Ninfield and Hooe
E FOR EFFORT, MUST DO BETTER: That is the mark I have given to the snow attempt last Friday. Absolute Rubbish. I’ll gracefully give Crowborough a C+, due to the 3cm coverage and lovely white landscapes with snow-laden tree branches. But locally? Ugh. And yet more shades of grey, more rain, and more flooding. And the media circus that shouted and screamed, from newspapers, TV and radio, with grim and ghastly foreboding, the certain probability of mass Water-World Armageddon, by 40ft waves deluging the coastlines alongside snowploughs and gritters struggling to clear the metre high drifts from the overnight blizzards. I really appreciated the look on the chap’s face in Jaywick, Essex as the designated reporter for BBC News faced him over the white picket fence in front of his static home on the seafront, and implored him to follow the Met office advice of ‘evacuate now don’t risk your life’. The chap looked at him in what could only be called and old fashioned way, with the thought bubbles above his head happily reading ‘Michael Fish, but in reverse.’ Now, don’t get me wrong, I am the first to be really appreciative of travel and weather reports saving me problems when tripping around the Country and of course, no-one wants those awful sights again of the flooding in villages and towns that has occurred over the last few years but, it isn’t just the rainfall that has to be measured people aren’t daft, they can make reasoned judgements, and should be trusted to take sensible decisions, even in this day and age. So please, Media-City, stop making dramas out of crises’, get your facts spot on and leave the panic for when we might need it otherwise lots of frozen fingers will be stuck in holey dams and too many tears will be shed over spilt wolves.