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Do You Know What Really Grinds My Gears? (Snow/UK)  
User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

When it snows in the UK.

People are in a mad panic because we are supposed to be getting 10-15cm of snow in certain places in the next few hours... I mean WOW, 10-15cm of snow. It is almost certainly going to bring the country to a halt and cause havoc.

Why is the country so incapable of dealing with a little bit of snow? Look at some of the states in America, Canada, Scandinavia and certain areas of Europe where they cope with snow like this regularly, it doesn't bring them to a halt. I do appreciate some of these countries may have better equipment for dealing with snow than we do, but it is still no excuse for the havoc and disruption that is going to be caused over the next couple of days.

Rant over.  

[Edited 2007-02-07 20:38:40]

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User currently offlineDemoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

Think you just answered the question....we don't deal with snow regularly hence we don't invest millions in snow clearing equipment which at best would be used once a year. It's just something we've got used to in the UK, anyway its a day off work if the roads are that bad!


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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1735 times:



User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

To be honest, Im glad the UK is so crap when it comes to snow Big grin, it means if we get the slightest sprinkling, my school closes fully Big grin

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

It's been snowing here a bit today in Devon, much more in the North of the country and Cornwall. Things tend not to stop in the country, as the drivers are much better at coping with snow, those in the city though tend to have little experience of it and will panic when they get just a few centimeters of the stuff.

Time to get those sleighs out! Big grin

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Quoting BA757 (Thread starter):
Rant over.

You're a grumpy bugger aren't you? Big grin



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User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Quoting Demoose (Reply 1):
Think you just answered the question....we don't deal with snow regularly hence we don't invest millions in snow clearing equipment which at best would be used once a year.


That is just a poor excuse really though - we don't need heavy duty gear to deal with it. We don't even have to get 10-15cm of snow to cause problems, just a slight dusting causes issues.

And god forbid should we mention when there are leaves on the lines and trains!  

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 2):


Classic!  

Quoting BA787 (Reply 3):
To be honest, Im glad the UK is so crap when it comes to snow , it means if we get the slightest sprinkling, my school closes fully


That is ridiculous. I only recall one day off school due to snow when I was there. I may sound like my parents do to me, but even in the days when I was at school, it snowed a lot more and worse than it does these days.

There is a school on the end of our road, it is probably one of the best treated streets in the area when it snows, probably to avoid closures.

Adam

[Edited 2007-02-07 21:18:58]

User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
You're a grumpy bugger aren't you?

Yup, Victor Meldrew Jnr.

In all seriousness, I do actually like snow!

Adam


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Quoting BA757 (Thread starter):
Why is the country so incapable of dealing with a little bit of snow?

Because it's impossible to plow a roundabout.

Mark


User currently offlineBrettbrett21 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

It's just a big hoax, people want you to believe that it hits the fan when it snows. In reality it's just a wonderful excuse for not going to work

"I was stuck in traffic AAAALLLLL day!"


As long as it doesn't affect my flight from LHR on friday morning, let it snow let it snow let it snow!!



i'm so excited i wish i could wet my pants!
User currently offlineZarniwoop From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

BA have cancelled flights even before any snow has fallen.......

User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

Quoting BA757 (Thread starter):
People are in a mad panic because we are supposed to be getting 10-15cm of snow in certain places in the next few hours... I mean WOW, 10-15cm of snow. It is almost certainly going to bring the country to a halt and cause havoc.

I couldn't agree more, in my local supermarket earlier, the bread/milk sections were empty! I do look forward to seeing the comical driving over the next day or two though.

 Big grin

Rgds.


User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 11):
I couldn't agree more, in my local supermarket earlier, the bread/milk sections were empty!

Haha panic buying amuses me.  Smile

Adam


User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Quoting BA757 (Reply 6):
That is just a poor excuse really though - we don't need heavy duty gear to deal with it. We don't even have to get 10-15cm of snow to cause problems, just a slight dusting causes issues.

I completely agree with you, but I'm in AMS at the moment and the Dutch railways seem to have cancelled a lot of trains today because there is some snow. Now, I don't know if it's because of the snow, or if there's worse snow elsewhere in Holland but there are definitely lots of delays / cancellations here.

Apologies to any Dutch if I'm being totally ignorant about your transport infrastructure.  Wink

That said, just as I post this it's just started belting it down with snow here  Wink

JC



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User currently onlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1509 times:
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Hmm, 10-15 cm of snow...sounds like Tuesday morning here, when I drove to work with no problems.


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 8):
Because it's impossible to plow a roundabout.

We dont plough... We grit...



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User currently offlineThomson735 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

Yea we grit as well except even tho ist gritted ppl still think its icey and say ahh well i cnt drive in that, really weird

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Quoting Thomson735 (Reply 16):
Yea we grit as well except even tho ist gritted ppl still think its icey and say ahh well i cnt drive in that, really weird

Would someone please translate this?

Anyway. Putting sand on top of snow is silly. You can't get decent traction unless you get down to the asphalt.

Mark


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 17):
Would someone please translate this?

We don't get several feet of snow the way you do, it's usually just a few inches. Therefore, the need for ploughing the snow away is fairly limited, and so to keep the roads free of snow and ice, they use "grit" which is basically salt with a few added chemicals which they lay on the road in the hours prior to the snowfall. It melts the snow, prevents freezing, and keeps the roads safer.



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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1437 times:

Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 11):
in my local supermarket earlier, the bread/milk sections were empty!

Such ridiculous behavior. Do people eat differently with snow on the ground?


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 18):
they use "grit" which is basically salt with a few added chemicals which they lay on the road in the hours prior to the snowfall.

Oh!!! We call that pretreating. Grit here means sand with sharp, jagged edges.

Mark


User currently offlineThomson735 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 17):
Would someone please translate this?

Yea its english.... we taught it to americans


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Quoting Thomson735 (Reply 21):
Yea its english.... we taught it to americans

That looks very different once it's translated.  Big grin

Mark


User currently offlineThomson735 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

ahhh isee sorry i was being too defensive thought u where having a bite at me :P

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