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Last word | Squirreling away for winter

The AWS Returners Conference eases the sting of an approaching cold snap for Kevin Poulter

1 November 2012

It was only last month that I was celebrating the innocence of youth but since then my thoughts have turned much more macabre. The natural world has changed from its warm, lush splendour to a stark minimalism seemingly overnight as the trees shed their leaves and a frost covers the streets and fields. The already overfed squirrels in St James’s Park are filling their cheeks to maximum capacity in preparation for hibernation that happily coincides with fewer picnicking tourists (surely a Darwinian theory?) and once again the nights are coming sooner and weekends seem a little shorter. Any hope of an Indian summer is as dead as the goodwill and cheer that we enjoyed over the Olympic season. The public transport system that was momentarily fully operational and moved smiling, chatting, happy-go-lucky commuters from place to place is once again a melting pot of steaming misery and weekend maintenance works. We have been plunged into the depths of a...

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