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SNOW BRINGS THE UK TO ANOTHER STANDSTILL

Monday February 2nd, 2009
ImageGoodness me! It’s been snowing. National crisis alert! The country that pioneered the public transport and motorway network system grinds to a halt. Closures on the M25, M20, M6. Countless accidents. What? Could these people not see the snow? ‘Blimey what’s that white stuff all over the road? Whoops!’ Or ‘I haven’t seen any of this for a while. Ouch!’

Most countries on a similar latitude have news that feature snow men, skiing, sledging, or people wrapped up warm and roads being cleared IN THE BACKGROUND whilst other more serious news is reported. In Britain the snow IS the news. It is the excuse. Gordon Brown must be laughing into his mug of hot chocolate. ‘Credit Crunch time… ha ha ha… M6 crunch is more like it.’

‘Let’s cancel all buses in London!’, ‘Shut down the tube!’. ‘Cancel all flights!’ ‘Tell people not to travel unless it’s essential.’ ‘Close schools’ ‘Close hospitals.’ ‘Call in the army and warn all civilians about possible attacks by flesh eating zombies!!!’

It’s a bit of snow. Common sense is all you need to cope. In the UK we don’t have to worry about the threat of avalanche or falling through snow that is ten feet deep with nothing below it to land on for another three hundred feet. OK in isolated places it gets worse. But in isolated places people tend to have a reasonable idea about how to deal with snow. My advice is don’t go to work. Don’t go to school. If you’ve got a few inches of snow to enjoy then do that. Build a snowman get out the sledge and take a few photographs. Have some fun. If it isn’t snowing then that’s tough get to work and get to school and get on with it.
Happy Monday.!
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