The official opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics takes place in Vancouver on Friday. The problem is that while a large part of North America is experiencing blizzards and record-breaking amounts of snow there is none of the white stuff in Vancouver - truckloads are being driven in and further loads are being dropped by helicopter.
It transpires that Vancouver rarely has snow - its weather is similar to that of London, UK.
Why, then, did the Powers That Be bid for the Winter Olympics to be held there? I understand that it is a great honour to be selected as the host city and that much prestige is to be accrued thereby but to this bemused Brit it makes about as much sense as deciding to hold a marathon on Mount Everest.
Can anyone explain? (I shall quiz my niece in Vancouver, too!)