BRITAIN: Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?

A choir of touring American college students, concluding that London could do with some cheering up, gathered in the portico of St. Martin -in-the-Fields church one afternoon last week, and offered an impromptu rendition of Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be? For Londoners who paused to listen in the rain, it seemed like a good question. As the nation suffered through its second three-day work week, decreed by the government because of a coal miners' slowdown, Britons swapped opinions about darkened streets, frigid flats, gutted paychecks—and ways to endure the energy shortage.

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