It’s very coldJanuary 6, 2009
It is indeed very cold. The papers are saying it’s -8 degrees, but if that were the case London would be completely frozen over and ice zombies would be roaming the streets. The BBC says it’s 2 degrees in London, although the mythical wind-chill-factor may have something to say about that.
In some ways I’m quite pleased it’s cold, because it justifies my sensible clothing. Nowadays I dress very safely indeed. If it’s anytime between November and February I won’t leave the house without a thick sweater, a heavy coat, a scarf and a hat. And yet I saw people wandering the streets in t-shirts. Madness! Yes, it was mild, but at any moment a cold snap could have descended. In my current state of mind, fashion means nothing – the only important thing is that I remain protected from the elements. Mothers everywhere should be proud.
Incidentally, yesterday was my first day back at work and was predictably exhausting (I wasn’t built for work. I was built for pleasure. And guilt. And anxiety). At lunchtime I popped into the hospice charity shop opposite Whiteleys. There was, of course, a copy of Cloud Atlas awaiting me.