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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Snow!





Agent Triple P likes snow and enjoyed the rather unexpectedly heavy fall we had this week. Where we live we had somewhere between 12 and 15 inches at it's deepest, which is a lot! South West Trains completely gave up and didn't run any trains on our line at all for two days. On the Monday most of the village turned out to observe the ever increasing carnage on the hill on the main road. Helpfully, there are road works at the top so a traffic light controls the only open lane. When the light turned green, the cars failed to get anywhere so some cars started overtaking the ones which had got stuck, shooting the lights and then of course running into other cars (sometimes literally!) coming the other way. Hilarious!



Porsche Boxter abandoned just behind lamp post!



People with rear wheel drive cars were completely stuck and we saw a fair amount of Porsche's which had been tempoarily abandoned. Indeed, poor Agent DVD had a nightmare trip back from Gatwick taking nearly eight hours to cover what should have taken 45 minutes. He had to abandon his Porsche in Esher for a couple of days. Maybe he will get a Subaru next...


Triple P's Canadian friends were all most amused by the way the country came to a halt given a few inches of snow, as there was coverage on Canadian TV. Well, actually, we have seen Canadians slithering around in the snow on the day the first snow falls. Yes, it gets cleared quicker but they have the same trouble driving until they put their snow tyres on.




In fact it was the expensive cars which were having the most problem. Uncharacteristically, Agent Triple P helped push around half a dozen cars on his walk but mainly if they had young women in them. We were particularly taken by the young lady in this green one, who we helped after taking this picture of the automotive carnage.


The whole thing begs the question as to whey all these people were trying to drive in appalling conditions in unsuitable cars. They can't all have been doctors/fireman/air traffic controllers (runs out of really useful people who might be expected to try to get to work no matter what).



Oh well, next day we had a nice walk in the woods which were looking very scenic. There were lots of people out cross country ski-ing. It was all a bit Swedish!

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