Britain is closed for business

Almost as if to prove my point, Britain has been deluged with snow overnight, and everybody is over the moon about it. This can only be the result of two things:

1. Nobody felt any need whatsoever to clear the pavement outside their house, to put salt down, or to take any action which may make it easier for people to walk past their house. Instead, most people will have gathered at their front window (possibly with popcorn or other suitable snacks) and watched happily as a constant stream of people fell on their arseass outside.

2. The UK rarely gets snow that doesn’t melt within three seconds of falling, and as a result is uniquely unprepared for a proper snowstorm. Trains have been cancelled, buses can’t run, and most people appear to have lost the use of their feet. Duly, most of Britain is closed down today, with workplaces apparently half full at best. It’s like an impromptu public holiday, without the need to sit in traffic for four hours en route to see your in-laws.

Typically on Britain’s first proper snow day in living memory, I’m in snow free New York. My journey to work won’t be impeded, the trains will be running, and I should be in the office on time. Where’s the justice?

15 thoughts on “Britain is closed for business

  1. Milo

    Has been a hard day but we’ve muddled through with a Dunkirk spirit! In 6 years of not talking to fellow commuters, word was passed from person to person that not just the trains but also the buses were completely suspended. The human side of people came out – a rare thing here. I now know what living through the Blitz might have been like. Never underestimate a Londoner’s stoicism old stick!

  2. Karen

    This is the one aspect of snow I miss. Here in Iceland there is no such thing as a “snow day”. Everyone is expected to make it to work no matter what!
    Snow ploughs will have been out since the first flake and the grit guys(we don’t spread salt).

    I think Ireland gets even less snow than Britain. My mother just sms’d me to let me know they had a few flakes fall and not melt! haha

  3. Trixie Trouble

    For me the only down side is that my hair is doing a good impression of Monica’s hair in the episode of Friends when they all go to the Caribbean.

  4. carrie

    You’re right, there is no justice in it. Weather here is clear and calm as well. I would LOVE to be over there right now, will have to call my cousin and see how they’re getting on with the snow.

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  5. Jt

    excellent usage of Ass over Arse…still a bit dodgy though…think this could be added to the words we shall not speakth….

  6. Expat Mum

    Yes, the Ball & Chain landed there this morning and was disgusted to find the tubes and trains cancelled, no one around to meet with and the nearest Starbucks closed. How soft has London become since my absence?

  7. Gabrielle

    you wouldn’t believe how insane it is here. London was a complete ghost town today, all over a few flakes of snow. The buses completely stopped running, and there was NO SNOW ON THE STREETS. Really frustrating.

  8. Little Sis

    Its absolutely ridiculous, London actually gets a ‘covering’ of snow for once and its like the world has ended. No trains,planes, tubes or buses, headline news on the tv – over less than an inch in the city ?!?!?!? Even Philip Schofiled let the side down and didnt turn up for This Morning !!! Never has the term ‘southern softies’ been more apt, whilst us northern monkeys carry on as normal – life goes on London – get a grip !!!!

  9. Trixie Trouble

    It was only the people from the provinces that were complaining (oh and maybe a few grown ups) – those of us playing in the snow in London were having a brilliant time!

  10. Alasdair

    Is Saint Al, the Goracle, making a speaking tour of the Home Counties, then ?

    That seems to be a remarkably accurate at least correlative association with a sudden spell of record-cold temperatures in a given area …

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