Saturday, 7 January 2006

Hardship on the South Coast

Last week our garden looked like this, for a very short period; a nice picture, but not really news.
The seaside town where we live had the "heaviest snowfall in Britain", no less than 13 cm in two days. The local paper spoke of severe rail disruptions... bus services in chaos... dangerous road conditions, and had a huge front-page picture of the town centre with what looked like a dusting of snow on the rooftops and a perfectly clear main road. The implication was that if all this continued they would soon have to get the helicopters out to drop us emergency supplies.

How this would mystify any Canadian or Finn!

But I think I'd rather live here than in countries that have terrible winters; imagine having to do as my Canadian relatives do and decamp to Phoenix, AZ, when it starts to get cold.

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