Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Snow joke

If you live in the south of England, like we do, you might have noticed that it’s been snowing. A lot. I am writing this from my house, where I expect to be for quite some time, as my Peugeot 206 does not come with snow chains (some NPD for next year, perhaps?). I’ve been wondering, how many other people are stuck at home? Has the economy ground to a halt?

Snow days aren’t what they once were. I have a laptop, server access, a mobile phone… no excuse to stop working. Lucky me! It’s not as much fun as being in the office, but very little changes, except I get to wear my dressing gown over my clothes when I get cold. I’d imagine a lot of the media industry is in the same position, as the benefit of our job is you can do it anywhere. If you have an iPhone or a Blackberry, you can even work while you’re staying overnight in your car (as hundreds of very lucky people had to do in the South East last night).

I’d imagine that other professions are hit a bit harder in extreme weather conditions. My boyfriend, who works with children, is having some ad hoc holiday at the moment as neither he nor said children can get to his place of work. Anyone who builds things, or drives things, is probably at home as well. This must have a massive effect on the economy, especially if the snow carries on for several days, as it is at the moment. I expect the weather is also having a pretty detrimental effect on insurance companies, as cars slide off the road into ditches, bushes, other cars… I hope no-one is too attached to their no-claims bonus.

We all wanted a white Christmas… is this a case of being careful what you wish for? How is the weather affecting you? Do you think I’m being a bit of a Scrooge about the whole thing, or are you finding it harder to drive home for Christmas than Chris Rea?

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