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Why is it that when we get a bit of snow, the country grinds to a halt? I live in north London and my daughter who is in a wheelchair goes to a special school in Tottenham. We had a call from the school this morning to say that they would be closed because they didn't know if enough staff would make it in. Then we had a call from the transport department to say that they were not operating today. WHAT A JOKE! Sure we've had some snow but is someone trying to tell me that the roads of north London are impassable. I drove to my office in Welwyn Garden City this moprning. It took 25% longer than usual. You just need to slow down and keep your distance.

Right, rant over and back to work!

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Beats me.

It took my Commuter Coach 3 HOURS to get from Tower Hill to Gravesend Tollgate, around 20/23 miles. An inch of snow (or whatever it was) and
our mighty Capital is at standstill.

Who needs Terroists when we have such "Hostile" weather.

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So much for Governmrnt spin of a few days ago:- "We are prepared........ !! Yeah Right !!

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Don't feel hard done by. Where i live we have 20 to 36 inches of snow each year and are ready for it. In NY city(500 miles from here) they ground to a halt with 2 inches of snow. The city airports ground to a halt. In Washington there were discussions of whether the Government should be suspended for a few days(i wonder if we would have seen any difference). So you are not alone! <img src="/images/graemlins/yeahthat.gif" alt="" />

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23 inches...thats nought....when I was a kid we used to have snowdrifts 20 feet high and used to walk to school which was 20 miles away....

it was always open when we got there and the kids all dried out during classes....like a fckin sauna it was....

aahhh..those were the days...good old tory government as well....

and hovis.... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I can see a Monty Pythons thread coming on......thats nothing.....when we were kids....... <img src="/images/graemlins/Rofl.gif" alt="" />

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I forgot to mention that TB...Polio...and god knows what else were rife and we all used to sit huddled around a small coal fire whilst awaiting our turn in the outside carsey.....

but they were good old days...we never got mugged or attacked or robbed and the doors really were left open all the time....and...

the summers were summers and the winters were definately winters....and....

footie didn't have silly cards and posturing referees.....and....

I recall elsie harbuckle had a penchant for....

anyway...thats another story...

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Coal fire? Luxury! We used to dream of coal fires!

We had to go out in the street and wait for a passing dog to do his business, then huddled round the steaming tu rd.

For a treat on Sundays we would huddle round grandad as he sucked a Fisherman's Friend and poked his tongue out, and glad of it we were too.

When he ran out of Fisherman's Friends, we burned him.

Leave your front door open? We used to dream of having a front door TO leave open!

Outside bog! Luxury! We used to save it in case there wasn't a passing dog.....

20 foot snow drifts? Pah! Round our way the snow drifts were so high they had snow on the peaks.

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That doesn't sound very pleasant.

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SEE I WARNED YOU...I CAN HEAR THE THEME TUNE NOW!! <img src="/images/graemlins/icon_band222.gif" alt="" />

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he he he....greetings vis 1....good to see you alive and kicking.....thought that the lass had collared you and confined you to barracks..... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

are you sure about the fishermens friends......fck me....they've slaughtered thousands........ <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />......anyway...

your right about the snow drifts......what I forgot to tell you was that ours were on top of the glaciers that formed during the winter.....

the fckin polar bears used to hide behind 'em and ambush the poor little 'urchin' school children on the way to school......

I remember one winter when we started the term with 146 children in the class...(well...it was a big town)...and the polar bears ate half of 'em....

coronation street hadn't been invented then so we got our evenings entertainment by ritually burning the town dwarfs at the stake....

oh yes...those were the days.....course....there was no recreational drugs in those days either....pure heroin from the poppy straight into the stews..... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

never got colds or flue.... and....

the hovis was always fckin stale.....<img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I remember one winter when we started the term with 146 children in the class...

And they moan about class sizes today...blimey,glad i'm a kid now.

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....there was no recreational drugs in those days either....pure heroin from the poppy straight into the stews..... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


Heroin!!
You lucky bustard!
Our mam used to go out in the middle of the night, slit the throat of a syphilitic prostitute, drain her blood and have it ready for our breakfast in the morning. Set you up for the day, that did.

These crack-heads of today don't know they've got it so good!
Silver foil? Pipes? We had no such fancy drug-taking paraphenalia in our day.
When I was doing my national service in Malaya we had no rizlas for our joints, like. So we used to strip the skin of the locals and use that. That's where the phrase skinning-up comes from.

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[****!!****] mad the lot of you....LOL

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they have all gone mad because there all too old and decrepid to get out in these icy conditions so all they have in life at this moment is the forum LOL
as soon as the weather is better they will be back out using there freedom passes <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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FREEDOM PASSES.........you lucky lucky bustards!

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whats so lucky about being able to use our public transport!!

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AT leastyouhave some there..........nearest bus here 75 niles away.........you lucky...etc.

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"those who choose to move to foreign lands should suffer the consequences" LOL

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yep........permanant life sentence...............lol




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