Monday, February 02, 2009

The day the information age collided with the horse n carriage age


As soon as you opened the door in the morning and put your first foot on the snow, you knew it would be that kind of day. Fresh snow all the way to your ankles. And more still falling. Not your typical London day. It was obvious trains won't run- they usually breakdown due to silly excuses like wrong kind of sunshine, leaves on the track etc. So I walked (very gingerly) towards the bustop. Wapi? No buses. So I trudge to the train station with a slither of hope that err, they've changed the habits of a lifetime. Not today.


Getting back (I know how the NMG guys felt going up Kirinyaga) to the house, log in and none of the usual London transport websites are working. This in a country where broadband access is as cheap as chips (£7 per month for speeds of up to 8mb). Clearly because nobody could get to their offices, websites were not functioning. And neither for that matter were business continuity plans. Even Heathrow was shut... All because of 2 inches of snow.


At least my son got the benefit :-) he was jumping up and down and whooping...

2 comments:

Ssembonge said...

We had 2 days of school shut down last week though most businesses were open.

Looking at the pictures in the British media, one wonders how the feeder roads will be cleared especially with the off-street parking.

I hope you enjoyed the 'holiday'.

MainaT said...

Yeah but you guys get like 2m of snow not inches...
The day was enjoyable though none of my work deadlines were moved back a day...