Saturday, February 10, 2007

Snow Job

In an effort to beat my mate Joel in the race for the world's most gut-churningly bad (and vaguely rudest) pun, here are some shots of the snow here in Buckinghamshire. The first is the view from a Chiltern Lines train travelling between London and Wycombe. It's a hill just outside Beaconsfield and you can see the trails made by happy schoolkids who've ditched the hoodies and knives for sledges, toboggans and anything that will slide down a snow-covered slope.

The second photo is the view from where I live across the Hughenden Valley. You can just make out the memorial to Benjamin Disraeli showing pale against the trees at top left.

The final shot is my cul-de-sac with wife Dawn's bugglegum pink SMART Car half buried.

Of course, the TV and newspapers have been full of stinging accusations ...
"Why weren't the railways ready for this?!"
"Why do we cope so badly when it snows?"
"How come other snowier countries can cope?"
Well, that's the point isn't it? We're not a snowy country. This is the heaviest snowfall we've had in ten years and most Canadians or Scandinavians would laugh at how pitiful it is. I think people would moan a damned sight more if local authorities and train companies spent thousands of pounds every year (undoubtedly leading to higher local taxes and ticket prices) stockpiling expensive machinery and salt and grit on the off-chance there's an abnormally heavy fall of snow. And besides, does it really do the country any harm to let the kids have one extraordinary day off where they can forget peer pressure, teaching targets, brand name jealousy, gang allegiance, computer games, comparing MP3 players and mobile phones ... and actually enjoy being kids?

Sod 'hug a hoodie'. Grab the kids and build a snowman.


joelmead said...

I like a bit of bugglegum myself;)

joelmead said...

But seriously, some very nice photos!
London didn't get anywhere near as much snow…

Stig said...

Bugglegum ... see? That's what happens when you listen to 1980's electro-pop when you're blogging. Of course I meant 'bubble gum'.