Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's the end of the world as we know it

Couldn't help but laugh at this from the Grauniad, complete with caption:

And with this much snow they can't even run trains in tunnels!


guthrie said...

That's not a blizzard, you can see the other end of the street.
Ok, I'm from Edinburgh, so have a slightly more robust expectation of the weather, but even so, have caption writers really forgotten what the weather used to be like a mere 10 or 20 years ago?

Hank Roberts said...

> you can see the other end
> of the street

Heck, you can see the street!

And besides, the umbrellas are not inside out, and the people holding onto them are not flying through the air.

dhogaza said...

Well ...

"Eurostar chief executive Richard Brown said the trains broke down because of the contrast between the cold temperatures and a "warm tunnel"."

This is better than the first report I saw here in the US, at They said the trains got stuck in the tunnel because they lost traction due to the contrast between the cold outside and warm inside.

That just sounded ... weird.

EliRabett said...

In 1986, which was so cold that it exposed English plumbing for the farce that it is**, Eli got snowed out in York.

**they run the waste pipes outside the houses, which, when it freezes, makes for interesting back ups.

skanky said...

Interesting, I've never known a soil pipe to freeze.

Also, for London that is a blizzard, in February's snow, I knew someone from London who helped two 13 year-olds make their first snowman.

Anyway, the trains have been running through my local tunnel no problem.

skanky said...

If you think that report's bad, wait until you read stuff about today's snow in London. ;)