Lately the GOS keeps finding good things to write about, which is a bit worrying, really.
Back in 2007 when the country was last under water, the papers were full of absurd hyperbole and over-dramatised accounts of the immense suffering we were all undergoing. Residents of affected areas were quoted all over the place, wringing their hands and telling us how unfair it was and no one told them anything and it was all somebody's fault.
It was such an unedifying spectacle that we were driven to posting several pages about it - such as this one, this one and this one.
Imagine, then, our immense gratification and respect for the good folk in Cumbria. Their homes are under water, their bridges (and policemen) swept away, they have to drive via Newcastle to get to the supermarket ... and do they complain?
Well, no. The GOS may have missed one, but so far he hasn't heard a single inhabitant of the worst hit town, Cockermouth, complain. No calls for world-wide sympathy, no whining about what "they" didn't tell us or hadn't done, just gritty fatalism, a calm appreciation of the efforts of the emergency services, a recognition that flooding that occurs once every thousand years cannot and should not be planned for, and a determination to get things back to normal as soon as possible, mainly by their own efforts.
Way to go, Cumbria. Not like those soft Southern bastards!
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