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London got a few inches of snow, and the city effectively ground to a halt. Planes, trains, tubes and automobiles were all useless. At one point, we heard that "all 500" gritters (that's sand spreaders for the yanks) were out on the roads. Five hundred total for all of the UK. LOL.

Walking past the 47 Degrees store on Fulham Road, it was hard to miss the guys from the shop on the sidewalk. They were taking turns trying to hit a small kicker/ramp up onto a picnic table. After a few tries (and one epic fail that I'm sorry I didn't film) one of the guys managed to pull it off in style. Certainly not something you see everyday on the streets in London ...


Here's a shaky digicam video made in haste and in awe of the snowday. There are scenes like this all over the city. This one is from our street, Fernhurst Road.


There's also a gallery of snowday photos from Fulham up on Flickr.

For a good laugh, read the news stories. Here's a Sky classic, "Snow Escape From The Big Freeze" and The Guardian answers some "Snow travel chaos Q&A":
So where were the snow ploughs? Most London boroughs don't have them and for plausible reasons. Westminster said: "Where do you put the snow?" The only place would be to pile it up on the pavement, creating further hazards. More interestingly, perhaps, Camden said ploughs are not viable in London as they cannot negotiate speed bumps.
At least us kids had a good time ...


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