‘The Beast from the East’ governing the country

WebcamOxfordMartinSchool 2018-03-02 14-20-36
Earlier this week I discovered that it is not a Belgian monopoly to stop public life for a while, due to a few centimetres of snow. However, meanwhile in the UK this has become more than just a few centimetres…

So, even though it’s March now, this big freeze with its snow dominates the news, as it also does in Brussels, and makes me feel at home. Having been lucky myself to arrive back in Oxford this week at the moment the snowfall started, I am feeling very sorry for all those who are stuck at places which are not their favourite ones to spend the weekend. All the best to all of you in this situation!

Everyone speaks about ‘the Beast from the East’, when talking about the cold front. On Wikipedia I found that this cold spell is nicknamed “the Beast from the East” because “it has been caused by a large arctic airmass with anticyclonic structure, stretching from the Russian Far East to the British Isles and thus covering large parts of Asia and almost all of Europe.”
This ‘Beast from the East’ really governs is governing daily life at the moment, also at the university.  Classes, seminars and parties are being cancelled…

Although Theresa May gave an important speech today, even in the Guardian this major news is diverted by a snow cartoon

As I wrote in a previous blog post, the Oxford Martin School is a leading institute in, amongst other topics, climate change. The Webcam on their impressive building allows us to follow the situation closely… By the time you read this post, it might be sunny or rainy Spring, I insert a screenshot with the new snowfall.

Hoping the weather soon turns into the ‘usual British’ weather as described in this fun  song

If you are not going outside to sculpture snowmen, snowwomen, snowchildren and snowpets: stay warm, stay safe and… look after each other well!
And don’t forget: wrap up warm!

Oxford covered by snow by night: an impression

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EU visiting fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

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