Like many avid fans of the Game of Thrones series I am looking forward to Season 4 arriving around April this year.

But the oft quoted phrase “Winter is coming”, well it got me to think what would it be like to live in a world where we thought not just in 12 month cycles but were instead faced with a longer term cyclical pattern? How would we live with the knowledge that an ice age was due in 5 years?How would we live with the knowledge that say the English Lake District would be buried under 500 feet of ice?

Sure it happened before and why not again?

In some ways this is reminiscent of Neville Shute’s “On the Beach” when the last remaining people were gathering at Melbourne ( Australia ) to await the radiation clouds which will kill them all. The quote comes from TS Elliot

In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river.

and creates a rather poignant image indeed.

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Anyway back to our cold world and let’s start to talk about the Mini Ice Age.

Have a look at this graph from wikimedia…see those cold lows after the warm period leading up to the end of the 13th century?

We will talk more about these interesting times later.