In Britain a monster recession and a monster storm are battling each other to see who can make the country collapse first.
And so far the storm monster is ahead.
Roads in Gloucestershire will be treated with table salt on Sunday night, after low supplies of rock salt forced the local county council to resort to ordering 500 tonnes of normal white salt.
But The Beast is gaining.
Britain is facing its worst financial crisis for more than a century, surpassing even the Great Depression of the 1930s, one of Gordon Brown's most senior ministers and confidants has admitted.
Mr Balls said yesterday: "The reality is that this is becoming the most serious global recession for, I'm sure, over 100 years, as it will turn out."
He warned that events worldwide were moving at a "speed, pace and ferocity which none of us have seen before" and banks were losing cash on a "scale that nobody believed possible".
"These are seismic events that are going to change the political landscape. I think this is a financial crisis more extreme and more serious than that of the 1930s, and we all remember how the politics of that era were shaped by the economy."
Meanwhile in the sleepy Great White North...where Stephen Harper's Cons can't even agree on whether we need to do MORE.... to protect Canadians from a potential economic and social CATASTROPHE
Because they didn't see it coming, and they don't know what they're doing.
I head down to the harbour to watch the proud swans begging for crumbs outside the local Tim Horton's.
And I can't help feeling that so many Canadians are still in a state of denial.
Splashing around like the swans and the ducks.With absolutely no idea how bad it could really get.
Or what a mistake it is to let Stephen Harper and his foul incompetent far-right Cons lead us at a scary time like this one
The awakening will come. The feathers will fly.
And it will be BRUTAL...