When I first arrived in east London, I never expected that I’d ever find myself in need of a snowplough.
But, as the winter months closed in for the first time, I realised how naive I was.
CD: Guns 'N' Roses: Chinese Democracy
Game: Dead Space
Wharfers keen to have their tastebuds tickled should make sure they keep their eyes and ears open during the festive season for our diary dates. For a glamorous seasonal shopping experience with 10 per cent off a fabulous selection of delicious treats, take a saunter down to the Carluccio's annual Christmas shopping evening.
By Bernard Wilkes
If you like red Chateauneuf-Du-Pape but find the price difficult to swallow (unlike the wine), you should love this little number. Cairanne is one of 18 specific named villages within the Cotes Du Rhone Villages region.
The US treasury has agreed the biggest banking bail-out so far in a bid to rescue Citigroup.
The government will guarantee up to $306billion (£205bn) of losses and inject $20billion (£13.3bn) in capital to help stabilise the bank, which saw its shares plummet by around 60 per cent last week.
A frustrating derby draw left Millwall treading water while their rivals traded places at the top of League One.
The scoreless stalemate denied The Lions a chance to go level on points with new leaders Leicester City, who knocked Scunthorpe United off their perch with a 2-1 victory that same afternoon.
West Ham recorded a vital away win thanks to Valon Behrami's deflected first-half goal.
The Swiss midfielder scored his first for the Hammers as they overcame a below-par Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
It was a match that will be remembered as the one where Charlton's board finally lost patience with Alan Pardew.
Just two hours after watching his side capitulate in front of the home fans and drop into the relegation zone, Pardew lost his job as manager.
West Ham make the long trip north to Sunderland on Sunday looking for their first Premier League win since September 27.
Since beating Fulham at Craven Cottage that day the Hammers have picked up just two points from a possible 21 and desperately need a win to give their season a lift-off.
Millwall face a selection headache in the centre of defence as they pack their bags to visit Leyton Orient.
Tony Craig's suspension and Zak Whitbread's continuing groin problems leave Paul Robinson as the club's only available first-team centre back.