Monday, 2 February 2009
No Planes, Trains, or Automobiles...
The last major snowfall in London was in 1991, and this is worse..or better, depending on your point of view. It is still falling, and we already have 7 inches locally. I know, I know, you Canadians or Russians get it far worse, but the Brits are not prepared for even 1 inch of the white stuff. Just heard that all the South East airports are closed with over 600 flight cancellations. Now that's a lot of irate passengers if you do the maths. Can't really blame the airlines, as the passengers cannot get to the airports because there are no trains, buses, or tube. Private cars are warned not to venture out unless it is absolutely necessary as the side roads aren't cleared. So its best to snuggle up at home and watch TV.
We managed to get out first thing to the adjacent park and got some snaps of the local neighbours making snowmen and playing fetch with their surprised dogs. Everyone was really happy and friendly, greeting each other "Good Morning!'' which is highly unusual here..it must the best recession-buster so far, to cheer the nation up from the gloomy economic news we get each day. There was even an impromptu snowball fight in the side street between total strangers..as the snow had made these roads impassable to most except those with four-wheel drive vehicles and a death wish.
All local schools are also ordered to shut as parents take their chidlren off to the parks sledding. I will try to walk in to Central London later to get some more photos of notabel landmarks. If I don't return, send out a search party!