Cameraderie of strangers I have met

PUBLISHED: 09:19 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

THERE'S snow business like snow business so when most of the country grinds to a halt, thank you to the lad who delivered my paper each morning and the milkman for making sure there were bottles on the step for our tea and wheatybangs.

THERE'S snow business like snow business so when most of the country grinds to a halt, thank you to the lad who delivered my paper each morning and the milkman for making sure there were bottles on the step for our tea and wheatybangs.

Thanks also to the posties for delivering the bills as normal and to all those who kept the power, gas and electricity going under such difficult circumstances.

Congratulations to all doctors, nurses and members of essential services who walked through the snow and ice to ensure that there was as little disruption as possible. Commiserations to all those poor T.V. reporters who stood in the middle of snowy fields, by the side of icy roads and in rural villages, well off the beaten track, not forgetting the unfortunate cameramen who brought us news that we already knew about. It made me smile to see two reporters trapped on Dartmoor and had to stay in a local hotel. They were filmed the following morning making their escape in their van. On the subject of forgotten cameramen how the heck did this one get home? Did he have to run after the van or hitch a lift? How I appreciated the camaraderie of strangers I met when I slipped out to the local shops, people who in normal circumstances would not have given me the time of day.

So many people to thank and so many memories now the thaw has arrived.

After three horrible summers is it just possible that in 2010 we can be rewarded by the three month heat wave we were promised for last year. Methinks we deserve it after the capers of this January.

GEOFF MALHAM

Clarence Grove Road, Weston

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