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Old 28th February 2018
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Snowballs....!

A head teacher in East London, we are told, has banned his school's pupils from touching snow, or even going out in it. He said that snowballs are DANGEROUS! (my capitals) Uh? SNOWBALLS? And here was I thinking that the children would love it. Just shows how very misguided one can be, doesn't it?

So let's all chant it together: "EVERY SNOWFLAKE CARRIES A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING!"

Any takers out there?
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Re: Snowballs....!

I was taught only yellow snow is potentially dangerous, and brown snow of course. Don't lick your fingers.
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Re: Snowballs....!

I wish these people would be confronted by a (proper) Journalist who asked:
*Did you say this?
*On what grounds did you say this?
*Have you any proof of what you said is correct?
*Can you report any adverse reactions by Pupils who may have touched Snow?
*Is this an instruction detailed in this Schools' Rule Book?
*Are you acting on behalf of some 'Greater Authority', as in your own MessPot?
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Re: Snowballs....!

Conkers are also dangerous now I am told.
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Re: Snowballs....!

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Conkers are also dangerous now I am told.
I seem to recall that one council actually cut down a row of conker trees because of the danger of conkers falling off and hurting passers by. The school were our kids went banned them from playing conkers for health and safety reasons.
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Re: Snowballs....!

So 16 year old boys cannot play with snowballs and conkers because it is too dangerous, but at 18 we send them to be shot at in Afghanistan or other trouble spots. Makes sense, doesn't it?
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Re: Snowballs....!

The head in question was on the radio the other day, explaining the reasons.

He had come from a school where a pupil had been blinded by a snowball. He also stated that if you allow the pupils to even touch the snow, it soon escalates into a snowball fight with everyone getting cold and wet and unable to function in their lessons properly.

The way he put his case, it seemed pretty reasonable to me.

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Re: Snowballs....!

Before I retired I was caretaker for two schools, infant and junior. Both on the same site.Clearing the snow I was hit by a snowball thrown by a junior, of course I threw one back. When I entered the junior school building, I was confronted with, "Mr Hall, we don't throw snowballs here".
At the infant school things were different, at playtime the whole school moved to the playing field to make snowmen & throw snowballs.
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Re: Snowballs....!

Somewhere in Darwin's notes was some suggestion that teachers are a different subspecies.

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Re: Snowballs....!

When I was at school, we made slides in the snowy playground, threw snowballs at each other, fell over and grazed our knees; yet we learned our lessons, and we didn't get any permanent injuries.

However, you may recall that the French got somewhat routed by Herr Bismarck's forces in 1870-1. The French government had placed very large orders for weapons with Birmingham arms makers. After the defeat, they reneged on the orders (that's how Prof Chinn recounts in it his book), causing dreadful loss of employment and poverty in Brum. Well, some firms sold 30 inch saber bayonets on the markets for a penny of three halfpence; and revolvers plus ammo for around a fiver, in order to recoup some of their losses. Birmingham kids bought the bayonets,took them to school, and had mock fights in the playgrounds! Some head teachers made it far worse by banning them from doing that. Did any get hurt? Probably not. On the other hand, the revolvers got into the hands of crooks, and that resulted in some people getting shot.

I think that ought to put snowballs into perspective,didn't it?
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