With a period of dry but cold weather now forecast for much of the country, residents of the flood hit Somerset Levels are finding solace in the possibility that the water covering much of their county may freeze and allow them to take up Curling, which is fast becoming a national obsession.
In Glastonbury, stonemason Giles Herbert has been inundated with orders for Curling Stones since the Olympic competition began yesterday. “I just can’t keep up!” He said when asked about the turn-up in business. “My phone’s ringing off the hook with people asking if I’ve got any granite to make a pair of stones for them. All the apprentices are finding it a real change from the usual requests for statues and fountains – I’ve even had to take a couple of extras on.”
Many in the region are now looking to the skies, hoping that a predicted arctic cold mass will turn out to be true and that they will be able to indulge in the nation’s new favourite sport.
“I’m totally addicted to Curling.” Said Janice Potter, whose house in Westhay has been one of many ravaged by the torrential rain. “A gang of us in the rescue centre have been crowded round the telly the past few days watching the matches. We’ve been playing ourselves with office chairs, saucepans and brooms, but I can’t wait to get out on the ice and slide up to the hogline to see if I can get my stones into the house.”
Gary Pearson, another resident of the rescue centre and skip for the newly formed ‘Somerset Sliders’, was also enthusiastic about the possible impending freeze. “I’m loving the idea of getting outside and setting up a sheet. We’ve already arranged a friendly against a team from the centre in Langport, provided the waters don’t recede too much before the temperature drops.”
Julia Sibert, professor of Psychology at Bristol University, said this kind of obsessional behaviour is normal in moments of crisis. “This captivation by Curling is similar to the Blitz Spirit seen during the Second World War. People commonly pull together during a disaster and find ways to lighten the mood, despite the despair they may be experiencing. Though this mania will pass as soon as Great Britain are eliminated from the competition, or Eric Pickles visits the region again, allowing them to take up their true love of forming lynch mobs.”
Residents look forward to Curling on frozen Somerset Levels
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With a period of dry but cold weather now forecast for much of the country, residents of the flood hit Somerset Levels are finding solace in the possibility that the water covering much of their county may freeze and allow them to take up Curling, which is fast becoming a national obsession.Posted 8 months ago #
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