The last 48-hours has seen

The last 48-hours has seen the most extraordinary weather battering the UK. Even safe in Maida Vale, the windows have been rattling and clunking around in the frames. I’ve made it a mission to go out as little as possible. God knows what it must be like in more exposed areas. When I visited my family over Christmas there was an extraordinary gale blowing – the noise was incredible – and the huge trees in the garden leant and creaked. On the ground it was almost completely still, but you still had a sense of the sheer power of the storm. I don’t think there is another weather phenomenon more likely to make you feel at the mercy of huge forces beyond your control…