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hutch0
Date: 2009-02-02 21:02
Subject: `oh the weather outside is frightful...'
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Many others have written most eloquently about what Kim Newman has termed Snowmageddon, so I won't. Except to say it took me three hours to get to work this morning. On the basis that a picture paints a thousand words, this was my station at half past eight this morning.



This was Lower Regent Street, looking down towards The Mall.



This was Piccadilly Circus.




This was Leicester Square.




This was the statue of Doctor Johnson at the back of St Clement Dane's (of the bells of St Clement's fame)




And this was Fleet Street.



And tonight all of that is freezing.

'Nuff said.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-02 21:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If I'd had the sense I was born with (admitedly not very much) I'd have worked from home today. I don't see how tomorrow can be much worse.
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Kat: Let it Snow
User: artykat
Date: 2009-02-02 23:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Let it Snow
Um, now Hutch, you knew it was coming... why didn't you work at home? Silly boy. :) I must say, it looks particularly deep at the station. We are getting a lot of snow even as I type, has been snowing for at least five hours, and perhaps longer. I just noticed it five hours ago. Wasn't supposed to snow that much at all, but these mountains make it difficult to predict well.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-02 23:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, this is very true. Except the people I work for sort of frown on working from home unless it's absolutely unavoidable - you're expected to try and make it in to the office. If you don't...well, it's not exactly a black mark, but the management have long memories and we're going through a period where lay-offs aren't unthinkable. So you've got to try.
Having said all that, as far as Bogna's concerned this was just a hard frost. In Poland Winter snowfall is much worse. The difference is that over there the infrastructure and the culture are geared up to it. We're not.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-02-02 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was watching the weather channel last night and remarked to myself that London was getting hit hard with frigid weather. We've had some terrible ice storms here in the States, across Arkansas and the mid west. To be expected, I guess, with global warming.

The ground hog in Gobbler's Knob says we're going to have six more weeks of it.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-02 23:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've seen footage of the ice storms and the regular snow storms, and believe me what we had is nothing like as bad as that.
I think perhaps Punxatawney Phil's predictions are only for the US, but various people are predicting that the winter weather over here's going to go on for a little while.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2009-02-03 05:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know it's a b****** for commuters the emergency services, but I love snow. It came oop north last night. Looks lovely outside as I write this.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-03 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's okay, Mike, you can swear here if you want...
I don't mind the snow; it's the utter inability of the transport system to cope with it that drives me crazy.
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Lilifae: Medusa
User: lilifae
Date: 2009-02-03 09:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Medusa
Hi there - are you at work today?

My local station is closed as is the one one mile away, no trains running at all. Also, no bus services. Hubby was walking to a bus stop, far far away from home, deciding to try his luck, and our neighbour came sliding past in his car and offered him a lift to a station where the DLR is running, so he's getting into work like that.

Yesterday was a blast, today is just embarrassing. I can thankfully work from home...but feel so guilty about it. I live in Beckenham which is half an hour into London by train and our train services are making out like we live in Siberia by not running!

Plucks at hair. I hate TFL sometimes.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-03 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hiya. Yes, I was at work again. Things were a little better where we are - Finchley/Muswell Hill - today. The buses were running this morning and the Piccadilly Line had a sort of normal service. The trains, though, were still all screwed-up, and remain so tonight.
You're right, it is embarrassing. One of my colleagues lives in Twickenham, which isn't exactly on the edge of the world, and he couldn't get in today again because his trains and buses weren't running.
Yesterday I managed to get as far as Oxford Circus and had to walk from there to Fleet Street, and it was bloody eerie. No buses, very little traffic, not very many people - and most of the ones I did see seemed to be tourists. Shops were shut, Covent Garden was more or less deserted. That shot of Fleet Street was at half past eleven in the morning; it was busier between Christmas and New Year when everyone else was on holiday.
I know how you feel about TfL. I feel that way all the time.
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teacher_bear: Winter
User: teacher_bear
Date: 2009-02-03 13:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Winter
Which station is that?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-03 22:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
New Southgate. The next stop north of Alexandra Palace.
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teacher_bear
User: teacher_bear
Date: 2009-02-04 19:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you! It is nice to see one of those Victorian (?) viaducts again!! What street goes over the tracks or is it another railway? Is that station an underground or overground?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-04 23:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not sure whether it's Victorian or not, but the rail line is the main-line between King's Cross and Leeds/York/Newcastle/Edinburgh so I guess there's been a bridge of some kind there for a long time. New Southgate also serves the trains from Welwyn Garden City to Moorgate.
The road that the bridge carries goes from Arnos Grove, through Friern Barnert, and on to North Finchley.
And yes, it's an overground station.
Little historical fact. Once upon a time this little part of North London was called Colney Hatch, and so was the station, but just to the left of the pic is what used to be the old Colney Hatch asylum, and one of the reasons the station is there in the first place was to bring sightseers to gawp at the patients. The locals, though, weren't keen on having the place where they lived known primarily for the Hospital, so they voted to change the name to New Southgate. This despite the fact that Southgate is some miles to the North.
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