Jan 17, 2010

The big chill

Forget to crosspost this - last week's snow piece on GlobalComment

Ireland is covered in a blanket of snow. If you listen carefully, you can hear pipes bursting all over the country. Electricity supply is spotty. Heating oil delivery is delayed. In fact, the country is closed for business.

Unlike other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, Ireland has little experience in the application of emergency plans. In November half the country was under water. In 2010 snow and ice have conquered the land. Indeed weather forecasters speak often of ‘treacherous’ conditions. I wonder whether shopping in Newry or the weather conditions is the worst betrayal.

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