The Great British Snow effect
It is at best bemusing and at worst embarrassing the reaction of the Great British public to the advent of a few inches of snow.
A sort of mild panic is triggered in the British psyche whereas some see it as a sort of Armageddon, where they discuss nothing else but their plans to get home, or their plans to get to work.
The media seem to get carried away too. Today two documentaries are featured telling of former freezing periods in Britain's history, seemingly screened to coincide with the current snowy weekend.
Then we have those who selfishly panic buy and generally go into the 'siege mentality'.
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God help us if there ever was a catastrophe; some would no doubt rip your hair out to get to the bread aisle first.
Why does Britain grind to a standstill when snow and ice materialise do you imagine; other countries seem to manage? With rail, roads and even airports closing; it's almost absurd.
One taxi receptionist exclaimed last night in war torn fashion that: "There are no taxis duck, the drivers have been through it all day and are exhausted".
Been through what you might wonder, war, famine, plague? No, a day's worth of snow flurries.
You can conclude that the relevant authorities do not make any provision for snowfall and no doubt they cross their fingers that it won't happen. It usually doesn't.
But in the last few years the weather patterns have changed where we have been experiencing cold snaps for successive weeks. So is it time for the authorities to make contingency plans for this shifting climate change?
In the meantime some people should understand what others enjoy about snowfall. The rat race calms down, the earth becomes oxygenated, aggravating traffic is put in its place and we stay indoors and hibernate accepting there will be disruption to our lives for a day or two.
And for the more adventurous, discovering sledging is an outdoor revelation.