Severe Weather? What Severe Weather??
I was living in Colwick in the 50's and 60's. We used to have winters then, huge long slides in the playgrounds carefully polished with our shoes. We used to go sledging in Colwick Woods on home made sledges (toboggans?) at the weekends. I dont ever remember either our junior school (St Johns C of E in Colwick) or the grammar school (Carlton le Willows) closing because of 'severe weather'. I do remember us kids on the street helping dig out a pathway for the milkman so he could turn his float around at the end of the cul-de-sac so he could make his deliveries down the other side of the street. I am writing this from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where the temperature was -20C on Friday, warming up to -7C over the weekend and about -2 this morning. everyone gets on with driving to work, my daughter and I drove the the grandchildren to the school that has stayed open since mid October when the temperatures dropped below freezing. Every one over here seems to be driving around to the shops and to work as usual. So whats this about severe weather bringing Nottingham to a halt just because its couple of degrees below freezing? We used to relish such weather!! I will be back in England in a couple of days, surely not to utter chaos and skidding confusion? Cheers, Piat
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