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    Ice age

    I was telling my sister, who lives in Geneva, how cold it had been recently. She told me how the temparature over there had fallen to -23degC. Here are some pictures of cars parked by the lake after the wind had whipped up the water over the wall.

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    Bigger ice scraper needed!

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    This pic is always flying round the 'net aswell and always attributed to america, i KNEW it was lake geneva, i'd recognise those trees anywhere

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    here is Russia we have -29 today. Some people say its unusual, but I believe it is normal temperature for our region (Volga area), so nothing special. Of course its very unpleasant, freezing cold and children dont go to school hehe

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    Always makes me laugh when we complain about the weather in the UK, then we sit back and watch shows like Ice Road truckers where they talk about -40 temperatures etc...

    Sure, its been cold for us in the UK, but it is nothing really compared to other countries.

    But we do like to whinge about the weather, it is 'quintessentially British'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Always makes me laugh when we complain about the weather in the UK, then we sit back and watch shows like Ice Road truckers where they talk about -40 temperatures etc...

    Sure, its been cold for us in the UK, but it is nothing really compared to other countries.

    But we do like to whinge about the weather, it is 'quintessentially British'.
    Those furriners might think they're tough, surviving -60C, but let's see them stick out 7 1/2 months of drizzle a year without going stir crazy.

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    The reason we can't cope and complain is because it is out of the ordinary.
    The countries that carry on regardless do so because they experience adverse weather conditions routinely

    However, yes, as Britons, we are especially good about moaning about the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbeast View Post
    The reason we can't cope and complain is because it is out of the ordinary.
    The countries that carry on regardless do so because they experience adverse weather conditions routinely

    However, yes, as Britons, we are especially good about moaning about the weather.
    Yes, its out of the ordinary, but it doesn't really have a huge effect on the country... What difference does it make to the country if we hit -4 or -10? Not much really.

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    I was more referring to the ice and snow that is caused by such temperature

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbeast View Post
    I was more referring to the ice and snow that is caused by such temperature
    And how it only take about 3 flakes to bring the entirity of the UK's rail system to a grinding halt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    And how it only take about 3 flakes to bring the entirity of the UK's rail system to a grinding halt?
    See, this is my point. The amount of snow we've had this year isn't out of the ordinary. It is in fact quite low. We've had a sprinkling in the south west, and a sprinkling in London, the only places that got it heavily are the usual spots where they get it every year.

    Yet, Heathrow cancelled flights, and the media made out that the apocalypse had arrived...

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    But we don't get it for weeks and months on end.

    If the goverment/councils spent millions on infrastructure to cope with 2-3 days of snow a year the taxpayers would have something to say about it.

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    Hmm I wonder if those cars would still be drivable? Surely that amount of ice and water when melting must cause some havoc with some cars?

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