Several weeks ago, there were a few very brief reports in the media of how a ridiculously cold 'arctic winter' was on the way, and that it was very likely that we would all freeze to death.
Of course, at the time we were enjoying a (now typically) mild September, so we just scoffed, ignored this news and adjusted the angle of our sun loungers. In October we were still strolling around town in shorts and flip-flops and we believed that cold weather was now a thing of the past, alongside red squirrels and Brookside. We were happy.
Now we are cold. Cold beyond belief. This freeze has caught us all by surprise and quite frankly we're wondering if we're going to make it through to March. Here in the Londonist dungeon, we've had to pile all the office furniture (you can have office furniture in a dungeon you know) in the middle and set in on fire, just so that we can carry on working. Mike just went to get some more milk and was heard to utter 'I am just going outside and may be some time' as he left. It's getting pretty grim.
Anyway, why not cheer yourself up by GAMBLING! According to these chaps, many a punter has decided to have a flutter on the chances of a White Christmas in London this...errrr...Christmas. You can get odds of 9/2, which are bound to shorten, so squeeze into your thermals and get down to that betting shop. Here's what else you can waste your cash on.....
18/1 that the lowest recorded temperature in England will be beaten (-26.1C, Jan 10 1982, Shropshire).
16/1 that the lowest temperature in Scotland will be beaten (-27.2C, Jan 10th 1982, Aberdeenshire).
22/1 for the record in Wales to be beaten (-23.3C, 21st Jan, 1940 Powys).
100/1 that the Thames will freeze over between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.
100/1 Big Ben Fails to chime due to being frozen solid.
Wow, Big Ben freezing solid, imagine that....those poor dudes from Fathers For Justice would be in real trouble then.