Today's major BBC new story was the startling revelation that after months of warmer weather we are entering a period of what the meterological experts call Winter. During this terrifying season normally benign precipitation falls as frozen 'snow' creating endless galleries of pretty landscapes and talk of traffic gridlock and on Radio 4 the harsh realities of the so called 'Grit Wars' (apparently Grit Wars are more likely to trigger a Third World War than events on the Korean peninsula).
On top of this is the chilling statistic that this is the earliest widespread snowfall for 17 years. A whole 17 years ago that's the previous century! Also it isn't even the heaviest snowfall it is the earliest widespread snowfall which seems a rather strange slant on what is just a bit of snow falling at the start of Winter.
Still it deflects us from the other stories of Prince William and soon to be Princess Catherine. The happy day is only half a year away, plenty of time to tie it into every news stories from now until then:
- Students riot over proposed Coalition plans to raise tuition fees - William and Catherine met at a university where they had no problem at all with tuition fees.
- Conservative peer Howard Flight complains that the Middle Classes are being put off having children by child benefit changes - will William be eligible for child benefit when they happy couple think about kids.