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Suzie writes with a fine story to tell of a weekend visit to her Mum's place where, in a bout of attic-box-raking, she got her paws on a very old book with a long note in it from the author to her great great grandfather. The book -- how about this for a title? -- is called Famous Frosts and Frost Fairs in Great Britain, Chronicled from the Earliest to the Present Time; the author was Mr William Andrews.
Here is the truly wonderful tale from the page which Suzie screen-grabbed for me. Enjoy it...
The whole book is free to read online -- you can view it here -- though surely this is one you should track down during an afternoon of pleasurably relaxed trawling around some secondhand bookshops?
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Famous Frosts, with its incredible stories of frost fairs on the Thames, does call to mind Nasa's climate change vid ... just in case you were still in any doubt about the issue.