Monday, December 6, 2010

6th of December 2010 - Snow Real

7 Spey Terrace
Telephone: 0131-550 0895

6th of December 2010

Dear Sir/Madam,


The almost complete stoppage of national life occasioned by the current spattering of snow is scarcely believable. When I was a child, our schools were kept open by every janitor, able bodied teacher and even the school dinner ladies being set to the task of digging out the playground with old fashioned shovels. The same "all hands to the deck" attitude applied to airports where the General Manager was to be seen setting an example with his spade alongside ground and cabin staff as well as pilots and navigators as they fought to keep runways clear.

Not only are we now far too reliant on often inadequate and unreliable mechanical means of snow removal, but the EU mandated adoption of the SI system of units has brought a touch of fatalism to how Britons regard low temperatures. O degrees Celsius is now seen as a sign that civilisation as we know it must be temporarily suspended whereas 32 degrees Fahrenheit never had that effect!

John Eoin Douglas

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