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06 January 2010 @ 11:25 am
Snow Day!  
(This is my only icon with snow in it - I think :)

Where I am in Oxford we had about six to ten inches depending on whether it has drifted or not. It's very pretty, my next door neighbours were giggling like fools and building a snowman at 10.00pm last night :) There are now another five just like it in my road alone.

I struggled into work today (I walked - yes, I know - me!) only to get there and be told half an hour later that the university was closing, so I had to go home again - I took a bus part of the way this time, since they seem to be running.

So, this is all good so far, but the kicker, having got home and prepared to snuggle in, is to find that my satellite dish must be covered in too much snow, my Sky+ can't find a signal, and therefore won't even show the stuff it's already got recorded. Boo.

Although it's not like I don't have dvds :)
 
 
 
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on January 6th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Ours is working fine, but I'm not sure I'd recommend walking over here just for TV. ;-) But if you want company, you'd be welcome, of course.
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Now that's a thought! I'm snuggled in for now, and it's still snowing, but I reckon we'll be going stir-crazy if this keeps up! :) Winnie already is!

I doubt I'm going in tomorrow either, what do you reckon, can I pop over then?
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on January 6th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sure! smallclanger will undoubtedly be home too, but we have games he can manage as well as TV etc.
the camelion Poetaltogetherisi on January 6th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
THERE IS SO MUCH SNOW HERE. Every now and then I go to look, and its still coming down and piling up...
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
I know! I think it's finally stopped now, and according to the BBC it doesn't look like there'll be more until the weekend, but it's unprecedented! I haven't seen snow like this for YEARS!
LauraB1: JB DS shock!laurab1 on January 6th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Snowed in, too. Had enough of BBC Radio Oxford, so that's gone off. Our Sky is working, surprisingly.

Oh, and the RSC are doing Morte D'Arthur at Stratford, in the summer.
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
If I could get the snow off the dish I'm sure it would be fine but the trouble with that is that it's on a pole about three foot higher than my roof (due to a big tree across the road). Even on my ladder, I don't think I can get anywhere near it!

Woo hoo - want to go?
LauraB1: Jack/Estelle heartlaurab1 on January 6th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Would you pick me up, if we did? ;)

We went to their Arabian Nights on Boxing Day, and had a great time :))) I'm going to post on my LJ, see if any more Merlin fen want to come - Sat 26th June looks most convenient.

ETA post link - http://laurab1.livejournal.com/467694.html

Edited at 2010-01-06 06:36 pm (UTC)
Gaspodegaspode on January 6th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
I took a broom to the dish at eight oclock this morning - leaning out of the bathroom window to do so. It works now
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Can't reach it - it's on a pole three foot higher than my roof in order to be able to get signal above the tree across the road. I haven't got a ladder long enough!
Kalypso: Arthur whimperkalypso_v on January 6th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my Freeview kept telling me "No signal - check aerial" last night, though I still had my Virgin cable.
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
I was all right last night, but we had a lot more snow overnight, so I suppose I shouldn't be suprised :)
Mellacitamellacita on January 6th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you were in Oxford. I lived there for a year as a visiting student at St. Anne's. I'm trying to imagine 6-10 inches of snow there! The year I was there, 95-96, I don't recall much more than a hard frost. Enjoy your day off. :)
Kalypso: Furykalypso_v on January 6th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
In 1982, we had snow on the streets of Oxford almost until Easter, and at its worst the toilets kept freezing because we didn't have proper central heating. You had to go to the pub in the evening and stay there as long as possible drinking as little as possible so you could use their toilets, which were unfrozen, just before they shut.
Mellacitamellacita on January 6th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
I guess I picked a decent year to be there, then, all told. In 1982 I was in primary school in Chicago, Illinois, though, so I was freezing and shoveling my fair share of snow until Easter, too :). No frozen toilets though. That's something I am not sorry to have missed!
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell - I hope it's not that bad this year! None of us are geared up for that! I'm a wuss, I frankly admit it.
Kalypso: Bravokalypso_v on January 6th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
I've never encountered frozen toilets anywhere else, and I think it was largely down to trying to heat colleges and college lodgings with a couple of electric bars on the wall. They may well have proper central heating by now - half the rooms seem to have en-suite showers! I haven't noticed the heating facilities in college because my recent visits have all been in summer.

But my standards of "cold" still tend to rely on "Yeah, but did the toilets freeze?"
prochytesprochytes on January 6th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
They may well have proper central heating by now - half the rooms seem to have en-suite showers!

Yes; things are much better than they used to be on that front. It is a happy by-product of the desire amongst the Colleges to cash in on the conference trade during the Vacs. Conference guests tend to resent freezing their backsides off in accommodation for which they have paid and are in a much better position than students to take their custom elsewhere. (When A. J. P. Taylor was an undergraduate at Oriel in the 1920s, the nearest bathroom was two Quads away from his set. The scout brought a small jug of hot water every morning for shaving.)

My rooms are wonderfully snug. It helps that my College thoughtfully supplied two portable radiators.
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
I've been in Oxford for ten years now, and last year we had about 3 inches, and that was the first proper snow I recall. This is a bit unprecedented, at least in my experience. I've just read kalypso_v's report from the '80s - it sounds far too primitive to me!

Yeah, I came to Oxford for work, so I never studied here, but I've had a number of mates over the years who've showed me round various colleges, so I reckon I've had a reasonable experience. prochytes took me to my first High Table in November, that was like another world! :)

(I work at the Other University on the hill, that used, in your day, I think, to be a Polytechnic)
prochytesprochytes on January 6th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
that was like another world! :)

We aim to please! If my College's High Table was like another world, you should see what it is like at some of the older and more eccentric ones. Think the War Council at the start of the second part of The End of Time, complete with mad person scribbling at the far end of the table and the threat of being crushed like a bug by the Chair if you go off-message.
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on January 7th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that would be fun! As long as I wasn't the bug! :)

Although I suppose, it's not just because it's an Oxford High Table, but it's also because I don't do serious, dress-up 'working' dinners - ever! My job simply does not supply such things. So that was what I meant, I think.
prochytesprochytes on January 6th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I am watching it snow from my study window. Very pretty. Also, trying to smuggle Doctor Who and D&D references into that Important Thing I am composing for the University.
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 6th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
When are you delivering that Very Important Thing that you are doing? Do they have Latin for D&D? :)
prochytesprochytes on January 6th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Sunday the 17th. Getting D&D into Latin is tricky, but by no means impossible. It helps that the original version of the Tarrasque (the CR 20 unique monstrosity that defines the D&D Apocalypse Beast) appeared in the apocrypha about the person I am discussing. She beat it up with her girdle. Epic-level PC, clearly.
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Lokiloki_dip on January 6th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oops... that's annoying. Still, least you're warm and snuggled up now!
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 7th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
I am! And slightly less stir crazy, I made it out today to see a pair of mates and one of them's hyperactive six year old child. I now have perspective on what stir crazy is :)
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prochytesprochytes on January 6th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Many sympathies for the cancellations. Can launch a Scott of the Antarctic style expedition to yours bearing Dollhouse if that would help.

(Actually, not Scott. One of the ones who did not die, preferably. Amundsen?)
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prochytesprochytes on January 6th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Splendid. I shall stay in the warm and get on with the Very Important Thing.
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 7th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
We had interviews scheduled for yesterday as well - and I believe all parts of my University shut except for one small room in order that the poor candidates who had made it in could be interviewed! :)
Kat: Pellewkillalla on January 7th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Wow - I'm sorry to be missing all the snowy excitement! We had a few cool and rainy days here around ferengi Christmas, which is unusual for the dry season, but it's back to being dusty and hot. Today is Ethiopian Christmas, so I have a few days off, and tomorrow I'm going swimming. Still, maybe it will still be cold when I return?
Valderys: John/Rodney - Penguinsvalderys on January 7th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Compared to Ethiopia, whenever you return it will feel cold, I reckon :) It's seriously the worst I've seen anywhere for years!

And I had to blink a bit and cogitate before I remembered what a ferengi Christmas probably actually was!!