London's chirpy cockneys, chinless hoorays, plucky ethnic types and evil middle class do-gooders united as one yesterday to send a defiant message to the gods of weather (sponsored by Lloyds): 'mustn't grumble'.
In scenes that evoked the blitz spirit, southerners battled through pavements and roads that were covered in up to a centimetre of suffocating slush. One tabloid newspaper described the weather conditions as a Horror Blizzard, and they weren't far wrong, as for several seconds snow was seen to linger on the top of cars, CCTV cameras and hedges, before mercifully melting.
London Mayor Boris Johnson visited scenes of carnage, from West Wickham to Willesden Junction, offering comfort words and choice latin phrases in a tireless effort to placate the crowds.
Cheryl Cole quoted the wise words of Princess Diana, as she watched the horrifying scenes from her hotel window. 'I see a lot of pain in people's eyes. but I also see hope,' she said.
Meanwhile, reports are coming in that in the midlands, the north, wales and scotland, the weather has been even more - sorry, there's no more time or space for those reports.