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OMG WORST SNOW SINCE 1991! BUSES ARE STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS! TUBE NOT RUNNING! SCHOOLS CLOSED! OLD LADIES IN BURQAS FALL OVER ON THE PAVEMENT! GAY FLIGHT ATTENDANT'S SMART CAR BREAKS DOWN ON UPPER TOOTING ROAD, NEEDS FIVE PEOPLE TO PUSH IT IN TO A PARKING SPACE AND HE FLOUNCES DOWN THE PAVEMENT, HIS LITTLE TRUNDLEY SUITCASE FALLING OVER EVERY SO OFTEN!

I didn't see that last one, as I was in bed, but Alex says it was hilarious.

The snow was fun yesterday, though not particularly interesting as snow goes, except, of course, for London's reaction. Which is typically to completely stop in its tracks and freak the fuck out. I understand rationally that London's infrastructure is not prepared for even this little snowfall because it doesn't happen very often. I realise that it is probably more cost effective to let the city shut down for a day once every five winters than it is to keep ready and waiting the wherewithal to deal with the snow. However, none of this stops the city's reaction from being completely hilarious.

My plane took off from Dulles last Tuesday in the middle of a worse snowstorm, from a city whose trains and buses and streets were working fine and took me to a city where half that snow stops everything. I heard Gatwick and Luton actually shut down for awhile last night, and that dozens of flights were cancelled from Heathrow. As far as I know the only flights cancelled from Dulles last week were to Allentown (because who actually wants to go there except Billy Joel?) and an Air France flight to Paris (because they are French).

Alex is working from home for now, and, being a technology journalist, has ironically already gotten press releases from the scheming media departments of certain major telecommunications firms about how their infrastructure is working fine despite the weather and the ability to connect to their office is encouraging people to work from home. While the telecommunications infrastructure might not be a con when people decide to work from home, I do suspect that they are probably staying home due to the crystalized water that fell from the sky and stopped the city and not because they can connect to their work desktops from home.

Later on Alex has a PR lunch in London, which is apparently still on and he'll have to brave the Northern Line, which in a bizarre twist of London Underground fate is one of the only lines even vaguely working. None of this actually changes my day much, except that I'll need to wear slightly sturdier shoes than normal to go buy food. I should probably do this soon, as I am getting quite hungry.
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