[00:12.68]What does 'a cold welcome' refer to?
[00:20.26]On Wednesday evening,
[00:21.92]we went to the Town Hall.
[00:24.75]It was the last day of the year
[00:27.28]and a large crowd of people had gathered under the Town Hall clock.
[00:33.95]It would strike twelve in twenty minutes' time.
[00:38.44]Fifteen minutes passed and then,
[00:42.46]at five to twelve, the clock stopped.
[00:47.32]The big minute hand did not move.
[00:52.06]We waited and waited,
[00:54.47]but nothing happened.
[00:57.16]Suddenly someone shouted.
[01:00.13]'It's two minutes past twelve!
[01:04.13] The clock has stopped!'
[01:08.21]I looked at my watch.
[01:11.34]The big clock refused to welcome the New Year.
[01:16.31]At that moment,
[01:18.58] everybody began to laugh and sing.