[00:08.91]What does 'a cold welcome' refer to?
[00:14.72]On Wednesday evening, we went to the Town Hall.
[00:18.79]It was the last day of the year
[00:21.36]and a large crowd of people had gathered under the Town Hall clock.
[00:27.32]It would strike twelve in twenty minutes' time.
[00:31.02]Fifteen minutes passed and then,
[00:33.72]at five to twelve, the clock stopped.
[00:37.35]The big minute hand did not move.
[00:40.24]We waited and waited,
[00:42.85]but nothing happened.
[00:44.64]Suddenly someone shouted.
[00:47.19]'It's two minutes past twelve!
[00:50.22]The clock has stopped!'
[00:52.53]I looked at my watch.
[00:55.93]The big clock refused to welcome the New Year.
[01:00.16]At that moment, everybody began to laugh and sing.