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My Weekly Rant 5 Heavy snow in the UK more snow forecast and freezing temperatures
The snow is back
Well once again the snow is back in the United Kingdom and the country descends into chaos and this is what forms the subject for this weekly rant!!
Snow has hit us early this year and our wacky weather in the UK just seems to be getting more erratic as the years go by.While the Children of this country love the snow especially if the schools heating gives up the ghost and forces the school to close leaving the kids at home to play and enjoy the snow it causes more problems for parents and the country as a whole.
Now don't be fooled there are places in the UK that have had significant snow fall so far but i believe its the Media that hypes up the snow so much they try to frightened people into not leaving their homes and all of a sudden the whole country grinds to a halt. Of course in a recession this is the last thing we need people out working is what we want so we can try and get out of the economic nightmare we are all in at the moment.
The Media just loves a story about the weather and the snow is no exception but it is beyond the ridiculous when they send out reporters down country lanes and side streets that have not been visited by the trucks salting the roads to make things look more dramatic.Of course people at home see all the snow and think its time to throw a sickie hide under the duvet and call the Boss to say you're snowed in under 10 foot of snow.
The truth of course is that yes side roads are always and always will be worst effected but 200 yards down the road is a main road which Has been salted and is perfectly clear and completely and with care safely passable but this doesn't look as good on the 10 o'clock news does it.
The amount of snow that could keep you at home!!!
Snow and what the media should do
What the media should do when the snow hits is inform us the public when the snow is heading our way and what roads are passable and weather it is safe to drive.We know if what the roads are like down our own streets just by looking out the window.
The Highways agency was caught out badly last year by the snow almost running out of salt to grit the roads.This year though the Highways agency has got 60% more salt stored away than last year and has new trucks that put a brine liquid solution on the roads which is much more effective than just gritting so for the best part most major roads should not be as badly affected so much this year by the snow.
The media however don't want to mention these facts instead prefer to tell us about a ladies Fiat Punto that she cant get out of a side street.
MY OPINION OF THE SNOW
The people of the country can help themselves with a bit of community spirit we can all clear own own drives and the fit and young can help our elderly neighbours by clearing their drives and generally checking on them to see if they are OK.With this community spirit maybe we can get the kids off to school with a few snowballs along the way get off our drives and on to the main roads to get to work and keep this country running and not be defeated by this powdery frozen water.
Advice to be safe in the snow
- Be safe and try to keep warm in the snow
- Make sure you take a fully charged mobile phone with you when out on the road
- Put a blanket a flask and some food just in case you do get stranded in your vehicle
- Check on elderly neighbours in the snow
- Try to clear your own driveways
- Don't believe the urban myth that if you clear your driveway that if someone slips on it you can be sued as this is not the case
- wrap up warm with hats and scarfs
- and last of all if it is really bad and you cant get to work then get a sleigh and take the kids out and enjoy it while you can
Why not while we are on the subject of the cold snow why not check out my hub on Frozen the Movie 2010
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