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!

7 comments:

Cristi said...

Glad tpo read you could also enjoy the day outside in the snow. It was a great day and people were in a really good mood. We have to thank TfL for being incompetent and providing a day off for most people :).

svllee said...

Hi Cristi, thanks for visiting! Did you get some shots too? Will come over..

h3l3n said...

wondering if theres more snow storm to come!

svllee said...

Thanks for dropping by h3l3n. Hope so! although it looks like rain at the moment..:-(

-f-l-o- said...

Hi Steve,

It has been a while since I dropped by. I was scheduled to fly at 6.45am from Aberdeen last Thursday, the day the snow started in Scotland! But ended up flying at 11am... most flights were cancelled.

Flying off to Gatwick again this coming weekend for 4 days trip, hopefully better luck this time or Valentine's is going to be ruined. :P

Hope the fog is not too bad and that you managed to take more of those great photos despite such a cold weather. (-11 deg Celcius up north today!)

Flo,
Scotland

svllee said...

Hi flo from Scotland,...txs for dropping by. Aberdeen must feel like Spring for now! If you are ever in London, do give me a shout for some teh tarek or something.

An-Nimr said...

My God,

That third picture is BRILLIANT...GORGEOUS! well all of them are...heheh, but love that one most!