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I may be turning into a curmudgeonly old git - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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I may be turning into a curmudgeonly old git
I swear there used to be a time when this country didn't implode en masse at the sign of a bit of f***ing weather. We are kind of famous for it, after all.


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keirf From: keirf Date: January 18th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
From 1989 to 2006, the years in which I lived in the UK, it's always collapsed in a gibbering heap at the slightest bit of snow, wind, rain, heat or fog. I don't know how far back you have to go for this not to be the case.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: January 18th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe its just the South then.

Having spent the first 20 years of my life living in the Midlands, I'd have to say that from memory this didn't happen there. They used to send us cross-country running with 3 foot snowdrifts by the road. I remember this because some charming schoolacquaintances pushed me into one.
keirf From: keirf Date: January 18th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Charming indeed.
ar_gemlad From: ar_gemlad Date: January 19th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes. I've noticed that things go to pot quicker in Oxford than they did in Barnsley and surrounding areas. Barnsley council does things like grit the roads before the ice, and other such sensible things - like putting grit bins on most streets so that people can do their drives and pavements themselves.

There are roads in the Pennines that have electronic signs to tell you if it's open or closed, as some roads are closed that often due to high winds, snow, elephants and stuff (maybe not elephants).

Conversely, Oxford council have done such things in the past as using cheap grit which didn't have enough salt content so the roads refroze. Genius.

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