What you call a dusting is what the British press calls "snow chaos" and "blizzards hit britain!"
The amount of "snow" at the end of the Christmas Invasion is a tad more normal.
But then any snow kills London dead, which is fun. Being stuck in Dover ain't. Though unusually we got into the news minus all the usual unemployment/violence/emigration headlines, sadly it was "major routes into Dover port closed".
I think you should be on MSN now, but that might just be me being me.
And we've had our own fair share of embarrassing snow-related headlines in Toronto - particularly about 4 years ago when the standing mayor had forgotten to budget for snow plows, faced a snow storm and had to call in the army to start shovelling - no joke.