It’s a simple thing, isn’t it, being able to listen to a weather forecast and then plan your weekend’s activities.
Or even knowing whether the blue sky that’s tempting you to put the washing on the line will actually stay blue.
For the first time in six years the people of the United Kingdom were free to live without the threat of tyranny once again
I came across a little-known fact about the weather forecast in Britain while my Twitter was spiralling almost out of control on Friday, with reaction to the general election results coming in.
I had decided to turn my attention to other areas of the news that were at risk of slipping under the radar.
Thankfully the events to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, which fell on Friday and which were in danger of becoming totally overshadowed by endless analysis of our voting, carried on over the weekend.
But as I was reading about the 200 beacons that were to be lit around the UK on Friday to mark the day, 70 years on, that the blackout ended once and for all, I also read that Victory in Europe marked the day the first weather forecast was read out on the radio since the war had begun.
I always enjoy facts like this — little asides that seem to be throwaway comments but which actually, when you think about them, reflect very well what a country had been going through.
It’s a small thing, being able to see what the weather is likely to do.
But it gives you the freedom to plan, the freedom to get things done, and the freedom to prepare for whatever the sky is going to throw down — whether it’s sunbeams or stair rods — to still enjoy spring.
Of course the war was still raging in Asia for another three months after VE Day.
But for the first time in six years the people of the United Kingdom were free to live without the threat of tyranny once again.
It’s that freedom that has let us go to the polls in relative droves, and which has then allowed us to express our feelings at the result.
So, as Winston Churchill said on VE Day 70 years ago, I think ‘we may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing’ in our freedom.