(sigh) MORE Snow!

December 16, 2010

Yep, the little white fluffy things are falling out of the sky as I type! 😦

Hopefully it’s too wet out there for them to settle at the moment but, and it’s a big BUT, we are supposed to be having below zero temperatures tonight which means not only will we have icy conditions to deal with first thing, the snow shower which is forecast for 6am will probably settle on top of ice 😦

We’ve been VERY lucky here in Oxfordshire as far as snow goes up until now, but things look like they could be taking a definate turn for the worse on Saturday!  This could make the Christmas shopping I’ve got planned a bit interesting 😉

No doubt people will all be affected by the snow again, work days will be lost, roads will be blocked, cars will be abandoned, and we will once again descend into chaos.  People will start to complain about roads not being cleared and will point fingers at those who’s job it is, the councils and the Government, just like they did a few weeks ago.. Which I’ll readily admit, makes me laugh 🙂

I probably shouldn’t say this (but it’s my blog and I can say what I want!!) but how dumb are some of the people who complain?  I get the part about how councils should try to keep the roads clear but for goodness sake, the snow ploughs and gritters are driven by people!!! They’re not automated machines!! What the hell are the councils supposed to do if the gritter and snow plough drivers themselves can’t get to work?  Magic some out of thin air? It’s not like you can just get ‘anyone’ to drive one of the lorries, they need an HGV licence which the majority people don’t have.  Also it’s been so cold in parts of Scotland that the road salt isn’t melting the ice as the temperature is too low, and the snow plough blades are being broken by the ice.  I’d love to know how people think this should be dealt with, maybe the complainers should get their thinking caps on and come up with a solution for the benefit of us all instead of sitting there whinging.

My other gripe with people and the snow is that, inspite of the severe weather warnings saying “Don’t drive unless it’s an emergency”, people will still try and then complain like hell that it takes them 6 hours to get anywhere.  The dumbest example of this in the recent snow were the drivers, in some parts of the country, who tried to drive even though they had been told THE ROADS WERE CLOSED!!! Come on, how dumb can you be?  Talk about asking for trouble!

No doubt we will see more of this over the coming days on the news reports and I, for one, will sit and wonder about the intelligence of some people!


I.C.E Your Mobile

December 22, 2008

And no, I don’t mean stick it in the freezer! -)

I don’t know how many of you have heard of I.C.E., it stands for In Case of Emergency.  Basically it means that you put an entry in your mobile phone with I.C.E. as the prefix and in the unfortunate situation that you are involved in an emergency or an accident, the medical personal or emergency services can easily find your loved ones or next of kin’s phone number in your phone if it is needed.

I.C.E is the brainchild of a British paramedic who came up with the idea after he encountered difficulties with alerting the family members of accident victims.  In the wake of the London terrorist bombings the idea has taken off, via the internet. 

There may be some concerns about privacy, but when a life is on the line, rescue workers insist the benefits of I.C.E. far outweigh any risk.  “I don’t know if it’s an invasion of privacy because if you have a cell phone anyways, we’re going to start hunting and looking as well. So, wouldn’t you rather have a designated person that we can contact immediately and get the information that we need?” said one emergency services worker.

Here is an interview with Bob Brotchie, the paramedic who came up with the idea.

It is such a simple thing to do and could mean the difference between life and death.  As soon as I read about this online I decided I had to do an entry about it in my blog, plus I also now have my I.C.E. contact in my mobile phone.