I am trying to resist the temptation to write about the weather, but really nothing much else is happening here.Â Today I decided to spend the day at home reviewing a huge pile of HR policies instead of walking either one mile or five miles to work (depending on whether the buses are running).Â I haven’t even set foot outside, although the kids have been all over the place.Â Frankie and Charlie are making an igloo in their back garden and Chrystal is going over to help now.
It is not just me having nothing to say or write about apart from the weather though.Â Â One of the RSS feeds I follow is the Horsham local paper. This is what the feed currently looks like:
- Snow: school closures Friday – updated
- Real-life man of snow
- Snow: school closures Friday
- Snow: care workers pull out all the stops – audio
- Snow: county council extra workers drafted in – audio
- Fallen tree blocks Cowfold road
- Horsham (Aus) 40 degrees; Horsham (UK) -4 degrees
- Snow: 1,000 999 calls in 24 hours
- Snow: Thursday – ice creates major problems; schools closed
- Horsham recycling and rubbish collections suspended [because of the snow]
- Snow: county warning to drivers
- Snow: school closures for Thursday – update
- Snow: police report no major incidents
- Snow: Warnham hit by power failure
- Snow: advice for safer driving
- Snow: audio – county has enough grit
- Snow: latest disruption
- SNOW: pictures of obstacles
- Snow: more snow at weekend
- Snow: delays and cancellations to transport
- Send us your snow photos
- Snow: schools shut across county
- Snow: traffic chaos in Horsham district
- Snow: schools gear up for closures
- Snow: Gatwick Airport runway closed Tuesday night
- Snow hits Horsham
- Snow: police warn motorists
- County council prepares for the snow
- Snow: latest Met Office forecast
That’s right – of the last 29 entries, going back to Jan 5th, 28 relate to the weather – unless the Cowfold Road tree fell because of the weight of snow, in which case nothing at all has happened in the whole of Horsham that is not related to the weather!
Ironically, the printed version is due out tomorrow morning and I will probably be unable to get it at my local shops… because of show disrupting the deliveries.
Number 28 amused me.Â My first thought was that they must have prepared by panic-buying bread, bog rolls and tinned food for their homes, because the state of the roads in Broadfield doesn’t provide much evidence of anything more practical than that.
The story itself says that “gritters will be working round the clock as part of the effort to keep major A and B road routes open” so presumably Tollgate Hill is not a major B road route, despite being the route lorries use to deliver food to Morrisons and Iceland at the Barton.
It also says that they were “preparing to distribute salt in hippo bags to around 100 key locations for hand spreading.Â These will mainly be shopping precincts and hilly areas“.Â Obviously, and despite the clue in the name, the Tollgate Hill area is not hilly and our local shopping precinct is not a shopping precinct.Â Â That is a pity because delivering these hippo bags sounds like a really good idea and full marks to WSCC for coming up with it.
Maybe the overall picture for the county is as rosy as it is painted but, yet again, the north of the county is very much the poor relation, and within that area Broadfield seems to get the lowest priority. I am reminded of that line from The Commitments where Jimmy says:
The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.
We should adapt that for Broadfield!