19 January 2013
The news is, there is no snow. Glasgow is basking in glorious winter sunshine. Social media seem to be swamped with photos of snow (mostly very idyllic it has to be said) and people smugly recording how they are tucked up safe and warm watching trashy TV.
Firstly then, the light and funny:
The 'ticker' says
ENGLAND AND WALES EVACUATE ALL MAJOR CITIES
Mass panic as snow falls, many people don't know what to do
PRIME MINISTER ASKS SCOTTISH PEOPLE'S ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO
My advice: move to Glasgow!
Secondly the more serious. In areas affected by snow there will be people who ill or in need of medical treatment and unable to get out, there are people whose employment is essential to the continued infrastructure of national life (e.g. the utilities, hospitals, supermarkets, etc.). There are rough sleepers who may freeze to death, there are people vulnerably housed or with very low incomes at risk of hypothermia. And so on, and so forth.
We can delight in the beuaty of nature.
We can have our fun.
Maybe we also need to bear in mind that there is a dark side to the white stuff...