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I just noticed that we've had about 2 inches of snow. The UK will be closed down shortly.

It was snowing hard in Manchester yesterday evening as I emerged from choir rehearsal - I was quite white after walking the 200 yards to my car. We've got some here in Warrington, but it's now raining so I suppose it won't last long.
I have number of phrases in my head which pop out at the right moment - the one for this situation is:
"And when he woke the next morning, the world was white".

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I just noticed that we've had about 2 inches of snow. The UK will be closed down shortly.

No snow yet in Oxford. I think all this bad weather hype is a ploy to distract us from the Hutton report.

Could be. Sky News has been in a tizzy about the coming "Arctic conditions" for days now. Apparently -5C and a flurry of light snow is the new definition of "Ice Age".

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Could be. Sky News has been in a tizzy about the coming "Arctic conditions" for days now. Apparently -5C and a flurry of light snow is the new definition of "Ice Age".

Beautiful sunny day in Glasgow - not a snowflake in sight! But did anyone see the recent TV programme which looked at the possibility of global warming cutting off the Gulf Stream which would send us into a real ice age?

Tell a lie - I've just looked out of the window and it's started snowing - that was quick!
Beautiful sunny day in Glasgow - not a snowflake in sight! But did anyone see the recent TV programme which ... iceage? Tell a lie - I've just looked out of the window and it's started snowing - that was quick!

In fact, two minutes later, it's blowing an absolute gale!!
Deep and Crispen Stevens and still snowing now at 11.30 AM up here in the Peninnes.
This time last year I was one of the unfortunates stuck for 12 hours on the M1 in the great no-gritters debacle. Hopefully this year the hype may have raised those responsible's awareness that it sometimes does get colder at this time of year.
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I just noticed that we've had about 2 inches of snow. The UK will be closed down shortly.

No snow yet in Oxford. I think all this bad weather hype is a ploy to distract us from the ... Mail did run pictures of the Queen bashing a game bird to death with her walking stick the other day).

There was a case of breedism in a recent royal report. It was on a typically unwhite Christmas Day that I heard a BBC radio announcer refer to one of the Queen's corgis "who" had been attacked by one of Princess Anne's terriers "which" had been in trouble before. I'm still not sure who was being distinguished from whom - or which !

I increasingly hear animals referred to by using "who", and I don't mean domectic pets. Are the animal rights people influencing our use of words in some subtle way ?
Neil
I increasingly hear animals referred to by using "who", and I don't mean domectic pets. Are the animal rights people influencing our use of words in some subtle way ?

If it's not new to refer to non-pet male and female animals as "he" or "she", respectively, then it can't be new to refer to them using "who".

Mike Nitabach
There was a case of breedism in a recent royal report. It was on a typically unwhite Christmas Day that ... I don't mean domectic pets. Are the animal rights people influencing our use of words in some subtle way ?

Plenty of quotes of "dog who" in MasterTexts.com. Dickens, London, Doyle, Stevenson, Defoe, Austen. Three times as many as "dog which", and only slightly less than "dog that", although there you'd have to adjust for some different grammatical purposes ("so he whimpered and cried, lost child, lost puppy-dog that he was...")

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... one of the Queen's corgis "who" had been attacked by one of Princess Anne's terriers "which" had been in trouble before. I'm still not sure who was being distinguished from whom - or which !

Perhaps the distinction is because the corgis are in the line of succession, but the terriers aren't.

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