posted on Feb, 2 2009 @ 01:20 AM
It is just ridiculous-- a few comments
- The nanny state approach has made so much of the younger generations helpless without perfect roads, instant communication, instant food. I know
that may inflame some people, but the floods a couple of years ago highlighted that very clearly. The older generations are much more able to adapt
to coping if there is no electric , or if one is snowed in, or have a communication cut-off, etc etc . they have faced it before. Also the older
generations dress more for the weather – than looks....
- most people now do not know how to drive in snow and ice - there has been so little since the 1980's , except one year when we had a load. There
are no “winter tyres” or “snow tyres” or “snow chains” easily available -- In germany one expects to change to “winter tyres” –
here to get “winter tyres” it is a special order ! I think I drove using snow chains here once....
I remember I used to put a shovel, old carpet and sack of sand & salt in the boot (boot (uk)=trunk in USA english) , snow chains, and some emergency
food & small camp cooker - because in the 70’s/80’s one expected bad weather, and equipped to cope with bad conditions and to survive if one
did get stuck – especially in high rural areas like the peak district, Wales, Scotland, etc where one could easily get caught in a show drift...
so one took stuff to get oneself out of it, and took stuff to just camp-it-out of necessary.... Now people laugh at you if you put such stuff in
Buxton (highest town in England) was often snowed in – all access shut off – I often had to go there (relatives) and had some interesting
snow-time adventures !
- All infrastructure has been built based on "life as normal" - one cannot even get water without electric (notice the lack of water towers in the
uk - they have been replaced by electric pressure pumps), gas heating is electrically controlled, and so on . Solid fuel stoves are becoming popular
again – partly for style, partly because one still has heat and can boil a kettle even if all power is off.
There is so little really bad weather here in the UK, that there is little investment in equipment to deal with it . Hence when there is bad weather,
things grind to halt for a short while, but before long everything is back on track. But it is rare... I think there was one year – just one,
where they brought in a “snow plough train” in from Switzerland or somewhere to dig out the rail tracks – usually it is not worth having
anything like that here.
The news has got paranoid about bad weather, ever since we had a bad storm which was not reported and the weather centres came in for a lot of bad
criticism because no-one was prepared – so now they go “over the top” with warnings.