My Coldest memory

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Krakow, Boxing Day 1990 - we'd driven there that morning from Zakopane, on the border with what was then Czechoslovakia, where we were staying, in the mountains - chocolate-box scenery, about 2 metres of fresh snow every 24 hours, and averaging minus 17 degrees. Even at that temperature, somehow the cold did not seem so bad - bright sunshine and very dry.
In comparison, Krakow felt like walking into a meat-safe set to its lowest temperature. A stunning city, still one of my absolute favourites, but the temperatures, and being surrounded by unforgiving brickwork were staggering in comparison.
I remember finding a bar (that I still mange to visit most years) that was owned at the time by a very genial Pole, who ran the place with the help of his wife and two daughters - who introduced me to the concept of vodka straight from the freezer - it was so cold it was literally syrupy, but hit like central heating when you could eventually get it down.
Bloody COVID :mad: - 2020 was the first year I've not had a drink in there since :rolleyes:
 

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As a kid in 62/63 I clearly remember Stanmore Common ponds frozen over. The ice was 6 inches thick and kids were riding push bikes over them.

For six years I was a milkman, I loved it. One winter I remember delivering milk through two foot snow drifts, you couldn't see the road kerbs, the milk was freezing and lifting the silver tops, numb fingers, feet and brain!

Once I was pike fishing on a half frozen gravel pit. I was getting so cold I wanted to go to sleep, I realised what was happening and forced myself to move and pack up!
 

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As a kid in 62/63 I clearly remember Stanmore Common ponds frozen over. The ice was 6 inches thick and kids were riding push bikes over them.

For six years I was a milkman, I loved it. One winter I remember delivering milk through two foot snow drifts, you couldn't see the road kerbs, the milk was freezing and lifting the silver tops, numb fingers, feet and brain!

Once I was pike fishing on a half frozen gravel pit. I was getting so cold I wanted to go to sleep, I realised what was happening and forced myself to move and pack up!
I used to help the Milkman on our estate round, i remember them cold Bottles mate, i sometimes wonder how thet electric non ride float worked its way through the snow.
 

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Easter 1982 (same time as the Falklands war broke out) I was working in Germany and it was -20 at night and we had early 4:30am starts.
However, we finished around lunchtime and spent several days windsurfing on a local lake - barmy weather.
 

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Easter 1982 (same time as the Falklands war broke out) I was working in Germany and it was -20 at night and we had early 4:30am starts.
However, we finished around lunchtime and spent several days windsurfing on a local lake - barmy weather.
I got asked to go to Germany with a gang of Plasterers in 1983 after my Apprenticeship was done, i turned it Down cos i had money then to get my first season ticket and could afford to go to away games, sometimes the Love of your life stops other things happening.
 

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I wonder because I was born in November 62 so 1st few months of my life was freezing cold has effected by body. Only place I get cold is my head. Woolly hat on most winter. But never get cold feet or hands. Never wear long socks. Got a couple of pairs for wellies.
 

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Also when I get temperature taking with that machine on forehead. I also lower that rest of family.
or is that a age thing. Normally 36 to 36.2
 

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February 1980something, Seal launching a canoe off a bridge at Scouts sight in Chingford into the bomb hole.
Through a layer of ice into about 2ft of water.
Ice cracked, canoe nose plunged into a few feet of silt.
Suspened in limbo for a few seconds waiting for the inevitable.
Canoe slowly rotated and through the ice I fell.
After being dragged out, run down to shower block (3 or 4 minutes run)into a hot shower fully clothed to defrost.
 
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