Celsius 233

There’s bookburning in Britain, but not for the reason you might think:

Volunteers have reported that “a large number” of elderly customers are snapping up hardbacks as cheap fuel for their fires and stoves.

Temperatures this week are forecast to plummet as low as -13°C in the Scottish Highlands, with the mercury falling to -6°C in London, -5°C in Birmingham and -7°C in Manchester as one of the coldest winters in years continues to bite.

Workers at one charity shop in Swansea, in south Wales, described how the most vulnerable shoppers were seeking out thick books such as encyclopaedias for a few pence because they were cheaper than coal.

It occurs to me — it’s certainly occurred to Bill Quick — that this would be an ideal time for Al Gore to donate several zillion copies of Earth in the Balance
during this Time of Crisis.

Temperatures in Oklahoma City this week are forecast to drop as low as -14°C.


  1. MikeH »

    7 January 2010 · 6:49 pm

    It sounds a bit cold when you say -14°C. I prefer to think of it as 259°k.

  2. CGHill »

    7 January 2010 · 6:53 pm

    Works for me.

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