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BBC News “UK snow: Zoomable Mosaic of Your Pictures”

イギリスはここ1週間寒波に見舞われ、寒い日が続いている。上2枚の画像は、BBC Newsウェブサイトで見つけた「zoomable(拡大できる)」写真のモザイク。雪の公園にいる2匹の鹿の画像、「+」を何度もクリックしていくと、徐々に、人々がBBCに過去1週間の間に送ってきた、多くの雪景色の写真が現れる。巧妙で、面白い。

↓ 下の写真は私が撮った、近所で一番の出来の雪だるま。

UK has been experiencing big freeze for a week, and I found an interesting ‘zoomable’ mosaic on BBC News website (top photo). When you zoom in by clicking ‘+’ many times, you start to see many pictures that people sent BBC of the snow in the past week (second photo). Clever.

↓ Here is my photo of the best-looking snowman in my neighbourhood.


Frozen Britain: the Country in Chaos…Again

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UK’s traffic has been paralyzed since Friday, due to the big freeze affecting Northern Europe (related article/past entry of my blog). It’s the busiest time of the year just before Christmas and the cold front came at the worst timing. The highest temperature in London has been just 1º, and there is no sign that the snow piled up on the street would melt away, at least until Christmas. London’s Heathrow airport, one of the busiest airport in the world, has been experiencing numerous flight cancellations and severe delays, and has been barely functioning. Thousands of desperate passengers have to bare with never-ending waiting on the floor of the airport, with a slightest hope of good news, that may not come for at least few more days.

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航空便だけじゃない。鉄道も遅れやキャンセルが目立ち、ユーロスターの発着駅であるセント・パンクラス駅は、行列を作る客約6,000人が構内に入りきらず駅をぐるっと半周、その長さは何と約2km。この寒空の中7時間待ちだとか(以下ビデオ/参考記事)。それでも、その日に運良く電車に乗れるという保証はない。そんな人たちを不憫に思ってか、Salvation Army(救世軍)のバンが駅にきて、紅茶やコーヒーの暖かい飲み物を人々に振る舞った(記事)。

Not only the air traffic, but rail networks have had severe disturbances such as delays and cancellations. Today at St Pancras International station, around 6,000 passengers of Eurostar have been waiting on a queue, stretching 1.2 miles/2km around the station, for seven hours under this freezing sky (video below/related article). There is no guarantee that they could get on the board today, though. For these poor passengers, Salvation Army‘s mobile canteen came on site, handing out hot tea and coffee for a little warmth (article).

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There is nothing I can say but sorry to these people in the chaos. The government insists that this is the extreme weather that country hadn’t experienced for decades, but UK has encountered this severe cold winter three years in a row. According to a meteorologist on BBC news yesterday, this trend may continue despite the global warming… I hate cold!!

↑トラックの横転により、混雑する高速道路/An overturned lorry caused traffic jam on the M25

↓ 金曜までのロンドンの天気予報/5-day weather forecast in London

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A Bad Day for England




Today’s news in UK is all about England’s failure to host World Cup 2018 and big chill which has been staying over UK for several days.

About the World Cup 2018, which could have brought £3 billion economic boost, the bid team as well as British media were so confident until the bid today. Big names such as Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham traveled to Zurich to attend the final presentation, and bookies named England as the favorite after frontrunner Russia’s Putin decided not to attend the decision and British thought it was a sign of Russia’f fall out of the race. The national expectation heightened to the maximum – until the vote started. The result was a huge disappointment and disaster – England got only two votes and kicked out on the first round.

Media blames that the undercover report of the Sunday Times and BBC’s Panorama aired on November 29 accusing FIFA’s corruption, as the reason of England’s loss by causing FIFA’s anger, but come on! Everybody knows that money, negotiation, deal-making and politics are involved in deciding the host nation of the biggest event of the sports in the world, and FIFA, a powerful international association, is obviously not clean and fair. You were not born yesterday! You never know what really happened behind the door when London was chosen to host 2012 Olympic Games. Also why England wants all major sporting events anyway? London hosts the 2012 Olympics, and after, big events such as 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and the 2019 Cricket World Cup come to UK That’s quite enough. Give other countries an excitement too!


Big freeze has struck UK since last weekend, three winters in a row (past entry 1/2/3). It snowed yesterday, and our balcony became like this ↓ (also see BBC photos). Every time “big” snow (for Brits, but obviously not for Scandinavians or North Americans) hit UK, the country gets panicked and falls in a big chaos, as British winter is not severe on contrary to its public image abroad. The Time’s American journalist wrote that British’s unpreparedness toward snow maybe intentional and a national conspiracy – so people can skip work or school. It may be a joke, but I think that could be quite a possibility…

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