...we didn't have as much trouble with the snow. Because... 1. We had coal fires and the ashes from the grate would be thrown on the road and footpath. 2. There was a greater community spirit. Everybody would join in to shovel the snow off the road, not just off the doorstep. 3. Most of the drivers were men, many ex-Army, where they had learned to drive in adverse weather conditions. 4. Extra bus services were put on. Not to cope with an increased demand, but to keep the roads clear of snow. In snowy weather, they'd be running all night instead of finishing at 10pm. 5. Homes were poorly insulated and the roaring fires would pump out plenty of heat, increasing air temperature and reducing the amount of snow that fell. We also had heavy industry and polluting chemical works that did an excellent job. 6. We didn't have supermarkets, so there was no need to take the car for the weekly shop. Just give the kids a 10/- note to get the bread, potatoes and beans from the corner shop. Milk was delivered, so that wasn't a problem. 7. Kids didn't have video games or DVDs, so they'd be gathering at the bottom of steep hills waiting to push cars up slippery slopes in the hope that the driver would throw them a few coppers. What else have I missed?