For years I have tortured my siblings asking one question each Christmas, Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?
This is a line in the song (Feed the World) Do they Know it’s Christmas Time, written by Bob Geldof, and performed by Band Aid in 1984. When it came out, it was played everywhere. There was no escape into your podcast, or listen to satellite radio. There was terrestrial broadcast radio back then, and all they played was this song.
Great sentiment, I love the idea of world peace, and ending suffering. However, me in my smart ass first world problems, has focused on this one line in the song that make absolutely no sense to me.
And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?
Yes – if you don’t know the song, in the sixth refrain, they state there will not be snow in Africa this Christmas time.
FACT: Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere
This means that our good friends in Australia and New Zealand have summer during our winters. The Southern Hemisphere is closer to our Sun during this season, making for the longest days of the year. Africa could see high altitude low temperatures, say Mount Kilimanjaro, but not at normal levels. So, NO, there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas. There shouldn’t be.
Stop the presses! On January 8, 2018 the UK Express reports that there is snow, 15 inches of snow in fact, that is blanketing the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. LINK HERE
Now, I am not sure which bothers me more about this report:
- There is a concerning amount of snow happening in Africa close enough to make Band Aid correct 29 years out of 30 (there won’t be snow) or
- That the headline is in inches, and as we all know the big American shortcoming is not having converted to metric when the rest of the world has, but I rarely hear anything but Miles Per Hour watching the #1 show about cars in the world (Top Gear/Grand Tour).
Side note – I was able to convince a small group of people for about 5 seconds that the hardest part of living in Canada was converting to metric time (10 hours in a day, 100 minutes in an hour, 1000 seconds in a minute….)