a reply to: trollz
I live on the north shore of the Thames Estuary, in a little town ironically named Southend-On-Sea. It is in the county of Essex, and this year we
have had one of the warmest winters I have ever lived through. It's been consistently above ten degrees, for most of the winter, and certainly for the
last four to six weeks at least. Flowers have been blooming over the last little while that shouldn't be seen until the beginning of spring, there are
birds, bees, wasps, and little flies all over the place... It was sixteen degrees c the other day!
This is not in any way normal, safe, or good. Despite the unusually warm temperatures, I have seen people wandering about in coats and hats, and
complaining about the cold.
Now it must be said, that although we are one of the warmest counties on the mainland of Britain, we usually get at least a few weeks of freezing
temperatures, maybe a little hail, or the very occasional bout of proper snow. Even if there is no snow, the wind and rain and sleet usually drop the
temperature down pretty well. This wintertime , we have had double digit NIGHTS! That's right, you heard me, nights where the temperature remains
above ten degrees! And still people have been exclaiming "Oh that's a bitter wind!", or "Brrrrrr!".
And yet, this is not cold. This weather does not understand the meaning of cold, it has never been to the same parties as, or have any of the same
numbers in its mobile phone, no contacts alike with cold. Cold weather means that it is MINUS ten degrees, with a wind chill of a further minus five
degrees, cold means wearing thermal undergarments and thick gloves, and marching into a blizzard in order to go for a pint with ones mates, because
the busses cannot run on the ice and snow slicked roads, un gritted thanks to the useless local council. Cold weather means smashing a two inch thick
ice off our back stairs so that we can get to work, gritting the frontage outside our store, and digging a path to our shop doorway because snow has
drifted up against our door and window... This winter has been PATHETIC!