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Don't be unprepared for winter

Posted on: September 30, 2015

With the news that 2015 could be the coldest winter in 50 years, there has never been a better time to put a winter maintenance plan in place.

The devastating winter of 1962/63, also known as 'the Big Freeze of 1963', brought the nation to a standstill and even disrupted the national sporting calendar. Now, forecasters are warning that a repeat of the five months of snow and frozen rivers throughout the UK could be on its way, thanks to plummeting temperatures in the Atlantic. Whether or not the freak weather will reach the same record lows of -20ºC as they did in January 1963, winter is on its way and it pays to be prepared.

Throughout 2012, severe weather was the top cause of disruption to British businesses, adversely impacting up to 77% of companies.

In January this year, severe weather disrupted activity in the private business sector, especially manufacturing and services.

"The first month of 2015 has given the recovery in the Scottish economy a sharp, weather-related jolt reminiscent of the bad weather effect of four years ago," said Donald Macrae, Chief

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New Operations Manager

Posted on: September 22, 2015

There have been a few new additions to our operations and business support teams at Ice Watch recently; and we're excited to be expanding our business and providing our clients with an improved service. In the lead up to winter, it is very important for us to be properly prepared for extreme weather conditions — especially as reports say that 2015 could be the worst winter in 50 years due to the rare 'El Nino' phenomenon. With this in mind, we're pleased to announce that Steven Simpson has joined our Saxmundham office as Operations Manager.

The role will include liaising with operators and managing operational quality. It's a vital position in the company, so Steven's developed skill set and considerable experience is invaluable. With a background in military operation logistics and support, Steven has also worked in quality assurance at the MOD. Closer to home, he was a part of the Anglian Railways operational management team.

"We are delighted Steven has joined us at what is

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Our new joiner

Posted on: September 16, 2015

At Ice Watch, one of the most vital and valued parts of our company is our team. We're proud to have an efficient and professional workforce who share our commitment to protect businesses throughout the UK against the threats of snow and ice. As well as over 100 operator crews who work to keep more than 400 sites across England, Scotland and Wales operational, we also employ a dedicated team of staff at our head office in Saxmundham. Over the past year, we have won a number of major new contracts, and as a result we've grown our operations and business support teams.

The latest addition to the Ice Watch family is Laura Bailey, who has joined us as a business administration apprentice. It's a role that we're excited about: Laura will support our everyday business administration, and go on to help develop our social media strategy, something which is fast becoming a cornerstone of every company. As part of the 12-month apprenticeship, Laura will work towards a NVQ Level 2 qualification in business administration.

At Ice Watch, we believe that supporting an apprentice to learn and work is a pa

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So many words for snow

Posted on: September 11, 2015

You've probably heard that Eskimos have 100 words for snow, but you may also have heard that they only have two! It's an argument that's waged on for over a century, ever since anthropologist Franz Boas recorded the life and language of the Inuit people in his 1911 'Handbook of American Indian Languages'. In the 1950s, anthropologists and psychologists used the story as a way of looking at language and perception, but in 1991 Geoffrey K Pullum branded it 'the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax'. So what is the real answer and why has it confused people for decades?

With political correctness taking its hold in recent years you may have heard people say "You can't call them Eskimos anymore". There's a reason behind it: 'Eskimo' is actually a loose term that can mean any indigenous people of the arctic and subarctic regions of the US, Canada, Greenland and Siberia. It includes the Inuit, Yupik, Inuktitut and Kalaallit, and they speak a variety of languages, with multiple dialects of each, called the Eskimo-Aleut languages. That's

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Best of a Frozen Planet

Posted on: September 2, 2015

When the BAFTA-winning nature documentary series Frozen Planet swept its way onto our screens in 2011, we were all entranced by its depictions of life at the ends of the earth. With Sir David Attenborough's soothing tones, stunning cinematography and incredible stories, Frozen Planet was everyone's favourite Sunday night in. Four years after its release on BBC One, we look back at our favourite moments from the extraordinary series.

5. Wolf Hunt

Frozen Planet's dedicated camera crew tracked a wolf pack in the Arctic Circle for months before finally capturing a hunt on camera. The outstanding aerial photography shows a wolf pack hunting down a young bison — a darkly beautiful demonstration of the power of nature.

4. A Sea Feast

The Frozen Planet production team were the same people behind the incredible 2001 series Blue Planet, and their seafaring days aren't over. This footage of whales and seabirds enjoying a fea

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