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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Cold snap continues

January 6th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

Less than three weeks after world leaders failed to agree on the climate, much of the world is now united in its assessment. It’s cold!

A Legoland employee in Berkshire, UK tries to dig out a miniature Houses of Parliament.

A Legoland employee in Berkshire, UK tries to dig out a miniature Houses of Parliament.

Huge swathes of the U.S., the UK, Europe and Asia are experiencing record freezing temperatures and some of the heaviest snowfall in years.

For millions of children it’s time to dust off the sledge and head for the nearest snowy slope. But for business, it may be time to pull out the calculator and start counting the cost of the cold weather.

In the sunshine state, Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist has been forced to declare a state of emergency as the state’s lucrative crops are in peril and farmers are facing a desperate fight to salvage what they can of their yields.

Elsewhere in the U.S., the northern Plains could see wind chills of up to 30 below zero according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Meanwhile in the UK, the cold snap is entering its third week and supplies of salt and grit are running low leading to, according to some reports, a run on table salt and…cat litter at supermarkets.

If you are struggling to cope with the cold snap, you might want tune into Connect the World tonight (9pm GMT, 4pm ET) to find out from polar explorer, Pen Hadow what it's like to experience really cold weather. He also might give you a few tips on how to keep warm.

In the meantime, let us know how you are coping and what the weather is like where you are. Are you celebrating the snow or are you cursing the cold? Post your comments below.


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Friday's Connector of the Day – "Salsa Granny"

January 6th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

A 75-year-old British grandmother has become the “Susan Boyle of dance” and a YouTube sensation.

Paddy Jones stunned Spanish audiences on a national talent show – equivalent to “America’s Got Talent,” – dancing her way to winning the competition with a jaw-dropping salsa display involving unusual athletic ability.

Salsa granny

Salsa granny

Originally from Stourbridge, UK, Jones was a professional dancer in her youth, and took up dancing again five years ago following the death of her husband.

Now dancing with a local salsa instructor, Nico Baila (who is 40 years her junior), the unlikely partners performed a high-energy combination of gravity-defying lifts, spins and flips that they call "salsa acrobatica."

In the final flourish of their routine on Spanish TV, Nico flipped Jones upside down and over his shoulder, drawing a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

She is living proof that if you stay healthy, think positive and feel young, age is no obstacle to achievement.

Currently enjoying the media attention and her €10,000 ($14,000) prize winnings, Paddy Jones is our Connector of the Day on Friday.

If you have any questions for the pensioner otherwise known as “Salsa Granny” post them here and we’ll put a selection of them to her on the show.