July 23, 2007

Change the National Curriculum – We need weather lessons.

Looking at the number of stranded cars on the roads this weekend, you have to wonder whether people are wearing blinkers that prevent them from looking upwards. Perhaps television sets had a minor failure during the week. Maybe people were so excited by Harry Potter fever, they forgot to check out the weather forecast.

Because some of the complaints after the floods made me think the rain had appeared from nowhere. Did no-one expect roads to get blocked or trains to be cancelled?

Warnings that people should delay travel except where absolutely necessary didn’t seem to be heeded.

Obviously, there was little that could be done in places like Tewkesbury and Upton-upon-Severn. Flooded homes are a consequence of the Anglo-Saxons deciding to live near rivers, often on flood plains.

The most telling photograph was one of a field under several feet of water, next to a sign promising “An Exclusive Development of 2-5 Bedroom Homes”. Anyone thinking about moving to the Thames Gateway would be wise to find an apartment near the top of a block of flats.

As I say, there’s not much that can be done about the towns built close to rivers. The threat of once-in-a-century floods aren’t worth the expense of building permanent defences.

But much like when it snows, hails or gets a bit too hot, Britain goes into meltdown. If millions of people had just stayed at home like they were supposed to, there’d be much less grumbling going on.

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  1. But we’re British. We don’t let a piffling thing like weather get in our way. Stiff upper lip and all that, toodle-pip!

    23 Jul 2007, 12:24

  2. I think you are being a little unfair. Not sure how many businesses would allow staff to not go to work or visit customers due to possible adverse weather conditions. We had a lot of people stranded in our village who were heading out to catch flights/ferries for their one and only holiday this year. It’s easy to say people were stupid for travelling, but when your kids are in a school that’s closing early and you have to pick them up then what are you supposed to do? If millions stayed home everytime we were predicted heavy rain, snow or what not, it would be a major headache.

    23 Jul 2007, 13:08

  3. My criticism wasn’t meant that generally. It’s more the people who drive their cars through a puddle, which becomes a stream, which becomes a river, and then they blame the government for not doing enough to stop the flooding when their car packs up.

    Or the hundreds of thousands of people sat on motorways that the radio stations had been warning for hours were getting clogged up.

    23 Jul 2007, 13:24

  4. When we decided where in Norfolk we were going to live, we chose somewhere which we knew wasn’t going to be flooded – it’s on top of a “hill” (a technical term referring to a bit of land that is more than five metres above the rest of the land around it) and we have never had any water problems. Of course, the people in villages around us are nicely on the flood plain, and they have got quite flooded.

    23 Jul 2007, 21:30

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