2 February 2009

Snow day costs Britain £1.2 billion

...or so says the Telegraph*. So does this mean that global warming might, at least in the short term, save Britain billions per year in restored productivity? If so, can't just a teeny tiny bit of that be used to celebrate British maritime and scientific history in the form of a new Beagle? While we're all scratching our heads over that one, here's a bit gratuitous of snow-day photo blogging:

Wimbledon Common, London, earlier today.

*The Telegraph also bestows the honour of 'editor's choice' on Steve Jones' recent exercise in plot loss (about which more later), for whatever that's worth in relation to how trustworthy their reporting above may be.

7 comments:

Eamon Knight said...

Snow? You call that snow? You Brits don't know from snow! Now this is snow:
http://thinkingforfree.blogspot.com/2008/03/12-days-to-spring.html

Bob O'Hara said...

The new Beagle won't need to be fitted out for ice breaking, will it?

I'm finding this outbreak of show down there rather amusing. You can see why I enjoy Finnish winters now, can't you?

Lorna said...

Great tie-in Beagle snow day post!
ps I love the gratuitous photo!

John Beagle said...

Looks like you blokes got snowed on like we did in Ohio.

I love the name of your blog and read it with each new post.

Rana said...

Obviously only Prof Jones can say for sure, but that Telegraph headline seemed to be a most egregious and misleading headline - the equivalent of unrepresentative quote-mining to fulfil a particular editorial agenda.

Karen James said...

Though I am not a Brit and in fact have photos like Eamon's from my childhood in Colorado, and would love to have Bob's Finnish winters, I am compelled to jump to England's defense on this one. The heartier-than-thou snorts over London seizing up ('those modern Brits can't handle the snow the way we can/the way they could way back when' etc. etc.) is really irritating. It has far more to do with ill-equipped infrastructure (i.e. no snow-removal equipment for roads or rails - the cost of which isn't really justified considering the rarity of these events - and thus it is actually impossible to get to work if you don't live within walking distance ...and who can afford that?) and over-cautious officials than some kind of mass freak-out by hysterical snow-phobic Londoners.

@Rana Well I thought that might be the case but then I came across silly statements like this: "I hope that, by [Darwin year's] end, its subject's beard, his gastric troubles and even his voyage on HMS Beagle will have faded from public consciousness."

And now this comment is longer than my original post by a factor of ten. Silly ol' blogosphere...

Peter Mc said...

Ta Karen. You've saved me a rant.