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PICK OF THE DAY; Woking v Northwich Setanta Sports 1, 7.30pm.

Byline: James Milton

THIS damn cold snap is getting me down, writes James Milton.

I hate having to pick up frozen sparrows and feeling their tiny wings beat limply in my palm as they whisper a throaty farewell to this fine life of hedgerows and worm-catching.

I also hate the painful chafing of the thighs that is an inevitable consequence of sleeping in a thermal jump-suit.

And if the game between Woking and Northwich falls victim to the weather, us sports fans will be left with nothing but Sky Sports 2's Netball Superleague action.

Initially, when I saw netball in the TV listings, I was appalled that our nation's footballers - crying off work because of the cold - were being shown up by a bunch of hardy girls in little pleated skirts.

When it was explained to me that top-level netball actually takes place in warm leisure centres, I felt slightly less appalled.

I think we're all getting a bit carried away with the cold - it's not as though the River Thames has frozen solid as it did in yesteryear.

Then the plucky residents of London held Frost Fairs on the ice, with food stalls, and horses and carts fearlessly crossing the great river.

If we get to that stage again this year, I'd like to see a Frost Transfer Fair set up on the Thames with all the Premier League managers and their unsettled players skating around.

Instead of agents, there'd be cheery Cockney children yelling: "Get your Stewart Downing here!

Lovely fresh Scott Parker! Just 12 million groats to you, kind sir!"
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2009
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