More Than 25 Percent of All US children Now on Chronic Prescription Medications


Study: ADHD Drugs Proven Absolutely Useless for Children

Children taking ADHD medication may be at risk of sudden cardiac death (New York Daily News)

Ritalin and other ADHD drugs lead to sudden death in children (Examiner)

If  drugs like Ritalin would be useless that would actually be a good thing:

“Ritalin uncouples the frontal lobe from the rest of the brain.”
– A German Prof. of Neuroscience

A nice (partial) lobotomy!!!

Vaccines, water fluoridation and drugs work:

Pentagon Data: Nearly 1 in 4 Fails Military Exam – 75 Percent of Those Aged 17 to 24 Don’t Even Qualify to Take The Military Exam Because They Are Physically Unfit, Have a Criminal Record or Didn’t Graduate High School.

(NaturalNews) The rate of prescription drug use among children and teens continues to rise, with a new report from Medco Health Solutions Inc. saying that at least a quarter of all U.S. children are now regularly taking pharmaceutical drugs. And according to the report, many of these drugs were originally intended for adults, and carry with them unknown side effects for long-term use in young people.

The Wall Street Journal
(WSJ) reports that in addition to taking drugs for conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and asthma, children are now taking things like sleeping pills, diabetes drugs and even statin drugs, which are typically only prescribed for adults. The report cites an eight-year-old boy, for example, who has been taking blood pressure medications since he was a baby.

Dr. Danny Benjamin, a professor of pediatrics at Duke University, admitted to the WSJ that prescribing chronic medications to children is a serious problem. “We know we’re making errors in dosing and safety,” he said, noting also that parents must do more to question the safety of medicines their doctors prescribe.

Experts worry that the increasing prevalence of children on prescription drugs is causing these young people serious harm, and that parents should instead seek out dietary and lifestyle changes for their children. But because many doctors continue to dole out the drugs like candy, despite known dangers, many parents just accept them for their children without giving it a second thought.

Read moreMore Than 25 Percent of All US children Now on Chronic Prescription Medications

New Obama Eligibility Challenge Reaches The U.S. Supreme Court


Hawaii Official Now Swears: No Obama Birth Certificate Exists


Elena Kagan Blocked At Least 9 Obama Eligibility Lawsuits


Michelle Obama says Barack’s Home country is Kenya – full statement

And speaking of eligibility, do you remember this? 🙂

Obama Claims He Has Visited 57 States

The following video exposes also several other elite puppet US administrations:

Elite Puppet President Obama Exposed

Obama is just another elite puppet President like Bush, Clinton etc.

Attorney calls for recusal of Obama judicial appointees

Barack Obama’s Family Holiday In Hawaii Costs At Least $1.5 Million As Mainland America Is Battered By Storms.

(WorldNetDaily) — Another legal challenge to Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the White House has been docketed for consideration before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the plaintiff this time formally is asking that the justices appointed by Obama, the “respondent” in the case, be excluded.

“There is a widespread perception among ‘conservative’ media figures such as Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin that judicial appointments have been made by the respondent Obama with the expectation of favors in return. This has combined with a campaign of ridicule and ‘unthinkability’ on these serious issues led by the press spokesman of the respondent Obama among others,” said a “motion to recuse” submitted by attorneys working on behalf of Gregory S. Hollister, a retired military officer.

Laurence Elgin, one of those coordinating the efforts to reveal the problems with following the Constitution in the United States, also announced a new organization and website, the Constitutional Rule of Law Fund, to pursue cases that defend the U.S. legal system and the Constitution.

He told WND that the Hollister case, throughout the district and appellate court levels, never was denied standing, a major hurdle that has torpedoed many of the other eligibility disputes to rise to the level of court opinions.

The motion cites Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, both of whom were awarded the lifetime tenure positions on probably the most influential court in the world by Obama.

Read moreNew Obama Eligibility Challenge Reaches The U.S. Supreme Court

Australia: Monsanto GM Strain Blows Organic Status Away

To contaminate everything with GMOs is the intent, because it renders any resistance useless.

This is also the reason for the GMO security research, where small agribusiness front firms, which are directly connected to the agribusiness giants like Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow Chemical, BASF, KWS Saat and Bayer, create with almost no oversight, small GMO test fields (usually around 9 square meters) as close as possible to the seed banks, whose responsible it is to keep our seeds as pure as possible.

In Germany these criminals get €350.000 for each of those 9 square meter test fields from the government to contaminate our food supply.

This is not a conspiracy. This is real.

Notice that it is the chemical industry that wants to be in charge of our food supply!

What could possibly go wrong?

Meet the real terrorists:

US Conspired to Retaliate Against European Nations If They Resisted GMOs: Wikileaks Cable Reveals

MUTANT canola crops genetically engineered to survive repeated sprayings of herbicide have been approved for planting.

This is despite the furore over GM contamination of an organic farm.

The West Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food, Terry Redman, has called on the organic industry to bend its rules to permit some GM material, declaring purity to be “unrealistic”.

WA grain farmer Steve Marsh was stripped of his organic certification this week after GM canola seeds allegedly blew 1.5km over his boundary from a neighbouring property at Kojonup, southeast of Perth. He is now setting an Australian precedent by threatening to sue for damages.

“The GM industry must control its technology,” Mr Marsh said yesterday.

“If a GM farmer wishes to grow it, that’s his business, but he must be responsible that it doesn’t impact on his neighbours.”

Mr Marsh said he was considering legal action but was awaiting the results of a WA government investigation.

A spokeswoman for Monsanto — which sells the GM canola seeds as well as the Roundup herbicide used to spray it for weeds — yesterday said the multinational corporation would support the GM farmer if the case ended in legal action.

She said the GM farmer — whose identity has not been revealed — had complied with his obligation to keep a 5m buffer between his GM crop and the adjoining farm.

“The canola grower has met all his legal requirements,” the Monsanto spokeswoman said.

“We’d certainly be looking to support him in any way we could.

“Having a couple of canola plants blow into a farm should not be affecting its organic wheat status. Both farmers have done everything they should have.”

Read moreAustralia: Monsanto GM Strain Blows Organic Status Away

200,000 Australians Affected By Floods Covering Larger Area Than France And Germany

See also:

Australian floods send coal prices soaring (Telegraph)

Australian floodwaters rise as bushfire threat looms (The Guardian)

Some 200,000 Australians have been affected by flood waters covering an area larger than France and Germany combined.

An aerial image showing properties hit by floodwaters in Emerald, Queensland Photo: EPA

Military aircraft dropped supplies to towns cut off by floods as rising rivers inundated or isolated 22 towns in the state of Queensland.

Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister, visited flooded Bundaberg, and flew over Emerald, as she promised that families whose homes were damaged would be eligible for disaster relief payments. On Thursday, she pledged about £650,000 in federal aid to match a relief fund already set up by the state government.

The Queen meanwhile extended her “sincere sympathies” to those hit by the floods.

Officials say half of Queensland’s 715,305 square miles is affected, after being hit by as much as 24 inches of rain this month, causing swollen rivers to overflow.

Read more200,000 Australians Affected By Floods Covering Larger Area Than France And Germany

US Cables: Gabon’s President Bongo Pocketed Millions in Embezzled Funds, Funnelled Money to Chirac and Sarkozy

Gabon’s late president allegedly channelled money to French political parties in support of Nicolas Sarkozy

Gabon’s President Omar Bongo and France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy in Libreville, July 2007. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Gabon’s late president Omar Bongo allegedly pocketed millions in embezzled funds from central African states, channelling some of it to French political parties in support of Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a US embassy cable published by El País.

A senior official at the Bank of Central African States (Beac) told a US diplomat in Cameroon of Bongo’s “brazen” defrauding of the bank which holds the pooled reserves of six central African countries, including Gabon, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Shortly after Bongo’s death in 2009, the US embassy in Yaounde said the bank source told them: “Gabonese officials used the proceeds for their own enrichment and, at Bongo’s direction, funnelled funds to French political parties, including in support of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.”

The cable, released by WikiLeaks, continued: “Asked what the officials did with the stolen funds, the Beac official responded, ‘sometimes they kept it for themselves, sometimes they funnelled it to French political parties.’ Asked who received the funds, the official responded, ‘both sides, but mostly the right; especially Chirac and including Sarkozy.’ The Beac official said ‘Bongo was France’s favourite president in Africa,’ and ‘this is classic Françafrique.'”

The secret cable also detailed how the Gabonese Beac governor had secretly placed €500m in high-risk investment with French bank Société Générale.

Read moreUS Cables: Gabon’s President Bongo Pocketed Millions in Embezzled Funds, Funnelled Money to Chirac and Sarkozy

The Coldest Weather Britain Has Experienced In 300 Years


The mini icebergs were formed in the coldest weather Britain has experienced in 300 years

THESE children have seen nothing like it. They are standing amid ice floes in the sea off the North-west coast of England.

The mini icebergs were formed in the coldest weather Britain has experienced in 300 years. They cropped up at Solway Firth, Cumbria, in an area where the temperature stayed below minus 8C during the recent big freeze.

The biggest is around 20ft long and 3ft thick. A Met Office spokesman said yesterday that the floes were probably formed in the Cumbrian Hills.

He added: “They most probably tumbled off the hills where the water has frozen in rivers and streams and ended up in the sea where they float a bit like an ice cube in a gin and tonic.”

But amazed locals will have to make the most of the unusual Arctic picture because milder weather is set to melt them away.

Friday December 31,2010
By Daily Express reporter

Source: The Daily Express

See also:

Britain: Coldest Christmas Day EVER (-18C)

Naval Research Laboratory Charts Show Damaged Loop Current

Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory: ‘Gulf Coast Oil Spill’

Europe: Coldest Winter in 1,000 Years On Its Way, Connected To Gulf Stream Changes, Say Scientists

Life on this Earth Just Changed: The North Atlantic Current is Gone

Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico Has Stalled From BP Oil Disaster!

Global Cooling and the New World Order:

The Bilderberg group discussion agenda in 2010:

“The 58th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sitges, Spain 3 – 6 June 2010. The Conference will deal mainly with Financial Reform, Security, Cyber Technology, Energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Food Problem, Global Cooling, Social Networking, Medical Science, EU-US relations.”

Global Cooling!

Barack Obama’s Family Holiday In Hawaii Costs At Least $1.5 Million As Mainland America Is Battered By Storms.

Barack Obama’s family holiday in Hawaii is reportedly costing at least $1.5 million (£1 million) as mainland America is battered by storms.

U.S. President Barack Obama hits a shot at the Klipper golf course on his Christmas holiday in Kailua, Hawaii. Photo: HUGH GENTRY / REUTERS

The calculation of Mr Obama’s holiday costs included $63,000 for his wife’s early flight out, and $16,800 to house Secret Service agents and Navy Seals in beach front accommodation for two weeks.

There will be a further hotel bill estimated at $134,400 for 24 White House staff staying in the Moana Hotel at a rate of $400 a day.

The estimate, by the Hawaii Reporter, also included $250,000 for local police overtime, $1 million for the president’s own round trip flight to Hawaii on Air Force One, and $10,000 for a local ambulance to accompany the presidential motorcade.

Read moreBarack Obama’s Family Holiday In Hawaii Costs At Least $1.5 Million As Mainland America Is Battered By Storms.

UN: Ivory Coast on the ‘Brink of Genocide’

UN ambassador says houses are marked by tribal allegiance and calls for international intervention

UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast. The UN ambassador Youssoufou Bamba has called for international support to avert an escalation of post-election violence in the country. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Ivory Coast is on the “brink of genocide” and the world must take urgent action, the country’s new ambassador to the UN has warned. Youssoufou Bamba also claimed that some houses were being marked according to the tribe of the occupier.

The plea came as the UN accused the security forces of the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, of blocking access to mass graves, saying investigators believed as many as 80 bodies may be in one building.

World leaders have stepped up pressure on Gbagbo to quit in favour of Alassane Ouattara, who is widely recognised as having won last month’s elections.

Speaking in New York, Bamba, who was appointed by Ouattara, described him as the rightful ruler of Ivory Coast. “He has been elected in a free, fair, transparent, democratic election,” he said.

“The result has been proclaimed by the independent electoral commission, certified by the UN. To me the debate is over, now you are talking about how and when Mr Gbagbo will leave office.”

Bamba alleged there had been a “massive violation of human rights”, with more than 170 people killed during street demonstrations. “One of the messages I try to get across is to tell we are on the brink of genocide. Something should be done.”

Read moreUN: Ivory Coast on the ‘Brink of Genocide’

Euro Has 1-In-5 Chance of Lasting Decade – Spain and Italy have to Refinance Over 400 Billion Euros Of Bonds In Spring

The euro is certainly not the ‘foundation of our prosperity’:

See this:

Why is Greenland so rich these days? It said goodbye to the EU!

and this:

Angela Merkel: ‘If this is the sort of club the euro is becoming, perhaps Germany should leave’

and watch Max Keiser.

A demonstrator burns a five euro note during a protest in downtown Madrid against capitalism and the G20 Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy November 15, 2008. Credit: Reuters/Susana Vera

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro currency area has only a one-in-five chance of surviving in its current form over the next 10 years because of competitive imbalances between its members, a leading British think tank said on Friday.

The Center for Economics and Business Research said Spain and Italy would have to refinance over 400 billion euros ($530 billion) of bonds in the spring, potentially sparking a fresh crisis within the 16-nation euro area.

“The euro might break up at this point, though European politicians are normally able to respond to a crisis,” said CEBR Chief Executive Douglas McWilliams in a list of 10 forecasts for 2011.

Sovereign debt crises in Greece and Ireland have rocked euro nations this year, leading some commentators to speculate that Germany could eventually lose patience with bailing out its more profligate neighbors, triggering a split in the currency bloc.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly stressed Berlin’s commitment to the euro and she said so again in her New Year message to the country on Friday.

“The euro is the foundation of our prosperity,” she said. “Germany needs Europe and our common currency. For our own well-being and in order to overcome great worldwide challenges. We Germans assume our responsibility, even when it is sometimes very hard.”

Read moreEuro Has 1-In-5 Chance of Lasting Decade – Spain and Italy have to Refinance Over 400 Billion Euros Of Bonds In Spring

Sacramento Girl Needed Amputation Of Both Feet And A Hand After 5-Hour Wait At Emergency Room

Malyia Jeffers, 2, has Streptococcus A, which has led to the amputation of both feet and a hand. She is now being treated at Stanford’s children’s hospital.

As his tiny daughter’s skin turned blotchy and her body went limp during a lengthy wait at Methodist Hospital’s emergency room, Ryan Jeffers panicked.

“This wasn’t a simple flu,” he said. “My daughter needed help.”

Little did he know that the girl was near death from a common infection that had invaded her blood and was raging out of control, ultimately causing the amputation of both of her feet and one of her hands.

Malyia Jeffers, 2, is still fighting for her life at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and her Sacramento parents are left wondering how a simple Strep A bug turned into a medical horror story.

“What could I have done differently?” asked Jeffers, who along with the girl’s mother, Leah Yang, has been keeping vigil in Palo Alto for nearly a month. He wonders, he said, whether he should have pushed harder to get his daughter care in the emergency room where the family waited for five hours to see a doctor.

“I’m angry, but I can’t deal with that right now,” he said. “I just want my daughter to get better.”

Read moreSacramento Girl Needed Amputation Of Both Feet And A Hand After 5-Hour Wait At Emergency Room

Veterans Today: ADL To Attack Journalists And Publications Tying Israel To Wikileaks

There is a list, the Bush administration’s “working group” that green-lighted 9/11.  Of the five names on it,  three are Jews.  “

Last week, responding to a deluge of news reports tying Israel to Wikileaks, Julian Assange announced he finally planned to release 3700 cables from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, documents previously withheld from the public.  In a press release, Assange said he planned the “dump” in 6 months but didn’t indicate how many other documents involving Israel were being withheld.

Veterans Today has been informed by sources within the ADL that, in coordination with Julian Assange’s announcement, they were “tasked” by the Tel Aviv government to begin operations against journalists and online publications that had let to Wikileaks being discredited as an Israeli intelligence operation.  Sources indicate that Tel Aviv values Wikileaks as a vital asset in molding public opinion and providing cover for high risk operations.

ADL’s website is loading up with warnings and attacks, all defending Wikileaks and Julian Assange and attacking news sources that print materials either critical of Julian Assange or citing Israel’s involvement in Wikileak’s agreement to allow material critical of Israel to be censored.

“If we had Wikileaks up to speed, the Goldstone Report would never have been heard of at all.  There isn’t anything that can’t be covered up by a Julian Assange scandal.  I just hope something doesn’t come up where it gets so serious that Assange will have to be assassinated.  He is really a loveable dupe.” (ADL source)

The ADL source cited publications and as the largest threats, followed by author Jeff Gates.

“We know we aren’t going to be able to reach their audience.  Our job is to insulate our own base, America’s Jewish population, one increasingly sympathetic to progressive alternative publications.  With Israel and President Obama at each others throats and 78% of America’s Jewish population having supported Obama in the presidential election, we could be playing with fire here.” (ADL source)


It isn’t a very well kept secret that the ADL and AIPAC are agencies of Israeli intelligence.  Their litany of transgressions is being dragged into the open by former AIPAC Lobbyist Steve Rosen in his defamation lawsuit against that organization.  In 2004, the FBI tried to close AIPAC down for spying, only to see their criminal cases blocked by Bush administration officials.

Now, with the ADL openly going after the press for reporting ties between Julian Assange and Israel and Assange’s agreement to allow Wikileaks to be censored by both Israel and press organizations working with them, has exposed Wikileaks to even more embarrassment.

ADL actions to publicly defend Wikileaks is blowing up in their faces.

“I have no idea what they were thinking back in Tel Aviv.  What kind of idiot would try to keep the Wikileaks and Israel thing quiet and then have the ADL run around like maniacs calling people names.  The ADL should keep to spray painting swastika’s on synagogues and sending articles to “Stormfront” and leave the thinking to people better equipped, if there still are people like that around….which I am not so sure of.”  (ADL source)

Read moreVeterans Today: ADL To Attack Journalists And Publications Tying Israel To Wikileaks

Food Safety Bill Invokes Codex Harmonization And Grants FDA Authority To Police Food Safety Of Foreign Nations

See also:

US House of Representatives Passes Unconstitutional S.510/HR 2751, The Food Safety Modernization Act

Unconstitutional S. 510 Food Safety Bill Passed by Senate in Late-Night Sneak Attack on Small Farmers and Food Freedom

BETRAYED BY THE GOP – Unconstitutional S.510 Food Safety Modernization Act Sent Back to House Tuesday 12.21. PUSH BACK NEEDED NOW!

And Now: Democrats Pull Fast One With S. 510 Food Safety Bill

(NaturalNews) Of all the talk about S.510, virtually no one has actually read the language in the bill — especially not those lawmakers who voted for it. The more you read from this bill, the more surreal it all becomes. For example, did you know there’s a global FDA power grab agenda hidden in the Food Safety Modernization Act? Keep reading and I’ll quote text straight out of the bill itself.

Section 305 is entitled “BUILDING CAPACITY OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WITH RESPECT TO FOOD SAFETY” and it gives the FDA authority to set up offices in foreign countries and then dictate the food safety plans of foreign governments. It says, specifically, on page 217 of the bill (…):

(a) IN GENERAL. – The Secretary shall establish offices of the Food and Drug Administration in foreign countries selected by the Secretary.

It then goes on to say:

(a) The Secretary shall, not later than 2 years of the date of enactment of this Act, develop a comprehensive plan to expand the technical, scientific, and regulatory food safety capacity of foreign governments, and their respective food industries, from which foods are exported to the United States.

Huh? The FDA is now going to run the food safety programs of foreign governments? Look out, world: I’m from the FDA and I’m here to help!

Homeland Security and U.S. Treasury also involved

So who is involved in creating this? Believe it or not, the global “food safety” plan is to be developed under consultation to the Department of Homeland Security as well as the U.S. Treasury. As the bill states:

(b) Consultation – In developing the plan under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the United States Trade Representative, and the Secretary of Commerce, representatives of the food industry, appropriate foreign government officials, nongovernmental organizations that represent the interests of consumers, and other stakeholders.

You might reasonably wonder “What does the Department of Homeland Security have to do with the FDA’s food safety plan?” Or “Why is the U.S. Treasury involved in the food supply?” Learn more about the Federal Reserve and you’ll have the answers to these questions. I don’t have space for all the details here, but read Ed Griffin’s book and visit if you really want to know what’s behind a lot of this.

Codex harmonization, data sharing and more

So what does this global food safety plan actually entail? It’s all spelled out right in the language of the law. You can view this yourself on page 195 of the bill text in the PDF file at…

(c) Plan – The plan developed under subsection (a) shall include, as appropriate, the following:

• “Provisions for secure electronic data sharing.”

This is so that the FDA can electronically track and monitor the food production activities of foreign nations. That way, if somebody in Spain tries to sell raw almonds to the USA, the FDA can make sure those almonds get irradiated or fumigated with chemicals first. Because raw almonds are so dangerous they have actually been outlawed in America (

• “Training of foreign governments and food producers on United States requirements for safe food.”

This is designed to shove the FDA’s “dead food” agenda down the throats of other nations. The FDA, you see, believes that the only safe food is dead food — that’s why, along with the USDA, they have declared war on raw milk, raw almonds and many raw vegetables (…).

Now, with this law, the FDA will begin pushing its dead foods agenda globally, essentially exporting the FDA’s agenda of death and disease by making sure other nations destroy the nutritive qualities of their food supply in the same way the U.S. is doing. It’s all great for the global Big Pharma profiteers, of course. The more disease they can spread around the world, the more money they’ll make from selling medications.

Codex Alimentarius is also promoted in the bill

The “Plan” described in this bill continues with the following:

• “Recommendations on whether and how to harmonize requirements under the Codex Alimentarius.”

This is included so that the FDA will “harmonize” the U.S. food and dietary supplement industries with global Codex requirements which outlaw virtually all healthy doses of vitamins and minerals. Under full Codex “harmonization,” America will be left with a dead food supply and the health food stores will be virtually stripped bare of dietary supplements. Selling vitamin D at a reasonable dose such as 4,000 IU per capsule will be criminalized and products will be seized and destroyed by FDA agents who recruit local law enforcement to bring in the firepower.

All this will, of course, ensure a diseased, nutritionally-deficient U.S. population. This actually seems to be the goal the FDA has been trying to achieve all along because the more diseased the population, the more money gets collected by Big Pharma for “treating” sick people with medication and chemotherapy.

Read moreFood Safety Bill Invokes Codex Harmonization And Grants FDA Authority To Police Food Safety Of Foreign Nations

Top Expert Dr. David Viner (University of East Anglia) in 2000: ‘Children just aren’t going to know what snow is’

Christmas myths: the mystery of the ‘Vanishing Snow’

Britain in Winter 2010 (copyright: Dr David Viner/Mark Lynas – Nostradamus Inc)

Until this week, the most-read story in the online edition of the Independent was Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past, the one from March 2000 in which top expert Dr David Viner of the top-rated Climatic Research Unit at the famed University of East Anglia used his superbly honed predictive powers to make this now legendary warning:

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”

But  it would be a shame if Dr David Viner were to take all the credit for the unutterable stupidity and wrongness of warmists everywhere. Here, for example, is a quote from a book published as recently as 2004: (H/T Ishmael2009)

On sale next to the desk were several Christmas cards, each showing children making a snowman under a heavy winter sky, the pretty white flakes swirling around them as they gathered up the snow in their duffle coats and woolly mittens. It was the traditional British winter, everyone’s dream of a white Christmas. And what no one knows – or likes to admit – is that it’s probably gone for good.

I haven’t seen snow like this for over seven years in Oxford, which isn’t too far from where I grew up. Back in 1996 there were a few days of snow (no big deal, less than ten centimetres deep. I remember it principally because I fell off my bicycle on the ice) but since then nothing. In fact snow has become so rare that when it does fall – often just for a few hours – everything grinds to a halt. In early 2003 a ‘mighty’ five-centimetre snowfall in southeast England caused such severe traffic jams that many motorists had to stay in their cars overnight. Today’s kids are missing out: I haven’t seen a snowball fight in years, and I can’t even remember the last time I saw a snowman.

Like the Christmas snow, the holly and the ivy may soon be distant memories.

Read moreTop Expert Dr. David Viner (University of East Anglia) in 2000: ‘Children just aren’t going to know what snow is’