I'm a proud Brit - but why can't we deal with snow?

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This country is great for so many reasons. Despite being born in the land down under, I am proud to be British and proud of what our nation stands for.

I'm proud of how we rally round those less fortunate than us and proud of our heroes – in all their guises, from the services to the world of sport.

We may be a small country, but we're still a force to be reckoned with.

But – and you knew there was a but coming, didn't you – why are we so totally useless at dealing with weather extremities?

I've been absolutely baffled by how a country as strong as we are can fall at the mere drop of some white stuff.

All right, it was a bit more than a drop, but come on people. Pull yourselves together for goodness sake!

We just seem to collapse every year, whether it's because of a heatwave, a downpour or fall of snow.

I'm not saying I'm totally blameless in this. We were supposed to go to Wales on a relaxing pre-Crimbo 'spa break' earlier this week, but instead opted for the security of staying somewhere a little closer to home – and by closer I mean Hayling Island!

Goodness knows what the manager at the Langstone Hotel thought of me when I rang him last Friday begging for a couple of days in his four-star complex.

I pleaded my case, stating poor weather as a reason to fit me into his spa hotel a few days before Christmas.

He must have thought I was a complete drama queen, but nonetheless he agreed to put me up.

I have to admit it really felt like we had had a proper break, despite only being a few minutes down the road from home in Pompey!

They had an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and the best cooked breakfast the south coast has to offer. So despite me feeling slightly disappointed at not making it to Wales, I think I've done a service to the local economy by spending my cash in Hayling.

I'd like to wish you all an amazing Christmas and may I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2010.

Here's to a better, more prosperous 2011! See ya round the corner!