Copyright © 2005 Martin Newell
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Have we all gone loop de loop? A bit of snow yesterday...the sort of thing that the Americans, Germans and even people in the north of England regard as a normal event between early December and April..and it happens in London. Suddenly,according to the newspapers, many of whom are running front page splashes, and six-page photo-features... millions are 'trapped' (trapped?) at home, the buses don't run, most of the schools close and the trains are in trouble. Office workers get sent home early, those that managed to struggle in anyway... and the whole country slithers to a halt. Not only that, but there's the chance that "IT'S GOING TO LAST ALL WEEK!" The Mail.
I mean, what the thump is going on here? I went striding out yesterday morning in a big heavy coat and my old wellies and it provoked comments: " Wow You're dressed for the weather, then." Well yes, I had toyed with the idea of going out in espadrilles, negligee and an arab strap but the negligee was in the wash and the outfit wouldn't have worked with just a checked gingham Babydoll nightie, would it? Then the news comes on this morning that we've only got 32 million tons of grit left for the roads and that if this weather goes on for another few days, there'll be a crisis. My God, what's happened to my country? The country that sent little Martin Newell and his chums walking over a mile to school in Scotland in winter of 1962, dresssed in shorts, raincoat,wellies and a thin yellow scarf (and that was between five of us). We've become a nation of simpering milksops, throwing sickies, having 'duvet-days' and demanding antibiotics as soon as we get a bit of a runny nose. God help us if we have to go to war again, is what I say. An elderly team of disabled Swiss flower arrangers would probably put up a better fight than us, if the the French decided to come and have a go at us now. Garn!