SNOW has been THE feature of life in Geordieland this last week and has affected almost every aspect of it - 300+ schools closed, traffic chaos, etc. - not helped by Newcastle City Council's refusal to clear footpaths in the city centre - which makes even walking in the city centre treacherous, not least for the elderly (see the photo above, as an example of the treacherous conditions). We pay our council taxes but Newcastle City Council do not deem it necessary to clear snow from any public footpaths, even though there is 15 cm of ice and snow on them. This just cannot be right. Perhaps it'll take someone's death, caused by a fall, to make the Council do something.
The Daily Mail (once again, as they do each year) enjoyed the chance to engage in a bit of social-classism by mocking Geordie girls' legendary dislike of winter coats when out on 'The Toon' - in this article entitled
Readers' comments to the article were mixed, with large doses of regionalism/social-classism (which the article panders to):
'Howay man, it's not cold!' As Britain shivers, Newcastle girls prove they're not frightened of a bit of snow
"The cheap gets even cheaper. Thank god I am a Londoner!"
I took this Lowry-like scene on way home from the Newcastle-Chelsea match at the weekend: