Monday, 2 February 2009

Winter 1947

The winter of 1947 was one of the hardest that Britain had ever faced. Snow, ice and freezing temperatures hit a Britain weary from six years of war, hungry, short of coal to heat our homes, mortgaged to the US. Our parents and grandparents nevertheless just carried on.

In London the buses never stopped running.

Now with a few inches of snow, TfL and the bus companies have halted all of the capital's buses. Shameful.


Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more.

And I was at secondary school during the hard winter of 1962-3. The heating broke down, due to underground pipes freezing. What did they do, send eveyone home? Not on your life, they installed temporary heaters in all the classrooms, everyone kept their coats on, and education continued.

Bunch of wimps now. Pathetic.

Where is the Dunkirk spirit?

Bessie said...

The reason my children's school is closed is that the teachers can't get there. Most live in our city's satellite villages, unable to afford the inflated house prices in town over the past decade. (We parents moved here when houses were still affordable.) The routes into town and the ring road are crowded at 8.00 a.m. most days, so the slightest hitch causes everything to grind to a halt.

Most pupils walk, so they arrived on time, only to find that the school was closed. Today's early-morning mass snowball fight in front of the school may have been the most stupendous and joyful in recent decades ...

So, that's modern Britain: overcrowded cities and a fragile transport infrastructure. No wonder we get laughed at.

JuliaM said...

It's 'elf & safety!

Anonymous said...

Come of it anon 1962 was quite soft compared with 1947.
Then postmen near froze to death as they did their deliveries on foot.
People carried on because they didn't know any better.
Nowadays you all is so sophisticated. and you knows yer rights too.