"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Monday, February 02, 2009

Is your journey really necessary?

"Heavy snow hits much of England" says a news headline on my homepage, so I turn to read more here and, guess what? It has actually snowed in Wales and Scotland as well, not that you would know, of course, unless you live in those areas. If it's happening in the south-east, we get to hear about it ad infinitum and I sit here watching BBC Breakfast and wondering, not for the first time, why it is that everything grinds to a halt as soon as the white stuff puts in an appearance. We knew this was coming days ago, the Highways Agency maintain that they have extra officers out and gritters have been working through the night and "Everything is under control, folks!" People in Russia, Scandinavia, Canada and other places where snow is a common occurrence, must be laughing their socks off at us.
What I am really amazed at, however, is that there is no bus service in London at all. That is not to say the buses are not running. According the the item on the link above, the passengers have been standing at the bus stops for lengthy periods, only to see empty buses sailing past. Is it too simplistic to wonder why, if they are on the roads at all, they can't actually do their job and convey passengers from A to B? Can't be the wrong kind of snow. Maybe it's the wrong kind of passengers.


Flighty said...

Plenty of snow here in London. I'm glad that I don't have to go out as traffic is virtually at a standstill. As for public transport... xx

Jennyta said...

There are a few more flakes beginning to fall here now, Flighty. Enjoy your day. :)

trousers said...

"The wrong kind of passenger" - excellent! I think your cynicism on our (ie the English) ability to deal with a sprinkling of snow is very well-balanced.

Of course, the best method of transport during such weather is a pied - just because it's lovely :)

Jennyta said...

It is, Trousers, except when you need to go the 12 miles from here to Chester this morning!


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