Carol is marking books. Someone outside in the road is scraping snow with a shovel and making an awful noise. It is so awful, if they don't stop soon they are likely to find the shovel wrapped around their head. Is it really necessary to keep on making that appaling din? Obsessive, is what I call it. Just when you want some peace and quiet, some idiot has to decide that the road/pavement needs clearing.
Do we or don't we usually get a cold spell sometime between December and March? It's not as if it's unexpected to get snow, so why does our entire transport system come to a grinding halt? Trains don't run, the airports are closed, and the motorways are blocked up. If that's the case, why don't people just STAY AT HOME, which is what the AA and other motoring authorties are saying. What happened last year? We had the cold and snow a good deal later than this year, so you'd have thought some official somwhere might have taken the decision to order extra, but it's obvious that that hasn't been done.