Run 1:56:00  22.0 km (5:16 / km)
Out a little earlier than I would otherwise have chosen because of an earlyish media engagement, but my main concern about this, the darkness, was quickly allayed - I had forgotten just how well the semi-distant light of a city reflects off a snow-covered surface. Headed out west along the Bernex ridge, feeling reasonable through the first half-hour before getting a bit more adventurous on snow-covered farm tracks in the not-really-dark. At the hour mark I thought it was going to be a good one, but the second half ended up turning into a bit of a slog. Left heel a bit sore and it feels a bit different to the usual Achilles trouble; will need watching.
The temperature soared to the dizzy heights of -2 this afternoon, but we're back in the bitter cold and high winds tomorrow. Oslo will seem warm.
The aforementioned media engagement was with Eurovision (known in Australia only for their song contest, but in reality a consortium of European broadcasters who pool news material too). The WMO media person who came with me has done some interesting journalism work in various places, and was telling me of one episode she covered a few years ago. There was a G8 summit in Evian (on the French part of the Lake Geneva shore) but the French police wouldn't allow anyone anywhere near the place so the usual suspects decided to have their riot in a small town just across the Swiss border instead (as you do). One of the premises in this town was a private bank which concluded, probably correctly, that the sort of people who turn up to riot at G8 meetings wouldn't be too well-disposed towards private banks either, so they stuck a few toys in the window and put up a sign declaring themselves to be a creche. It sounds about as convincing as the "Baby Milk Factory" signs which appeared during the first Gulf War outside every building that the Americans had just bombed, but it worked.
(A few years later, when the Americans decided to respond to a terrorist attack in Kenya masterminded by an Afghanistan-based Saudi by bombing Sudan, they did manage to mistake a pharmaceuticals factory for a military facility).
Something discovered today which I thought was a bit quirky: January 2012 was the fourth-warmest on record for the US as a whole but was no more than fourth-warmest in any individual state, which strikes me as being the climatic equivalent of winning their class at Easter by 20 minutes whilst winning one split in three days. (Someone who went on to bigger and better things has actually done this - guesses as to their identity are welcome).