All we’ve been hearing for the past week is ‘ooh there’s snow forecast for Friday’ – we looked outside in anticipation this morning it’s just wet and miserable; so much for our sledging plans! Remember when the world stopped for snow? Editor Elena Cresci reminisces on the end of last term, when the white stuff was all anyone could talk about…
Motorways ground to a halt, public transport was almost nonexistent and SNOW DAY were the words on every school child’s lips. UK Snow 2010 brought all the expected chaos and was all that anyone talked about for a good week. No respectable TV news reporter was without their ruler that week, as though no one would believe the depth of the snow without the aid of this pencil-case favourite to prove it. For the third year in a row, snow lorded it over the UK and laughed as we attempted Christmas shopping in our colourful wellies, with comedic falls aplenty in the slippery conditions.
Swansea was spared the snow to begin with, with my Facebook feed chock-a-block with ‘SNOOOOOOOOOOW’ statuses from friends even as nearby as Cardiff, while everyone from Swansea wondered what the fuss was about. ‘Don’t like snow? Then come live in Swansea!’ quipped one friend. Of course, the joke got as far as a Facebook group, as these things so often do.
Naturally, sod’s law had to come into play; I bet those Swansea students wishing so hard for snow thoroughly regretted it once it was piled on top of us all at once on the very weekend that most people were trying to leave Swansea! Spare a thought for those needing to take flights home – I know of one friend who made no less than three attempts to return to Northern Ireland, and I bet things were touch and go for a fair few of the International students as well. My flatmate had to attempt a train journey to Dorking, near Gatwick, on the Saturday that every single headline had something to do with the white stuff. The normally four-hour journey took SEVEN AND A HALF HOURS. Oh the joys of public transport. Though it wasn’t as if the roads were any better, as things were pretty bad between Swansea and Cardiff the day before.
But it’s not all travel delays and misery. If you were stuck in Swansea, at least you could entertain yourself with some snow-based activities. Major cool points go to our local Councillor Peter May, who used an old Lib Dem stakeboard as a makeshift snowboard. Anyone else think that Constitution Hill would have made for some epic sledging? Then there’s always the more artistic option of snow sculpting, as was exhibited to great success at Casa Cresci when my Dad created his Santa masterpiece.
Speaking of snow sculptures, I think it’s time for someone to ‘fess up. This e-mail from Student Support on Thursday the 23rd of December caught my attention :
The extreme weather conditions provide plentiful recreational opportunities and we would encourage you to enjoy them but also request that in doing so, you show consideration for others’ safety and wellbeing. We have received a complaint regarding a highly offensive ice sculpture in a garden in Brynmill. This has now been removed but we would be grateful if any further artistic endeavors could be restricted to those not likely to cause offence.
Thank you and seasonal good wishes to all.
My bet’s on a giant snow sculpture of a gentleman’s crown jewels. You have to hand it to them – it must have been a truly epic work of snowmanship to have garnered a complaint to the University the day before Christmas Eve.
So students of Swansea – were you worried that you’d be spending Christmas in our fair city? Anyone got any travel stories? Or are you the culprit of the offensive snow sculpture? We’re all ears – contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or just send a Tweet our way @thesirenswansea.