On that subject, one of my daughter's friends is from Northern Ireland. She was supposed to be flying to Derry on Ryanair yesterday, and they cancelled the flight because of the weather. Ryanair don't give you money back or an alternative flight, so she either forks out some extra airfare or she's stuck in Manchester for Christmas. My immediate reaction was, well she can come back to our house. But luckily, one of my daughter's flat mates, a really nice girl, lives in the Manchester area, and her parents are going to include her in their festivities. What a nice family. Or it may well be that the airports open again, and she can find the cash to get a flight.
My plan on Christmas Day is to drive up to my sister's house in Derbyshire. Her daughter is a bit of a foodie so I'm looking forward to that. It does occur to me that we might wake up on Christmas morning snowed in, with nothing for dinner. Well, if that happens we have festive pasta or something, and drink all the whisky.
Incidentally, the student loan people are months late in ponying up to many students, including my son. I got a letter threatening court action because he hadn't been able to pay his room fees. Luckily I had a fall back position - my son's dad (who predates H) is pretty affluent, so he's given him a load of money. I am only now gaining the rewards of my youthful rampage. The other students are now facing expulsion from their rooms, and their Universities.