Doomsday, take 10.

N woke me up this morning with the words, ‘It’s snowed!’ Peeking my head out the window, I groaned at the white stuff on the ground. Switched on the news and everyone at the BBC was in a panic, repeating the words ‘worst’, ‘cold-snap’, ’30 years’, ‘more snow’, ‘trapped’, ‘abandoned cars’ and, well, more of the like. So I bundled up. Leggings. Jeans (even on a workday). Tank-top. T-shirt. Fleece. Socks. More socks. More socks in purse. Coat. Hat. Scarf. Gloves. I was like the kid in ‘A Christmas Story’ who couldn’t put his arms down. More reports on the news of people panic-buying at stores, airports shut, trains de-railing and services shut down.

So I left for work at 7:20… nearly a half hour early. I waddled down the stairs of my building, expecting the worst; after all, it takes a lot to close an airport, right? Got to street level and……… a dusting. That’s right. A freaking dusting. The bus service ran smoother than it does on a normal day. No problems. I was nearly 45 minutes early to work. That’s London–and the general atmosphere when it snows. Everyone absolutely freaks out. Now, I’m not discounting the fact that lots of other places in the UK have been snowed under. Even parts of North (way north) London are unable to get out. Fine. But really? All of the panic on the news? Was it really necessary?

The thing I need to point out about the news here is not local to London–it’s UK wide. All news is like that… especially in the morning. If I want to hear local London news, there’s a 3 to 5 minute slot every 45 minutes or so where they briefly do London-news-weather-traffic. Needless to say, I pay my t.v. tax, £142, a year for this (t.v. tax is a whole entry on its own). I pay for panic stricken presenters who, between doom-saying and flirting with one another shamelessly and tackily, don’t deliver my local news anyhow.

They’re saying it’s ‘going to get even worse’ this afternoon as more snow moves in. I can’t say I believe them–but I will keep my eye on things in case I do need to leave early. Most airports are still shut, and Heathrow, one of the only still open, is contemplating closure as well. So there you go.

Anyhow, I thought this was cool:—photos-18136/album/deserted_london_at_christmas/390 This guy went around on Christmas and took photos of normally-busy areas that were deserted. It’s a bit spooky, but definitely worth a look.

And for those of you who are interested: Snow Coverage on the BBC website:

Light snow here at the office.


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