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Will we have a white Christmas this year?

Woke up this morning and the world was white...and to my surprise, it's still white this evening. Of course, it means all public transport has ground to a halt. It never ceases to amaze me how badly equipped we Dutch are at dealing with adverse weather conditions. Honestly, one snowflake is enough to plunge our roads and railways into chaos.

Getting home yesterday was murder. I don't think it was the weather although it was bitterly cold so it might have been, but there were delays and cancellations and getting from Schiphol to The Hague took me as much time as it took me to travel from England to The Netherlands in the first place. This didn't help improve my mood. I was fuming. Despite my having arrived at Luton airport the recommended 2 hours before my flight's scheduled departure time, the plane almost left without me. All because of the incompetence of easyJet's ground staff who, even with 10 check-in desks open, still couldn't process the crowds quickly enough (here's a thought: why don't they install the kind of do it yourself check-in machines you see at other airports? Or dedicate seperate desks to travellers without any luggage?) and as for the security checks...do you know they no longer provide passengers with clear plastic bags they insist you drop your liquids in? Nooooooooo - they sell them to you now, at the inflated price of £1! And, they confiscate any container with a content over 100 ml. So they took my newly purchased conditioning solution for my contacts, and then oh so helpfully suggested I purchase another exactly the same from the Boots in the departure lounge! Now how does that help combat terrorism? Unfortunately, by then I was so pissed off I may have muttered something under my breath, and got detained by a few jumped-up little toads spluttering with indignation at my lack of respect for them and their stupid rules, as they set themselves the task of examining every item in my hold-all. They didn't like the look of my housekeys, but they couldn't very well impound them, so they fixed on the converter I'd brought because continental plugs won't plug into UK power points without one. It has, of necessity, 3 metal prongs and I suppose you could, at a pinch, make it connect painfully with someone's (preferably an airport security guard's) face...but in the end they let me have that back, too. Luckily, they never discovered my metal nail file in its secret compartment...I'm sure I'd have been in real trouble if they had! They were wheeling the stairs away from the plane when they finally allowed me to proceed to the gate, and I was the last passenger boarding.

I came home to a cold flat, to find that the batteries on the remote had gone flat. I'll have to remember to get some new ones this weekend.

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enigmaticblues
Dec. 17th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
You know, I tend to think that airport security gets very self-important these days. *hugs* That would be highly annoying.
gamiila
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
They do give themselves such airs, don't they? What irks me is that it's already been proven that these so-called security measures have had little or no effect since their introduction, but an industry has sprung up around them employing many thousands, and so the political will is lacking to do away with them.
cheesygirl
Dec. 17th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Security checks are such a mess. If the littlest thing is a bit off they pull you aside and search your stuff. I got pulled aside at Heathrow as I was heading home this summer because apparently something about my biscuits, tea, and makeup bag looked ominous. My carefully packed items got all crushed in the jumble of it being rifled through, of course. I had to apologize to those I had bought them for. Heathrow Security did it! Heaven forbid my box of Fortum and Mason bickies should bring down an airliner.
gamiila
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I'd say that'd be just the way the cookie crumbles...
bogwitch
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Your journey back beats my horrible journey into London then.
gamiila
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
You got home alright though, I trust? You left before the snows came down, so I hope you made it back without incident.

I partook of a free lunch in Trafalgar. Some environmentalists were protesting at the waste of perfectly edible vegetables and fruit because of their tendency to grow the wrong shape, and hosted a free lunch serving a delicious curry to passersby. They called it the feeding of the 5,000.
bogwitch
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
The worst bit was a lack of taxis at Hemel station. The walk to my car was very cold and frosty, but luckily it only snowed after I got back with the cat.

A free lunch isn't bad!
gamiila
Dec. 18th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I thought it was a pity I didn't live in London; they were also giving away lots of spuds, parsnips, carrots and bananas. Some people got a weeks worth of free grub to take home!
curiouswombat
Dec. 18th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
Aargh! Airport Security is a nightmare. Our little airport still insists that people take their shoes off.

Although security on the boat gives me the giggles - there is almost airport type security, metal detectors, etc, if you are a foot passenger; if you are in a car you just drive straight on board!
gamiila
Dec. 18th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Obviously, it's the have-nots you have to watch out for!
__kali__
Dec. 19th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh God, what a farce.
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