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Author Topic: Attention: Brits. We're all going to freeze to death in a pristine white hell.  (Read 38557 times)
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« Reply #125 on: February 04, 2009, 07:25:59 am »

You dirty buggers! It won't even consider snowing here! Snow removals my only source of income right now  Embarrassed

That and I like snow, for the most part. But after those first six months it does get kind of old... "Summer in Banff is two months bad skiing."  Roll Eyes

That my Northern cousin is becaue Canada only has two seasons.
Winter, and July!   Grin

Actually, it's not called "July," it's called "road construction."
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« Reply #126 on: February 04, 2009, 11:14:53 am »

I'm almost slap bang in the middle of the country.  Even a 14 m rise leaves the seaside well over a two hours' drive away. 

I note, however, that a 5 m rise leaves my alma mater underwater- so I'll be a graduate of a university that's no longer extant.  Bizarrely however, most of the rest of the city is still dry at 14 m rise.  Lincoln could end up a port again... 
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« Reply #127 on: February 04, 2009, 02:24:07 pm »

That my Northern cousin is becaue Canada only has two seasons.
Winter, and July!   Grin

Actually, it's not called "July," it's called "road construction."
You dirty buggers! It won't even consider snowing here! Snow removals my only source of income right now  Embarrassed

That and I like snow, for the most part. But after those first six months it does get kind of old... "Summer in Banff is two months bad skiing."  Roll Eyes

That my Northern cousin is becaue Canada only has two seasons.
Winter, and July!   Grin

Actually, it's not called "July," it's called "road construction."


Actually the two seasons here in Minnesota are "road removal" and "Snow construction"
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« Reply #128 on: February 04, 2009, 03:03:18 pm »

It's an odd thing, this snow Catch 22 we're in.

When we get a couple of inches, most people seem to panic and batten down the hatches in some sort of siege mentality. To be fair, I've not had a problem getting into or back from work over the other side of Birmingham at all this week.

In fact, when it was supposed to be really bad on Monday night / Tuesday morning, I found the roads were virtually empty, and whilst I had to drive slowly and carefully I managed to get home fractionally earlier than my usual rush-hour journey.

It probably helps that Birmingham's roads are usually covered in strata of diesel, curry-flavoured vomit, cigarette packets and chewing gum. Admittedly, it was exciting on the side roads (or should that be "slide roads") back at home, but the major routes were clear of proper snow and merely bordered with that dirty grey slush we're very good at here.

The thing is, we don't really get this sort of "extreme" (yeah, right) weather very often... all you Former Colonials and people who live in countries with proper weather have the resources to deal with these conditions - we don't: If we spent as much on keeping the roads clear as, say, Canada, we'd probably have to shut some hospitals or schools... just for something that happens once every five years.

We British love our shoddy excuses for not going to work almost as much as the French love theirs.
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« Reply #129 on: February 04, 2009, 05:37:16 pm »

I agree. Now all you others may snigger at us Brits for fretting over a minor snowstorm, but you ought to bear in mind that we have not had a snowstorm for the last 18 years. All we get is rain and the odd glimmer of sun. As such, we are not well-equipped to deal with this sort of weather.
That, and everyone just wants an excuse to stay off work.
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« Reply #130 on: February 04, 2009, 06:17:20 pm »

The advantage of all this snow is that it fills up the pot holes in the roads Smiley

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« Reply #131 on: February 04, 2009, 06:23:00 pm »

Yes but we rely on the pot-holes for grip!
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« Reply #132 on: February 04, 2009, 06:32:31 pm »

You dirty buggers! It won't even consider snowing here! Snow removals my only source of income right now  Embarrassed

That and I like snow, for the most part. But after those first six months it does get kind of old... "Summer in Banff is two months bad skiing."  Roll Eyes

That my Northern cousin is becaue Canada only has two seasons.
Winter, and July!   Grin

Actually, it's not called "July," it's called "road construction."

That sounds about right for where I am. All summer long it's just road after road of construction.
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« Reply #133 on: February 04, 2009, 07:37:43 pm »


Right about now, I bet you wish you had more coal? Smiley

We have plenty of coal, but no bloody mines.
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« Reply #134 on: February 04, 2009, 08:07:54 pm »

Actually, we've got thirteen working mines...

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« Reply #135 on: February 04, 2009, 08:19:56 pm »

I stand corrected by my learned colleague. Smiley
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« Reply #136 on: February 04, 2009, 08:34:47 pm »

My problem is that the snow melted before I got a chance to even fight a single duel in it.  Duelling in the snow has a certain élan about it, don't you think?  I take it everyone here has seen the end of Dangerous Liasons?
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« Reply #137 on: February 04, 2009, 08:41:17 pm »

People might get a chuckle out of this made by someone from here in Minnesota
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJUFTm6cJXM

I was highly amused by that video but as someone who lives on the east coast at about sea level there's a very good chance I'd be underwater.
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« Reply #138 on: February 04, 2009, 08:51:48 pm »

Actually, we've got thirteen working mines...

Smiley


ahhhhh coal...the black gold that gave Wales and Cardiff its wealth.
heres all the various mines in the UK..not all pure coal
http://www.minersadvice.co.uk/mining2000.htm

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« Reply #139 on: February 04, 2009, 09:31:47 pm »

Have you bunch melted yet?
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« Reply #140 on: February 04, 2009, 09:35:05 pm »

ah the usual weather of Wales camre back.....rain

and washed it all away. Saying that they say more snow is on the way tomorrow!
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« Reply #141 on: February 04, 2009, 10:27:49 pm »

ah the usual weather of Wales camre back.....rain

and washed it all away. Saying that they say more snow is on the way tomorrow!
See we didn't have any rain. More snow tonight...  Grin Lots...
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« Reply #142 on: February 05, 2009, 03:12:13 am »

Just want to thank everyone for the beautiful pictures of snow! Smiley

I really do love those pristine snow images.
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« Reply #143 on: February 05, 2009, 09:03:52 am »

Don't look now, but the snow has come back, another few inches and Great Britain grinds to a halt once more *sigh* so much for the Empire!
Apparently those in power deem it cheaper to let the country grind to a halt than have an infrastucture in place to deal with it, I wonder how much longer they will think that, as the costs slowly clock up...
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« Reply #144 on: February 05, 2009, 09:11:27 am »

Have you bunch melted yet?
It's snowing again Cheesy
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« Reply #145 on: February 05, 2009, 09:12:55 am »

Don't look now, but the snow has come back, another few inches and Great Britain grinds to a halt once more *sigh* so much for the Empire!
Apparently those in power deem it cheaper to let the country grind to a halt than have an infrastucture in place to deal with it, I wonder how much longer they will think that, as the costs slowly clock up...
I guess that depends on the average number snowfalls over the next several years and how much it impacts everything. Then just when they decide something needs to be done and they place the infrastructure there will be no more snow for another 20yrs. Opinion based on Murphy's Law. Grin
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« Reply #146 on: February 05, 2009, 11:00:38 am »

We've got it again, but at the moment it's not quite as bad as earlier this week. 

On an alarming note, the council says it's running out of grit and 'doesn't know when the next supplies will be in'... Shocked
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« Reply #147 on: February 05, 2009, 02:15:55 pm »

Indeed, in the London area, next Monday will apparently as boad or worse as last Monday, but there is no more grit!

Roll on the weather!
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« Reply #148 on: February 05, 2009, 02:29:55 pm »

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« Reply #149 on: February 05, 2009, 04:12:59 pm »

The whole "every 20 years" can be explained by the fact I was given a sledge for my 8th birthday and Nature decided never to grant me chance to use it. Then it doesn't snow again until I've moved somewhere with two hills in the whole flippin' county.


My problem is that the snow melted before I got a chance to even fight a single duel in it.  Duelling in the snow has a certain élan about it, don't you think?  I take it everyone here has seen the end of Dangerous Liasons?

House of Flying Daggers springs to mind.
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