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Probably not the best weekend to go to France by sea. It seemed quite calm as we left Newhaven though the beach looked a bit savage. A teenage boy drowned there a few hours later. On board our ferry the holiday atmosphere soon turned to tense quiet punctuated only by muffled retching as walking on the see-sawing decks became almost impossible. The French crew seemed to positively enjoy it, striding about with their disposable gloves and little jars of vomit-absorbing powder. My mother got sent flying across the floor when a particularly big wave slapped us. It was one of those slow-motion events, in which I knew I really should reach out and catch her, but somehow spent too long thinking about it to actually do anything. There was also an evil part of me that found it hilarious. Dad also got rolled (literally), but was unharmed thanks to his protective layer of blubber. Then she went into one of those very dramatic nervous shock reactions, all pale and slurring her speech. Christ, it was like being at work, but without all the monitoring equipment to reassure me that nothing was really wrong. The captain came down from the bridge and apologised. He'd been zig-zagging to avoid container ships, he explained. They gave Mum a cabin to sleep it off in for the rest of the crossing. I spent two hours watching her in that windowless cabin, wondering how my parents had turned into frail elderly people without me noticing the transition.
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Two women nearly swept away by a wave on Brighton beach

I was on Brighton beach today and there were some big waves coming in, caused by what is left of of Hurricane Katia moving towards Britain. As I was taking photos a pair of nicely dressed women walked in front of me, out of reach (they thought) of the breakers. Then one suddenly rolled in and flattened them both.

Two women nearly swept away by a wave on Brighton beach

Two women nearly swept away by a wave on Brighton beach

Two women nearly swept away by a wave on Brighton beach

Two women nearly swept away by a wave on Brighton beach
Shortly afterwards. Wet but unharmed.
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Just been outside in the dark and snow trying to light a candle inside a pile of snowballs, to make a snow lantern, inspired by the example of Swedish Livejournalists last winter. The wind kept blowing it out though.

Must source some more aggressive tea lights from somewhere.
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Wild rain storms giving way to blinding sunshine at regular intervals. Confusing.

Hail!

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A hail storm and yet more abuse for my daughter's dolly. Haha.
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My daughter's dolly this morning, covered in frost and looking rather unsavoury.
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The view this morning. I saw a dog wearing a coat and shoes too, but I wasn't quick enough to photograph it. When I told the wife she said "Ha! Only in England!" In her country the dogs have to sleep chained up, outside, in minus 15 degree weather. If they're lucky they might get some straw to lie on.

Aren't the snowflakes pretty? Or....wait, maybe those are orbs of supernatural energy; each one representing the spirit of a deceased former tenant!

Yes, I'm an avid fan of American internet culture :0)
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Look what we found outside our back door this morning! No, not the polystyrene box....all the SNOW! We don't get much of it in the south of England so it does tend to bring out the child in me. The wife was thrilled too. Snow reminds her of home and, no doubt, all those long months she spent helping Father Christmas build wooden toys in his workshop. As an extra treat we got to see the Great British Motorist trying to deal with an inch of snow all day. Most of the larger vans couldn't manage the 3 degree incline outside our flat. Many serious faces were glimpsed through windscreens as they grappled with the hazardous task of driving slowly. The wife observed that "English people can't drive in snow".