Monday, December 24, 2007

The joy of Christmas

It's supposed to be the Festive Season when people take a break from the problems of daily life. There's not much hope of that  for some unlucky Britons.

Problems for those who chose to get away

Fog blighted the Christmas travel plans of more than 17,000 air passengers yesterday as nearly 140 flights to and from Britain's two busiest airports were cancelled.

Roads in the east Midlands, northern England and Scotland were also affected. A pile-up involving 15 cars and a coach caused gridlock on the M5 near Bristol last night. The motorway was closed in both directions.

Meanwhile it isn't much better for those who chose to stay at home.

Hundreds of thousands of families face bitter disappointment tomorrow because presents bought online have not been delivered.

Failures by internet firms, Royal Mail and private delivery companies have affected a huge range of Christmas gifts including computer consoles, designer goods and children's toys.

More than two million parcels and letters are estimated to have been lost or delayed by Royal Mail alone.

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