News of the “Arctic surge” in the US North East reminded me of when I was living in Marlborough Street in Boston back in 2005. One morning in January I woke up to an eerie silence to find a real winter wonderland. Two feet (yes, really!) of snow had submerged the cars on the street overnight. Unbowed, a few hardy Bostonians were snow-shoeing down the street to work. I thought then “If this was London, no-one would be getting in to the office for a week!” They have proper snow in Boston.