Thursday, 21 January 2010

Snowy weather

Well the snow has gone although we have been promised further supplies.

Reminds me of the winter of 1962/3. (Can you hear the violins in the background?)

At the time I was still single and living at home with my widowed mum. However she went to Singapore for a month around Christmas time to see my sister who was married to a RAF Officer and stationed out there.

As I was at work all day the our bungalow got very cold. No central heating in those days. Ah sad. Only coal fires. As a result the water pipes froze up but even worse because of the exceptional cold most of the outside water supply pipes to all the neighbours property also froze up. The only exception was the house next door where for some reason the water continued to flow. Hence most other neighbours were without water.

Because of the situation my next door neighbour took pity on me and suggested that when I came home from work I stayed round there and slept in their spare room.( As there was a back boiler to the coal fire in the bungalow if the fire had been lit there would have been an almighty bang!)

To help the other neighbours out we took down the fence between our two properties so that people could come up our sideway and get into the nice neighbours kitchen to fill up their buckets with water. It was quite funny as all evening there was the tramp tramp of feet coming down our side alley and the the sound of buckets being filled in the kitchen whilst we were in the living room. We never knew who was in the kitchen at any one time! It was the typical British wartime spirit. The neighbour on the other side of our bungalow actually lit a huge bonfire in his front garden to try to defrost the underground pipes but without success.It took several weeks to get our bungalow completely defrosted on my mothers return.

Getting quite exciting today as the new ezines I am using to promote the 4 steps and seem to be very successful even just after the first day.

Thought for today:- You have heard the ancient Chinese proverb " Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" However you may not have heard the quotation supposedly attributed to Karl Marx:-

" Sell a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity"

Joke for today:- A man walked into a bar and went "Aaaagh". It was an iron bar.

On this day:- 20/1/10. In 1937 Roosevelt took office again for a 2nd term

John Beaumont

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