appears I just have to sing "Nick Miller, no – we will not let you go!" from "Bohemian Rhapsody". Try it next time you see him.

Francis Wilson. A bit like the Keith Floyd of meteorology. Fascinating. Like a train wreck waiting to happen.

And my personal favourite, only because she's my claim to fame, is Susan Powell. We used to live on the same street and go to the same school.

Isn't the weather fun?



Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Ian McCaskill was the second best. That fella who said there's no storms on the way n everyones trees blew over was number 1. Lost 4 trees in me garden n slept through it.

Got to admit though, they weren't sexy. Mind you Ian McCa...no better not....

09 May, 2006 21:43  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Wow, what an interesting thought. Um I LOVE Groundhog Day have seen jillions of times. I think you're right, it is perfect.

Here in Chicago it's crazy if there is a slight wind or rain, they start putting large announcements OVER the tv show you're watching, its completely paranoid and irritating.

10 May, 2006 01:32  
Blogger The Editor said...

yes why can Groundhog day be, well, relived over and over ? like err... Groundhog day.

10 May, 2006 08:45  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Going back a few years ago, the FilmFour website had a thing going where forum users would nominate their favourite films and other users could veto them for any reason, even something as straightforward as "didn't like it" -- i.e., it didn't have to be justified. The idea was to find the five films or so that everyone liked. And Groundhog Day was there for months and months and months. It was still there when I stopped going to the site, so I don't know what happened after that. Great movie.

10 May, 2006 09:31  

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