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In contrast to every bugger else...

Today was meant to be the start of my sabbatical, a glorious month off work filled with nothing but books, tea, ringing builders, selling all my furniture and being mithered to death by my parents about making a start on the fabled home improvements.

Instead I am at work, because it proper, proper snowed last night. Unlike the usual faint covering which is generally a slushy, piddle-stained mess by 10am, London is all lustrous and white and filled with children shrieking with joy and bouncing off walls, parked cars and trees with excitement because school is cancelled.

No buses are running at all, which makes the streets look wrong. They and black cabs are so much a part of the way the city looks that when they're missing it registers

I can get in from where I live, unlike people who were foolish enough to go live somewhere nice and leafy like Kent. Being in has gained me lots of praise which makes me feel intensely uncomfortable, like the worst sort of swot.

The entire country (by which I mean England, not Scotland or Wales, because they are too sensible) has gone completely off its box because it has snowed, all proper like. We have access to a picture grid for the agencies here and there are 2,390 pictures under the search term "snow" just today. There are many pictures of dogs and foxes shagging in the snow, "to keep warm, nudge nudge wink wink", and at least three photographers would appear to have gone to their local zoo with the sole aim of taking a picture captioned "Arctic Monkeys".

Oh, photo agencies. Never stop being classy.

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cofax7
Feb. 2nd, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
... and where are your pretty pictures, then?

My sympathies on working on your vacation day, though! That's most unfair.
infinitemonkeys
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I have no pretty pictures though I do wish I had gone out with my camera. On the other hand in exchange for giving up one day of snowed in vacation, I get two more when it's sunnier. Yay!
marakara
Feb. 2nd, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Drudge had a pretty picture on the website.

Is a big snow storm that rare? How much snow did you wind up with? When will the town reopen?

Geez, I'm full of questions today.

Take Care (and be safe)
Mara
infinitemonkeys
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
This is the most snow we've had in London for 18 years, and yet it is still pathetic that the entire city shut down for the day. Other cities point and laugh at us. We only had maybe five inches or so but because it's so rare we all go nuts.

I think the thought process may have gone something like this: "we're hacked off, it's the credit crunch, our kids have been out since 7am going bananas in the snow and they've closed the school, bugger it, we're not going in."

I suspect a lot more people might be in tomorrow, but an awful lot of people's kids will still be off school and the transport is still knackered.
Some cool pictures
The London Eye
The Houses of Parliament
Big Ben
The Angel of the North
Chiswick
The Paras out to play late this morning
The Scots Guards


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se_parsons
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Those photos are great.

It looks like Chicago through the entire month of December, only picturesque.
timesink
Feb. 2nd, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
The entire country (by which I mean England) has gone completely off its box because it has snowed

Yeah, but is your prime minister making fun of Londoners because they can't drive in the snow? Huh? HUH?
infinitemonkeys
Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Our prime minister has NO ROOM to mock anyone at all about anything, having driven the economy into a giant bog while dirty-talking on the phone to his bffs in the city. Get off my side, you jackass. *cough*

No, he didn't say anything. He is not as cool as Obama in ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM
comice
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you had to spend the first day of your sabbatical at work, but ... pretty pictures! I saw Bojo on the news hereabouts and he's a bigger arse than I had recalled.
infinitemonkeys
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I saw Bojo on the news hereabouts and he's a bigger arse than I had recalled.

He is always a bigger arse than you recall, even if you have perfect recollection.

:::cough::: OMG!tosser!OMG!
lilydale
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm both annoyed and relieved that I am not in London with all that snow. The city must look beautiful (lack of cars really helps keep the snow clean and shiny), but all the people freaking out makes the scene a little less fun. Sorry you're at work, but it must be kind of nice out there.

Arctic Monkeys for the win!
fourteenlines
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Ahahahaha! That's exactly what happened in Portland just over a month ago. (Although, there were something like 25" of snow in my front yard. It was up to my knees!)

So you have both my sympathies and my amusement. I suspect our climates are quite similar, really. (Or at least, that's what I kept telling people when I visited England in April and everyone kept apologizing for all the rain.)
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