The Beast From The East
On the first day of snow, all adult Brits wake up with an overwhelming sense of excitement. We all have nostalgic thoughts of when we were teens or kids, numb to the cold weather, and would spend all day rolling around in the snow. I hate snow, and even I had a moment this week, looking at the unspoilt blanket in the street, thinking that I might want to build a snowman. I didn’t in the end, primarily because I hate snow!
If you are living in the UK, I bet you’re sick of hearing about The Beast from the East and Storm Emma. Roads have been blanketed, trains have been cancelled, flights have been grounded, and schools have been shut. Temperatures have dropped to -12 and some areas of the UK have been given a red warning by the Met Office, as the storm has caused a risk to life.
Despite the festive fascination we have with snow, we aren’t as prepared for extreme weather conditions as other countries because, quite frankly, we don’t have them all that often. Unfortunately, not only has the landscape frozen, life in Britain has frozen too.
For the past three days, I’ve been working from home, marking exams and planning lessons. I’ve tried to catch up on some house work. I’ve also caught up on some TV shows. But what I can’t seem to forget is just how behind I’ll be when I get back to work next week. I doubt I’m the only one feeling this way. A number of non-essential operations in hospitals have been cancelled, and therefore need to be caught up. People who haven’t been able to (or haven’t wanted to) leave home haven’t gone to shops, or restaurants, or attractions, which ultimately means businesses don’t make a profit.
I hope that this extreme weather lets up soon; I feel a bit like a prisoner in my own home.
What have you all been doing this week? Let me know in the comments section!