England looking forward to -26C tonight

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  1. CMHypno profile image84
    CMHypnoposted 12 years ago

    and we can't even escape because Heathrow is still not fully operational and neither is Eurostar! The country has ground to a halt!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … lions.html

  2. camlo profile image86
    camloposted 12 years ago

    We've got a lot of snow here in Cologne, and it's cold; but nothing compared to what you're suffering in the UK.
    -26°C, I can't even imagine it. Hope you all keep safe and warm.

  3. Aficionada profile image85
    Aficionadaposted 12 years ago

    I forgot to "translate" to my Fahrenheit-dominated thought processes at first and just about fell out of my chair!  Bundle up, UK!  Stay safe and warm.

    1. Pcunix profile image92
      Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Still -15 F.

      Blankets over windows and doors if you can.  Bubble wrap will stick to glass with a little water and can add one R value - not much, but ever little bit helps.  Close off unused rooms and hang blankets over those doors too. 

      If you don't own an electric mattress pad, this might be a good time to buy one.

      Thermal underwear , too and of course wool socks for bed.

      1. CMHypno profile image84
        CMHypnoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the tips Pcunix!

        Have lots of hot water bottles and was given some cashmere bed socks as a Christmas present last year which are super warm!

        In London, it is the people living on the streets who are really suffering in this bitter weather, although they have put some extra funds in to open some more centres where they can have a hot meal and a warm bed

  4. Greek One profile image63
    Greek Oneposted 12 years ago

    wow.. i would love Canadian winters to reach that balmy figure.

    Hope you have air conditioning to keep you cool

    1. camlo profile image86
      camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      We're just not used to it here in Central and North-Western Europe, nor equipped.

    2. CMHypno profile image84
      CMHypnoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      About 3 inches of snow have ground Heathrow to a halt - a bit of Canadian weather and we would all probably starve over here!

      There are lots of people as it is who are not getting their heating fuel delivered in Scotland who are worried about not having heat and cooking facilities over Christmas

      1. camlo profile image86
        camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        It always seems to hit the elderly worst, not to mention the homeless. Hope there are enough organisations and volunteers to help look after them.

  5. Greek One profile image63
    Greek Oneposted 12 years ago

    unless its 3 feet and over, it's just flurries

    you just have to get used to not wanting to live or move for 3 or 4 months

  6. Daniel Carter profile image65
    Daniel Carterposted 12 years ago

    Two weeks ago we were about that temp in the Rockies. Last night it was well over 40º F, and it snowed overnight, dropping the temp some, but even now, it's not that cold. Only 34º F. However, I expect to get walloped pretty soon. We had about 7 inches of snow over American Thanksgiving, blizzards daily, and airport closures for a few days. Really messed things up. Being stranded in the airport is never fun.

  7. Greek One profile image63
    Greek Oneposted 12 years ago

    As a Canadian born and bred, may I suggest the following survival tips that have helped me during the years...

    1) It is OK in a snowstorm to resort to cannibalism... the extent of which depends of the severity of the weather...
    For example, a few snowflakes here and there means you can eat your neighbor's finger.. a blizzard means the whole family and their pet.

    2) Similarly, feel free to burn anything you want to stay warm... I prefer mortgage documents, court orders, and my wife's diary.

    3) Bathing during prolonged periods of freezing cold should be avoided at all costs (less ice forms on one's private parts.)

    4) Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to invade Russia during the winter months

    1. profile image0
      EmpressFelicityposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      lol lol lol

      Thanks for the laugh - I needed it.

      I'm on the very southeasternmost tip of England which is comparatively balmy (it's currently hovering around 0 deg. C).  But it's snowing, and has been for several hours.  So I won't be going anywhere much tomorrow...

    2. CMHypno profile image84
      CMHypnoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I am sure that you could successfully invade Russia in the winter, even if Napoleon and Hitler couldn't manage it Greek One!

      Couldn't you ask Sarah Palin if you could mount your Russian invasion through Alaska and over the ice floes?

      Take a snowmobile and 300 Spartans and you will be fine!

      1. Greek One profile image63
        Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Are you suggesting that I invade Russia 'from the rear' just because I am Greek?

        I would rather mount Palin and melt her ice flows on top of her snowmobile

        1. CMHypno profile image84
          CMHypnoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          What ever way works for you Greek One!

          Conquer the Palin and then the world! (though I'm not sure that I needed the imagery! LOL)

          Apparently it's snowing in Victoria and NSW in Australia as well - at least it's actually supposed to be winter in the UK!

          1. camlo profile image86
            camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Saw that on the news tonight. I find it worrying, to be honest.

            1. CMHypno profile image84
              CMHypnoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Shades of 'Day After Tomorrow'!

              Maybe we will need Greek Ones tips on cannibalism!

      2. Sufidreamer profile image81
        Sufidreamerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Sadly, the 300 Spartans found Kostas the Goatherder's stash of Raki. I don't think they will be invading anywhere for a few weeks.

        If Xerxes had come equipped with copious amounts of alcohol, history would have been very different smile

  8. CMHypno profile image84
    CMHypnoposted 12 years ago

    Looks like Greek Ones's tips on cannibalism might come in handy in the UK as fresh food is not getting to the shops and shelves are empty in some areas.

    However, I'm sure a lot of kids are not going to cry if there are no brussel sprouts for Christmas dinner! LOL smile

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … stmas.html

  9. cre8tive profile image77
    cre8tiveposted 12 years ago

    Don't have a thermometer so not to sure how cold it's got here in Bedfordshire ~ however it was cold enough Sunday night  / Monday morning to freeze my mains water supply.

    It's working again now thankfully and I'm now keeping the heating on 24/7 which will probably bankrupt me ~ not to mention the price of petrol today - ridiculously high.

    Having said that the garden looks gorgeous and the birds are rapidly getting through my freezer full of odd bits of cake (before anyone things it's weird to have freezer full of cake, I make them for a living so always have bits left over).

    1. lyndre profile image61
      lyndreposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This is the only time of year my garden looks as good as the neighbours.  lol

      1. cre8tive profile image77
        cre8tiveposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I know, the snow does hide a multitude of sins doesn't it wink


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