Weekly Weather: Clouds


“Where do you think you are going with that camera Miss?”

“I heard today is open day and a few photos would be a good idea.”

“We do not entertain good ideas at a nuclear power plant. Anything might happen and photos are not allowed, it would spoil our reputation for the general public. And what are you carrying under your arm. That box looks very suspicious.”

“I don’t know what your function is at this power plant, but I was of the opinion that you would recognise a geiger counter when you saw one.”

“Madam, you cannot enter our power plant with a geiger counter and a camera. They will have to be left at the door.”

“Now wait a moment. I have always wanted to visit this place. I live in the next village and see the clouds of smoke rising into the sky all the time. Whether it is snowing, raining, sunny or a storm, we always have a cloud somewhere over our head. If I take a plane somewhere, I always know when I am approaching home as I see the smoke billowing up through the normal clouds. Your chimney is a land mark and now I want to see it for myself.

How do I know this place is safe? As for all I know that permanent cloud leaving your chimney could be radio-active. I might even begin to glow in the dark.”

“It is perfectly safe here. There is absolutely no danger, but you must understand. If the other visitors see you walking around with a geiger counter and a camera they might get nervous.”

“I am already nervous. You should see my cat at home. I no longer have to search for him at night, I can see him glowing. I am sure if I switch on this geiger counter it will begin to make suspicious noises. Look.”

“Madam if you switch that on I will have to call the federal police, it will be a breach of the secrets act.”

“And what if it begins to tick, tick, tick.”

“It will not tick, simply because our plant is safe. There are no leaks.”

“Then what does that permanent cloud coming out of your chimney contain? I am sure it is not from the water you are boiling for your tea break. That is leaking all the time.”

“It is not water, but the steam that our plant produces when operating.”

“How do I know it is not radioactive steam. It is suspicious that I am not allowed to switch on my geiger counter for a start. I do not trust you. And what about my cat that glows in the night?”

“Cats are not my responsibility, only our nuclear power.”

“Then switch it all off. All I want is a cloud free sky like in the old days when we had electricity from the pylons and not this mystery stuff that comes out of a king sized chimney.”

“Madam, if I switch it off, you will have no power. Your television will not work, your washing machine will stop and your vacuum cleaner will have no current. You will not even be able to iron your husbands shirts.”

“I don’t care about my husband’s shirts, he can wear t-shirts. At least my cat will no longer glow in the dark.”

“You cat is alive so there cannot be anything dangerous. There must be another reason for him glowing.”

“Of course there isn’t. He went missing one night and the neighbour brought him home. He had sneaked through the barbed wire enclosing your cloud belching chimney and since then he has been glowing.”

“In that case, madam, for the safety of the country I will have to put your cat into quarantine. Did he perhaps drink some of the water in the tank next to the chimney.”

“I don’t know, do you think that is the reason? In any case I am not giving my cat to you or any other nuclear power plant person, at least not until I can switch on my geiger counter, or until there are no longer clouds hovering over my house every day.”

“Joe what’s that ticking I can hear.”

“It’s my new watch of course Fred: best Swiss quality.”

“And who was that lady that just rushed past me as if she was doing a marrathon.”

“Just one of the neighbours getting suspicious about our safe electric nuclear power plant and thought she would do a geiger counter test to prove how dangerous we are. As soon as she heard my watch she made a run for it.”

“Silly lady, of course we are not dangerous We save money on the elecricity. We don’t even need to switch it on at home, me and the missus just glow all on our own.”

Weekly Weather: Clouds

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    • This was sort of based on a true happening. they did have an open day in Gösgen and the public were invited to come and have a look to convince them that everything was under control. It was at the time when we had one of those swiss referendums about reducing the nuclear plants. One person turned up with a geiger counter and either he got rid of it, left it at the door, or he left. Her preferred to leave – now what did they have to hide?


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