Saturday, March 17, 2018
The beast from the east returns
Blighty is currently being hit by another cold snap, a few weeks after the last one which was dubbed by the media "the beast from the east".
However the temperature is still above 0C so the snow is melting rather than settling, hence its not very photogenic. Instead here's a photo from Geneva showing one of the marinas frozen over, something which hasn't happened to the Thames since 1814 when an "elephant was led across the river below Blackfriars Bridge".
No chance for an Elfstedentocht here on the Thames. If you haven't heard of this its a 200 km ice skating tour / race held in Friesland in north Netherlands whenever the ice is thick enough, which apparently is not very often.
You can get a feel for it (and the intense cold) in this Public Service Broadcasting (the band) video: