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Snowy Blackheath


It’s extremely snowy in Blackheath! But something is very wrong. All the trains appear to be running on time, and there is grit on several pavement corners. I have no idea why or how this has happened, but this oversight should not go unpunished.

Every year I dream of building a massive network of igloos across the heath, strung together with little ice tunnels. It never happens, but last year I managed to build an igloo (not in Blackeath). It’s not as hard as it looks, so long as you have lots of help, and some big plastic crates from a Pound Shop to compact the snow bricks. Try it and let me know where your Blackheath Igloo is!

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Snowy Blackheath

It snowed. In case you haven’t looked out of the window. God knows how we’ll cope tomorrow, what with SouthEastern and everything. I really want to build a network of igloos on the heath, so here’s hoping there’s more snow… If you’ve got any nice pics of Blackheath, send them this way! Happy snowdays!
Here’s one from Philtocapacity on twitter:
Philtocapacity snowy blackheath

And from David Boyle, an antisocial snowball:
Antisocial snowball by David Boyle

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Igloo on the Heath

Igloo on Blackheath
Gossip overheard by Mrs Bugle on the bus (attempting to get to work).

Two 15 year old girls:

“There’s a big igloo on the heath, they were up til 2am building it!”

Spotted by Simon Berriman on Twitter.

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The Blackheath Igloo

The Blackheath Igloo on eBay

I can’t believe I missed the Blackheath igloo! It happened like this… Rubyeva sent me a post with a link to this eBay page. Spammers often do this, so when the page wouldn’t open on my silly phone, I assumed it had been removed. Today I finally managed to open it, and discovered the Blackheath Igloo, several days too late to actually go and admire it. I am distraught.

Anyway, the mysterious eBay user “123taharris” actually went ahead and made one! I assumed the snow would be too powdery, but clearly not! If Blackheath gets some more snow, we should organise a concerted effort to rebuild it! Maybe a whole igloo commune!

To “123taharris”: I am so impressed… I’d thought about doing exactly the same thing, and wrote about it here last week, but like many of my best laid plans, it never actually happened.

They attempted to sell the igloo on eBay as

Beautiful single storey, open plan eco-apartment. Use of original materials throughout and employs state of the art natural ventilation methods. Backs on to Blackheath with stunning views straight from the doorway. Stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Free of council tax, water and electricity bills. 5 mins walk from Blackheath station and all conveniences.
Viewing by appointment only. No reserve. Buy now to avoid disappointment (i.e, melting.)

Which makes me smile. Didn’t sell, which is a shame, as they were offering the proceeds to a charity.  There are a more photos of it on the eBay page.

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