it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good

it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good

Even the most negative or harmful situations usually benefit someone. Thus a situation that benefits no one must be truly bad (and rare). The rain caused flooding, but it may help the farmers. It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
See also: any, blow, good, ill, nobody, that, wind
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Of course it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and this region benefits through its energy export receipts whenever instability either locally or internationally blows up.
However, it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good and I for one am punching the air in delight at the news that the BBC's live coverage of the party conferences will cease as part of the cutbacks.
IT'S an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and while connections of Dorback, the long odds-on favourite in the 6f novice, were left bewildered by his poor showing, trainer Ian Wood and owner Paddy Barrett were celebrating the 12-1 success of Perfect Ch'i, whose head success over 80-1 shot Marafong provided the daughter of Choisir with her second victory of the campaign.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good and one trade that's thriving as the rest of us join the dole queue is the repossession business.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, so who knows, perhaps the world-wide economic downturn will bring some benefit to the angling scene in Wales.
IT'S an ill wind that blows nobody any good and the hurricane that swept through the financial markets has proved a godsend for our beleaguered Prime Minister.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and while the country teeters on the brink of recession it is becoming clear that fast-changing trends among consumers do not necessarily represent a turn for the worse.
IT'S an ill wind that blows nobody any good, as Richard "Hamster" Hammond's 300mph car crash is showing.
THEY say it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
THEY say it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and that applies to Allister Boyd, who has turned round his years of suffering from cancer to help others.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good - and the credit crunch is no exception.
But it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good and the incessant rain means most farmers have got more grass than they can shake a stick at.
IT'S an ill wind that blows nobody any good, as Huntingdon discovered when they were inundated with racing fans yesterday.
THEY say it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and the wintry blasts that forced the postponement of the Scottish round of the Angling Times Super Cup have proved no exception.
But it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and without remotely taking comfort from seeing his predictions come true, Lewis is now perfectly placed to display his ready-made analysis of a tragedy that he sees as 'a microcosm of post-war British industry as a whole.