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The madness of people

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

Isaac Newton

Margate, Kent, January 2020

As I strided along the seafront at Margate on Sunday morning, I was adding layers as I walked – scarf on, hat on, inner gloves on, outer gloves on. The sun was glorious; but the wind was biting, and was oh so skilled at finding gaps in my layers.

Then, in front of me, I spotted people removing their clothes!

And then running to the sea!

And swimming!


I watched for a while, in disbelief, but it was too cold to stand still. I left them to it and headed off for a cup of steaming coffee, with Newton’s quote bobbing in my head:
“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

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Copyright Debbie Smyth,  22 January 2020

12 replies »

  1. Indeed! Reminds me of the time when we visited South Africa in winter (no comparison weatherwise, though) and we were the only ones on the beach, except for the life guards – so at least they expected some idiots like us!

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