05 February 2009


OK, so we've had a little snow. On 2 December 2008, our town was brought to a standstill because, although the council claims that all the roads were gritted, there was another snowfall after it had been done. It took me over an hour to travel quarter of a mile, before I gave up trying to get to work, and went home instead. To be honest, it's a good job that I did, because I came down with the flu (yes, not just a cold), and I couldn't walk properly for about 3 days.

Anyway, earlier this week, a few schools were closed here because of the snow which, at my estimation was about 3 inches deep. Apparently it was out of concern for the safety of the children. When I was a kid, the only time the school was closed in winter was when the central heating packed in. We had to walk the mile to school through snow, hail & wind and just get on with it. I remember on some days, the teachers even let us stay indoors at dinnertime, if we wanted to. So when did we become so soft? I guess it was when lawyers started telling people to sue others for their own stupidity/incompetence.

This morning, on the way into work, it was snowing lightly, but there were far fewer cars than usual. I guess people are either taking days off, or working from home. It made my journey nice and quick anyway.

1 comment:

Oz said...

I ha some old bloke in the coffee shop telling me how the buses all ran in the sixties. Yeah, but then you couldn't be shut down by a corporate manslaughter charge and a multi-million litigation.

He also blamed the Council for not gritting his road and not having snow ploughs. Unfortunately, it's old buggers like him living longer that are soaking up a lot of the Council's resources - doing more for the same money. I think we should put £500 on everyone's Council tax to pay for the infrastructure that we'll use every 25 years.