Tuesday, January 15, 2013

snow, bitch

 It snowed yesterday!

Snow can be a pain if you're a normal, cynical Brit who expects the trains to stop working and the world to come to a grinding halt.

I, however, still find falling snow absolutely magical.

All fluffy, like there's a giant fan in the sky, blowing it all around. Snow is also magical because everything becomes completely silent. The sky becomes very misty and low, and for some reason, shit seems to stop making a noise.

When the snow really starts to come down, and doesn't melt on impacting the road, you know that London is going to go quiet. Because, yes, stuff stops working.
The nutters stop talking, the trains stop rolling.

The UK transport system, is, actually by all accounts a fucking brilliant network for something that was built in the 1800s. It's the world's oldest train system, and given it's been subject to The Blitz, alone, among other things, it works astoundingly well.

People bitch. Because Brits always need something to grumble about Because an 1800esque train system can only run in the ultimate of conditions. No leaves on the track. No rain. (Too much rain - and yes this is Britain - and train anarchy of massive proportions fucks up everyone's day), no bodies on the rails, and definitely no snow.

But isn't that great? Snow that actually settles on the ground means you get a SNOW DAY. Just like what the schools do. If you can't find a replacement bus, [just don't look too hard] and you might just get to work from home and stare endlessly out the window at the swirling flakes, and quietness around you.

Snow on the ground is wonderful for 24 hours. It's crunchy and soft and everything looks frightfully pretty and foreign. Even if the snow coats a heaving tip filled with fresh nappies, it looks beautiful.

Then the pollution starts to settle in, and the snow turns black and slushy on the streets, nutters piss in it, and then everyone is grumpy again as the place takes on a resoundingly similar appearance to a frozen Winter Wonderland council estate.

If only it would settle on the fucking ground. There'd be some peace and quiet around here. And I could claim SNOW DAY.

Until then, will stare out of the window and marvel that I live in an area of the world where it actually snows sometimes. 

(While my mother experiences 35 degrees in Pretoria, I experience highs of negative one and lows of -10.)


Flarkit said...

The heat in Pta is snow joke, I tell ya. It feels worse this year than compared to previous years for some reason. Not even a blow-up pool and copious amounts of slushy cocktails and G&T's have helped!

Not sure I'd cope with -1deg maximums though...

(BTW, a solution suggestion for the spamalots: turn off the Anonymous comments option???)

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Peas on Toast said...

Flat kit - a very good plan batman, have turned off anon comments!

And good luck with that heat! X

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