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A farmer carries wheat crop in Jammu, India

A farmer carries wheat crop in Jammu, India

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A farmer carries wheat crop in Jammu, India

In Northern Ireland, we love to talk about the weather. It is a neutral topic of discussion that provides an excuse to make small talk with strangers, break uncomfortable silences, or divert the conversation away from more controversial issues.

The bipolar nature of Northern Irish weather — where torrential rain follows periods of sunshine — provides a constant stream of conversation. The unpredictability of our weather means that there is always something different to talk about.


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