Monday, 11 January 2010

It's Snow Joke

You know how in many countries an abundance of snow simply means that everyone sighs at the beautiful landscape and kids look forward to snow fights and building snowmen when they get home? Well in Great Britain, a lot of snow is no joke at all. It’s the next worst thing to a terrorist attack. Okay, that’s a wild exaggeration but it does affect us pretty badly!

Last year, 5 inches of snow shut down a significant section of London’s public transport system. This year, there’s been a lot more snow, but still we’ve had a lot more time and recent experience to prepare for it, right? Wrong. Yet again, we have public transport mayhem, delayed trains, children staying home from school, workers unable to get to work, grit and salt running out on a national level and until recently, the threat of gas shortage. It’s not like we’re talking about a hurricane or an earthquake. Yes, we had up to 20 inches of snow in some places but is that seriously enough to shut down whole cities?

I can’t help but think someone somewhere is not doing something right…

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