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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Chaos, Disaster, Apocalypse!!!

When I awoke Wednesday morning I was delighted to discover it had snowed - something that doesn't happen in London much these days apparently.
It was really only a brief dusting and it didn't last long at all.



You can see from these pictures that the fall was about 2 and a half centimeters deep.
Well.
The chaos that ensued.
The overland trains all closed.
The tubes ceased to run.
People spilled from the station into the street, milling about like upset ants.
2 and a half centimeters.
And inch or so, right?
You've got to be kidding me.
This city has been here for how long?
1000 years or something?
And there have been trains here for what I figure is about 200 of those years.
Possibly less, but surely something like that.
So you think they'd be used to it by now.
Imagine reading one of the following -
"ENDLESS RAIN IN GLASGOW - CITY ELDERS CONFUSED"
"VERY HOT DURING THE SUMMER IN MELBOURNE - WHAT DO WE DO?"
"QUITE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN CHINA - BUGGER ME!"

And one inch of fucking snow causes the public transportation system to grind to a halt.
What kind of trains are they running in this place?
The newspaper headlines yesterday said -
"ONE INCH OF SNOW - CITY IN CHAOS".
Only in London.
Anywhere else in the world it'd read,
"ONE INCH OF SNOW - CITY AMUSED"
"ONE INCH OF SNOW - CITY DELIGHTED"
"ONE INCH OF SNOW - CITY RELIEVED"
"ONE INCH OF SNOW - CITY THANKS ALLAH FOR THIS LOVELY LITTLE DIVERSION".
No.
One inch of snow was apparently too much for this city to cope with.

11 comments:

Plorr said...

And "ONE INCH OF SNOW - SUMMER IN Liaweenee"!

I lurrrrve the picture!

Anonymous said...

Tis amusing to hear about on the news :)

Paul Sørensen said...

HAHA! It happens every year at least once, and every year poeple are surprised!
A brilliant post sir, you read my mind!

Boris Hiestand said...

Your post makes me laugh like a prick, but unfortunately it is all too true, and we live in a third world nation of idiots it seems.
What a sad, sad joke.

Maybe I'll come with you when you go back to Oz

Elliot said...

My cousin David refers to England as the richest 3rd world nation on the planet.

Desiree said...

AHAH Funny stuff!!
i was at kingscross that day and the woman on the radio speaker said something like: "Take note that Due to the unexpected weather, floors in the station may be slippey." Yeah, slippery, like when it rains!?!?
styeeeewpid!!!

Anonymous said...

moan moan

Blame Thatcher, Private Wealth and Public Poverty.

Anonymous said...

sorry, 'private affluence and public squalor'

Elliot said...

Desiree - stop commenting on John K's blog. It only encourages him.

Bentos - um...thingo....cant\'t think of a reply...

Desiree said...

AHAH!! I like encouraging him. For me, there's lots to learn from his blog.

Elliot said...

The information that John K dispenses is indeed worthwhile, although it should be entirely obvious to anyone passionate about drawing.
It's the way he dispenses his information that I find hard to take.

 
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