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New York tells Britain’s commuters: ‘Now THAT’S a snow day!’

As the north-east US shuts down in anticipation of 30 inches of snow, many were left surprised that the UK’s national infrastructure was also disrupted by an unseasonal breeze, three drops of rain and an overly snug duvet moment. While New Yorkers contend with an historic blizzard, people in the UK have a comparable life and death struggle every morning with burnt toast, ill matching socks and ‘ a shower dial that won’t stay on six’.

New York in Spring

New York in Spring

Naturally some US citizens feel that their British cousins are big ‘Sissy Marys’. One UK commuter rebuffed the accusation: ‘It’s all very well New Yorkers guarding against frostbite by using dead seal skin as a fetid insulating wet-suit. Here in Britain I once had to wait at a railway station for at least an extra twenty minutes before finding a connecting service to Clapham Junction’.

Meanwhile in the US, roads have closed, flights have been cancelled and school children have remained glued to their PlayStation. Winter Storm Juno threatens to cause days of chaos; much in the same way that ‘leaves on the line’ in Britain caused the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.

One British driver explained: ‘Having read about the horrors of the Battle of the Somme and seen footage of the London Blitz, I can honestly say that none of it compares to the London to Waterloo buffet service. New York may look like a big snow cone, but it’s definitely a bit chilly here, and I for one are planning to stay in bed’.


4 comments on “New York tells Britain’s commuters: ‘Now THAT’S a snow day!’

  1. R Wood
    February 2, 2015

    US citizens should feel lucky that — to the best of my addled knowledge — they don’t have their own Clapham Junction. If they did the next thing they’d be demanding is their very own Milton Keynes! Actually, having said that, if they want it they can have it.


  2. Wrenfoe
    February 2, 2015



  3. perfigens
    February 2, 2015

    Don’t feel bad, if you feel you’re falling below the travails of the eastern US. Just a bit north, in southern Ontario, we tend to think they’re a bunch of ‘Sally’s’, for letting a few flakes upset their day.

    (That said…Canada isn’t the frozen landscape people generally imagine, and it’s friggin’ cold, man!)


    • Wrenfoe
      February 2, 2015

      I’m now going to use ‘bunch of sallys’ as my phrase of the week


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