23.03.2013 - 23.03.2013
There is scene in the film which requires a shot of our building on a windy March day. It was blustery yesterday so I grabbed my tripod. As I walked through the atrium it was obvious conditions were perfect. The glass panes were rattling on the roof and making a hell of a racket and I recorded them with my sound recorder. I walked outside and there were bits of tumbleweed flying round and it was about force 7, perhaps touching 8. A piece of white tack and a plastic tripod weren't going to keep a mobile phone stable, as my attempt at filming showed, and I went back to my flat to get a couple of bricks and a piece of sellotape. (I've been meaning to get rid of those for a while but now I could instantly see a use for them). In the meantime, we'd lost power.
I just popped in to talk to Joe about the lectures on my way back. He told me they've got him working up on the old campus on Saturday and the decrepid state of the classrooms Joe is teaching nurses in has to be seen to be believed. I once taught in was a medical room in Hailar which had a baby inside a jar, presumably one still born, though it was quite large. I just thought I'd get that in. Doesn't have much to do with anything. Anyways, I was probably back indoors for not more than 15 minutes and when I went outside again the wind was gone.
According to the website windfinder.com the next gust of wind is due at 2 pm on Tuesday. I'll be there waiting for it. But will the tumbleweed? I went to look for it later on and it had all disappeared.