The wind and rain have been a-howling and a-falling in true typical Wellington fashion this week. Characteristically fall has been missed and the autumnal calm expected at this time of year has been replaced by a very unwelcomed frigidity. The reaction of Wellingtonians to this wintery betrayal? Complete boycott of the outdoors. The poor streets are empty and lonely as we all cower indoors and scowl out at the outside world.