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03 January 2008
Big freeze - Mexican style
I don't know what the weather is like in England at the moment, but here in Mexico City the thermometer is registering three below zero. I think the words "fucking" and " cold" are appropriate at times like this.

To make matter worse, the houses are not built for warmth, what with their high ceilings and tiled floors. Shops and other small commercial premises are even worse off because the whole front is usually a roller shutter that lifts up when the business is open. They tend to have a large rear window to allow air to circulate. This is great when the weather is normal, but minus zero is not normal for this city.

I have dusted off the electric heaters that we use on rare occasions like this, but most people don't have them, so there are going to be a lot of very cold people getting through tonight as best they can.

If the cold front lifts over the next day or so then not much harm will have been done. If it doesn't then we can expect the death toll to start rising as the very old and the very young succumb to Mother Nature's idea of New Year fun.

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If only you lived in a capitalist country like I do, where almost everybody can afford electric heaters and central heating, and those that can't always have somewhere to go where they can find heat. My sincerest commiserations.

3 January 2008 at 15:23  

Er, most people don't have heating because they don't need it. Weather like this arrives every Preston Guild. Up in the Sierra Madre it is now 30 below. That is much colder than usual, but people are prepared because they have a real winter - we don't as a rule.

The good news is that this afternoon the weather was in the high 60s, so tonight will be cold, but not fucking freezing.

4 January 2008 at 00:45  

This weather is great for me, reminds when I was in Manchester with you and it was fucking freezing! As for the weather in England, just check the world weather websites, they are quite accurate.
Moose

5 January 2008 at 07:02  

Welcome Moose! Surely we were in the UK in summer?

5 January 2008 at 10:34  

Actually the temperature is fairly reasonable in the North West at the moment; what is objectionable is that it rains all the fucking time.

6 January 2008 at 19:27  

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