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 Post subject: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 10:17 
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The wind's getting up now, so the snow's whirling about, there's a lot of snow on the ground already (and I am not very pleased with the Met Office: I'd have gone to Tesco last night, when the roads were clear, if they hadn't insisted that we weren't going to get any more snow until Friday - they got that all wrong!!) and, whilst we haven't quite got blizzards and avalanches (touch wood!), it does feel quite Chalet-ish out there. Sadly there are no herdsmen's huts or doctors out there, I have not been given the day off to have a snowball fight, and I do not carry chocolate in my pockets as I eat more than enough as it is.

Anyone else feeling as if they're in a Chalet School book :D ? Anyone actually been rescued by a doctor?

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 11:14 
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Yes I did when we went for a walk in it yesterday! I live in tne countryside;and we saw a tractor pulling up cars. The garden now has drifts and it's still falling so is storm Emma :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 13:56 
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I only just got home in time yesterday, I think. I made it into work at about 7:15 and we were told shortly after that the office was closing. It took me an hour and a half to get back along the M74, M73 and M80, it's usually about 25 minutes. I've since heard that people have been stranded on the M80 since 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, so I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn't been sent home as early as I was, as there are no herdsman's huts, no Sans and almost certainly no doctors along that route! :lol: We've had about a foot of snow so far - it's almost up to my knees now - and it's still coming down now. Fun times.

Stay safe everyone, don't go out if you don't have to, it isn't worth it!

P.S. Any Scots who are interested can track where the gritters are here: http://scotgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/web ... c0bd0b1aab I just like looking at the gritter names. :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 17:42 
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I love the gritter names :lol:

We got sent home from work yesterday and off today as well although it looks like we are back open tomorrow but staff are asked to only travel if it's safe to.

For me, this snow fall doesn't seem as bad as the one in 2010 but there are no buses running (except 1 bus to/from airport), few or no trains and a huge number of shops didn't open and the remaining ones were closing early afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 18:04 
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I was supposed to pick up a new car today but have not been able to due to snow - no longer have a car and buses were not running until recently as main road into village was blocked until only a couple of hours ago. Am on holiday this week anyway so, luckily for me, not a major problem. Though I will have difficulties come Monday if I have not been able to get car.

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 20:09 
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After two days stuck in the house by almost a foot of snow, is anyone else beginning like me to feel a Head Girl or Lavendar moment coming on?


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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 21:22 
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We haven't had that much, about 3 inches I suppose. But heavy snow us forecast overnight so tomorrow might be interesting. I am going to walk to work, not sure how many of my colleagues will make it in.


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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 21:50 
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Haven't seen snow much 'round here before, but there's plenty of it now! I've got tickets for something on Saturday, but it'll probably be postponed given the weather - can't be helped I suppose! :dontknow:

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2018, 23:01 
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There's about 6" where I am and the wind hasn't stop swirling around for the last 2 days. I haven't been outside since Tuesday, other than putting some rubbish in the bin and some food out for the birds. Even that required a heavy coat and snow boots. I do take my hat off to the paper boy though. My paper was all ready and waiting for me when I came downstairs this morning. He must have been absolutely perished by the time he got back home. I'm wondering how the milkman will get on tonight. When he was round collecting his money earlier in the week he wasn't relishing driving his lorry in the icy conditions in the middle of the night and who can blame him. The main roads are clear, but all the little side roads like mine are covered in a sheet of compacted snow/ice.


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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2018, 02:26 
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We have got off quite lightly - just a covering of snow which mainly happened early Tuesday. The town (4 miles away downhill) is probably clear. Freezing last night though -7. Tonight is -2.

Seminar I was meant to be going to on Thursday cancelled but people were going from further afield and probably not safe for some of them.

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2018, 10:01 
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Boys' school was shut yesterday and we had a lovely day. Far too cold and windy to go outside and make a snowman so we had a morning round the kitchen table, working. Five-year-old finally cracked writing the number "5" and is very pleased with himself.

Eleven-year-old buoyed up by the news he has got into his first-choice Secondary School did all his Maths homework and a practice GPS SATs paper (his idea, not mine).

After all that we spent the afternoon making gingerbread and a very good time was had by all. Very much enjoyed having an unexpected day off which was only possible as I'm convalescing and working from home.

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2018, 18:01 
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After 3 days of more or less house arrest, we managed to walk to the shops today. Got there shortly after the milk truck did, so got milk - no bread other than what they baked in-store today, no veggies, very little meat. We have enough now to keep us going for another couple of days if necessary. It has stopped actually snowing (also for the first time in 3 days), and the diggers are starting to come into the estates to make an attempt at clearing. I may or may not be able to get into work on Monday, we'll see what the train situation is by then. At least we haven't lost power or heating, as some have, so it hasn't been too bad.


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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2018, 18:49 
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Sainsbury's had sold out of milk today, but other shelves seem to have plenty of stuff


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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2018, 19:37 
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I realised what a grumpy old woman I had become when I was chuntering to myself about the children making slides along the pavement!

Having had to break path through knee-deep snow to replenish the bird-feeders, I felt very CS-ish in being able to just brush off the dry powder snow - most unusual for this country.


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PostPosted: 03 Mar 2018, 19:51 
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I walked up to Asda earlier and the bread aisle looked as though Armageddon had hit. :lol: There were notices on the empty shelves saying there was a limit of two loaves per customer - my mum said she saw someone trying to buy six at once, only to have four taken off her at the checkout. I mean, the thing only lasted three days and the thaw had already begun by yesterday evening as stated in the forecast, so why the mad panic when everything will be more or less back to normal by Monday? My brother and I were more worried about the Irn Bru supply running out, fortunately the local shop is still well stocked. :D

Some of the stuff posted on Facebook about it has been hilarious; someone building an igloo in Glasgow city centre, someone sculpting two giant snow feet and claiming we'd had two feet of snow, Neds running a black market on loaves, a guy standing outside a silent Silverburn giving a very Weegie commentary on the gravity of the situation...

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2018, 20:21 
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As usual, the media create panic! According to the BBC website, the National Grid was about to run out of gas and shops were running short of bread and milk. It only started snowing on Tuesday!!

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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2018, 20:52 
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Some little (*censored*) looted and destroyed a Lidl not too far from us last night. That's bad enough, but what's making me super angry is the absolute fools defending them online saying "that's what the government deserves", "that's what Lidl deserves for treating their employees badly", and "big corporations can deal with that". "Hooray for digger looters"(!) I seriously doubt that they were disgruntled employees, activists, or anything other than opportunistic little brats, and I defy anyone to prove otherwise to me. Show the government your feelings in some way other than destroying your own community, putting people out of jobs, and stopping your neighbours from buying their essentials.


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Some little (*censored*) looted and destroyed a Lidl not too far from us last night. That's bad enough, but what's making me super angry is the absolute fools defending them online saying "that's what the government deserves", "that's what Lidl deserves for treating their employees badly", and "big corporations can deal with that". "Hooray for digger looters"(!) I seriously doubt that they were disgruntled employees, activists, or anything other than opportunistic little brats, and I defy anyone to prove otherwise to me. Show the government your feelings in some way other than destroying your own community, putting people out of jobs, and stopping your neighbours from buying their essentials.


I actually thought Lidl treated their employees rather well. Totally shocking that we can be reduced to such violence for the sake of some milk and bread. And why do people need several loaves and pints of milk??

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I walked up to Asda earlier and the bread aisle looked as though Armageddon had hit. :lol: There were notices on the empty shelves saying there was a limit of two loaves per customer - my mum said she saw someone trying to buy six at once, only to have four taken off her at the checkout. I mean, the thing only lasted three days and the thaw had already begun by yesterday evening as stated in the forecast, so why the mad panic when everything will be more or less back to normal by Monday? My brother and I were more worried about the Irn Bru supply running out, fortunately the local shop is still well stocked. :D

Some of the stuff posted on Facebook about it has been hilarious; someone building an igloo in Glasgow city centre, someone sculpting two giant snow feet and claiming we'd had two feet of snow, Neds running a black market on loaves, a guy standing outside a silent Silverburn giving a very Weegie commentary on the gravity of the situation...


I've seen the posts where there are giant bears/robot looking things, they are quite funny.

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PostPosted: 03 Mar 2018, 21:44 
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whitequeen wrote:
Some little (*censored*) looted and destroyed a Lidl not too far from us last night. That's bad enough, but what's making me super angry is the absolute fools defending them online saying "that's what the government deserves", "that's what Lidl deserves for treating their employees badly", and "big corporations can deal with that". "Hooray for digger looters"(!) I seriously doubt that they were disgruntled employees, activists, or anything other than opportunistic little brats, and I defy anyone to prove otherwise to me. Show the government your feelings in some way other than destroying your own community, putting people out of jobs, and stopping your neighbours from buying their essentials.


I actually thought Lidl treated their employees rather well. Totally shocking that we can be reduced to such violence for the sake of some milk and bread. And why do people need several loaves and pints of milk??



There was no milk and bread involved. All they took was beer, apparently. This wasn't someone too desperate to wait for them to reopen that needed food.


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 Post subject: Re: The Beast from the East
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2018, 00:33 
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Lidl's employees are on more than the minimum wage I think?
As to empty aisles, it isn't only people panic buying that causes it, delivery lorries can't get there so there's nothing to restock with.........?! Transport problems can have a knock on effect - my friend's in a show next week and the hired costumes were arriving on Wednesday. The van is snowed in so can't deliver and the company were appealing for a couple of 4x4's to go and fetch them tomorrow morning and take them straight to the theatre for the dress rehearsal. :dontknow:

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