There's no day like snow day


I don't remember snow days when I was at school though I guess they must have happened. I do recall the brilliant winter of 1963, the ice not melting off the inside our non centrally-heated bedroom, sledging in the fields at the bottom of the lane, skid-pan cycling etc etc.  My family shared in the universal joy on Monday and Tuesday and the children were able to use their sledge properly for the first time in years.

My car took its own holiday as the attached photo shows, and we went for a wonderful winter walk. I don't think my children's education suffered disastrously from their time in the open air, and my wife and I were able to continue working thanks to broadband and the telephone. Not so easy of course for people who cannot work at home, particularly when they have to make emergency arrangements for children.

There is the usual tit-for-tat about whether gritting was adequate or not - the answer is probably not. But there are other questions about the impact of health and safety culture.How many schools stayed closed on Tuesday just because they could not guarantee parents or pupils would not slip when crossing the playground and then who would be liable? I'm not sure why St Albans market did not open today but again I suspect that health and safety reared its ugly head. There is much that is improved as a result of health and safety legislation.

My wife comments on the huge improvements in safety on building sites. But too often it seems to give a let-out for people not to deliver public services on which we all depend. Or just prevent basic common sense measures for fear of being sued - I assume that must have been the reason for the ludicrous television pictures of people falling down all around Waterloo Station because no-one had dared to salt the pavements or steps.


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