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THEIR faces glowing and their hearts beating furiously, children enjoy few things more than romping in the snow.

And with bucket-loads of the stuff lying deep and crisp and even across the region, they have certainly got plenty of snow to enjoy.

Especially since many of them have had time on their frostbitten hands thanks to the closure of their schools.

Only the grouchiest spoilsport would deny them their high jinks during this the coldest of recent winters.

And even the grouchiest spoilsport might reconsider that view now that a doctor has pronounced that playing in the snow is actually good for youngsters.

That is something that most people have long suspected.

They are enjoying is good harmless exercise with their friends in the open air rather than slouching alone in front of a television or computer screen.

But while this weather is great for children, it poses dangers to the rest of us.

Keep an eye on old and frail relatives, friends and neighbours.

Drive with caution and take care when walking along icy pavements.

And please refrain from stealing grit from their bins - it is there so the council can use it for everyone's benefit.

THE end-of-year figures for Jaguar and Land Rover are not a cause for unbridled joy for, unsurprisingly, sales dipped last year.

But take another look and you will see that the car manufacturers finished 2009 strongly, staging a remarkable fight-back as the impact of the worst recession for decades began to lessen.

That is great news for JLR and great news for the West Midlands.

This is a region still heavily reliant on manufacturing industry and it is encouraging that two of our biggest beasts are stirring.

Fingers crossed this marks a real upturn in the West Midlands' fortunes.

Well done, JLR. More of the same from all our companies, please.
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