I just got back from Oldham (my nearest town, if you wanted to know). a pleasant day of doing nothing more than putting some money in my bank (so i could order Advance Wars DS ) and my girlfriend getting some microwave noodle snacks. only the sky was really haunting. it was 27 °C but its been cloudy all day. we just got our dinners and went for a mini picnic in the art gallery grounds... and we were saying how brilliant it would be if a storm just appeared. we could have gone into the basement in the Library or art gallery or whatever... only it was fine. hot and not a drop of rain. then on the way up to the bus station i got a killer headache just behind my left eye. felt like a pressure headache. i reminded her of the time i was on holiday as a kid, it was a regular day. me, my dad and my brother and sister were walking along a stoney beach in scotland. I told my dad there would be tornado tonight (the news said it would be windy) but he didn't believe me, i mean who would?! but yea. there was a tornado. first one ever to hit this little town. i got the same headache then. so anywho... looking into the distance, Manchester was covered in clouds. you just couldn't see it. we knew something was up. got on the bus. and all was well, until a mile down the road when the heavens opened. but it was all ok still! i mean, its just rain. [i know rain can be dangerous, but we're in the hills. it just rolls off for us] but the lightning began. it was all the norm until our bus stop 5 miles from Oldham. my girlfriend pleaded that we waited inside a shop whilst it passed... only the shop seemed to be shut. we ran towards my house... running past houses that were all dark. so we came to the conclusion there was a massive power cut. and the shop really was open! a real big "d'oh" moment. so the lightning was shooting over our heads as we ran, my girlfriend was crying. i swear i was nearly too. it was striking tree's in this neighboring field. it was just amazing. sort of like you were going to die but by something immensely beautiful. at this point my headache just goes crazy. feels like my heads splitting in half. all the roads are like rivers. even now with the thunder stopped. but we got in. and i just couldn't stop laughing for a good 30 minutes, my girlfriend sorta half crying half laughing. a diluted near death experience and all that. luckily the in-house generators kicked in and we still had power. but when it came to turning the alarm off as we entered, the underground seismic detectors were going crazy! i have NEVER seen them do that before. plus the water in all the toilets has just been drained. strange thing is my headaches gone now. not BBC nor Dashboards weather widget said it would be anything more than a cloudy hot day. stranger thing is this happened last year too. exactly the same thing.