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Snowpocalypse 2: Revenge of the Yeti

Britain does not cope with snow. This is a shame because right now we have rather a lot of it.

The roads in my area are all inch thick with ice and therefore virtual skid pans. Trying to get a car up and down my road is nigh on impossible. This is why I worked from home today and will be working from home again tomorrow.

Popped around to uC's place this evening and played with her Wii (incidentally, my winner of Worst Product Name Of the Noughties). She gave me a swede. I will have to find an appropriate root vegetable return gift.

When it became obvious on Tuesday afternoon that the second Snowpocalypse was bearing down on London and the South East I decided to stay overnight in London because there was a meeting first thing on Wednesday morning that I needed to be at and trains being what they are, I didn't want to risk it. "Fortunately", there is a Travelodge near my office. I say "fortunately" because the one night I stayed there was enough to reinforce the message that it is a basic hotel chain. And my, how basic it is.

We'll start with the fact that I had to do some serious persuading of the reception staff to get a hairdryer from them, even though the Travelodge website clearly states that hair dryers are given out on a first come, first served basis and I was there first.

Moving on to the actual room, with its painfully thin duvet, the heater that gave off so little heat that I was reminded of a line in my novel "you'd have more luck warming your hands at a farting contest in a curry house" and the little darlings who decided to slam through the fire doors along my corridor at 2am.

Then we'll end with how Channel 5 on the TV was blocked out by a satellite dish message stating that the card needed changing, Channel 4 was stuck on audio decriptions of all scenes for those with poor vision and every so often the people on BBC News 24 would suddenly go all Max Headroom jumpy on me.


Oh well, you get what you pay for, I suppose.

In other news, I have finished reading my first two books of the year. Reviews pending. I have also almost finished editing another chapter (just 4 more to go after that).

On the reading front, I would like to put in a plug for Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard (aka aliettedb), which is a fantasy set in Aztec times, description as follows:

Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan – the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only by the magic of human sacrifice. A priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. Acatl, high priest, must find her, or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead. But how do you find someone, living or dead, in a world where blood sacrifices are an everyday occurrence and the very gods stalk the streets?

I shall certainly be picking up a copy from my local bookstore.

This weekend I'm hoping that the weather will hold steady so I can get into London for a workshop test-run being done by two T-Party members. I'm also meeting up with a mate afterwards for drinks and dinner.

Right, time for a cup of tea and then bed.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
I'm still slightly surprised to have found another vegetable you'll eat!
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
I am a woman with many subtle mysteries to me and unexpected depths. It's what keeps me fascinating.

Jan. 11th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Very mysterious, you!
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
Travelodges vary hugely in quality - yours sounds rub, but I've stayed in some that are fine. I always check tripadvisor before taking the plunge.
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
To be fair, I think that if I'd be staying there on a night when the temperatures weren't grossly sub-zero, it wouldn't have been so bad. The room was clean, the furniture undamaged and it was a lot quieter than I'd expected given the location.

I could even have lived with the plug being blocked, had it not been for the receptionist's attitude about it.

Nevertheless, I'll be staying there again tonight as I've got an important meeting tomorrow morning that I can't miss.
Jan. 8th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
We don't cope well with snow in Scotland either, which is surprising given that we tend to get more of it than you southron jessies. ;)

Travelodges I have stayed in have been adequate, but then I've never stayed in one in the depths of the worst winter for x [enter hyperbole of choice] years.
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Oh here we go - life all us sassenach, lily-livered Englishers with our hoity toity ways and aversion to shortbread. I know how this plays out ... ;)

Mind you, it's been a damned sight colder in Scotland than in England and you've coped with it better than we have.
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Just four chapters to go? Sounds good. Are you happy with the changes you've made?
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yes - it's mainly been cuts to get rid of redundant language or scenes that don't need to be there, so I think that it makes for a tighter read and (hopefully) more of a page-turner. For the book to work, you have to want to race through it to see what happens next in terms of the plot and I think it's now doing that more effectively, but at the same time it's kept the character development that gives it a bit more depth.

Well, that's what I think anyway ... :)
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