The scale of this unique calamity requires a unique response.
It is better of course than it used to be. When Krakatoa erupted near Java and Sumatra one August day in 1883, pill about 40,000 people died, many of them in tsunamis triggered by the explosion. But it took so long for the outside word to find out that not much could be done to help.
But even these days, the clearing up and rebuilding is often left to the local people and their governments who suffered in the first place.
A year ago, the ancient Iranian city of Bam was struck by an earthquake. It killed about 30,000 people. A year on, survivors are still living in temporary shelters.
Archive for December, 2004
It seems wrong to concentrate on a British tragedy when so many have died but according to AZ Central:
Hollywood actor-director Richard Attenborough’s family also suffered tragedy. His granddaughter, Lucy, 14, perished and his daughter, Jane, and her mother-in-law are missing in Phuket. Another granddaughter, Alice, 17, was being treated in a hospital.
(1) BBC News – Quiz: 52 weeks 52 questions
(2) Canadian TV – Year End Quiz
(3) Financial Times – Quiz 2004
(5) New Scientist – End of 2004 Quiz
(6) New York Daily News – 2004 Movie Quiz
(7) The New York Times – Pratfalls, Catcalls and Spitballs: A Year in Ephemera Year End Quiz
(8) The Observer – 2004 Books Quiz
Time to put your creative hats on ladies and gents – this time you need to pen a little something to welcome in the new year – a poem, a limerick, a haiku, an essay – the form and content are up to you.
Closing date is midnight on 1 January next year and the prize is a compilation cd, handpicked for the winner. Tremble ye not.
Entries can be posted on your blogs, in the comments, in an email, whatever you’re happiest with and I’ll gather them all up in a collection for prize day.
And the winner is… Leah! She obviously hasn’t been in the US long enough yet though, Milk and Biscuits indeed! Karan was a very close runner up with just one error (8. Fossette De Chariot). Here’s the complete list:
- Nymphe D’Enchaînement / Web Nymph
- Pas asse’ont dessiné dans le monde / Not Enough Drew in the World
- Aléatoire Pense / Random Thinks
- Chien ou plus haut / Dog or higher
- Lait Et Biscuits / Milk and Cookies
- Le Cancer rit nerveusement / Cancer giggles
- Une belle révolution / A beautiful revolution
- Fossette De Chariot / Dolly Dimple
- Épousseter Mon Cerveau / Dusting my brain
- Je pourrais avoir été un compétiteur / I could have been a contender
Bleep, bleep, bleeeeeeeeeeeeeepety bleeeping internet connection is dodgy so I’ll try and get a few posts in while I can.
Times I wished I had a camera #1: Frodo running his tongue along the bumpers of cars to on Christmas Day, trying to eat as much snow as possible in one go.
Starfire has an interesting post about Justice Department lawyer John Yoo while Jo has a link to David Sedaris reading the Santaland Diaries. Oh fiddlesticks, shop oodles of Sedaris. Must. Go. Back. Later.
Question: What have Subbuteo, turtles, Indiana Jones and Llanddewi Brefi got in common?
Answer: All of them have featured in some of the most-read stories on the BBC Wales news website this year.
Time for supper – Paul Rankin Irish soda bread with Green Thunder cheese, a present from my father. Mmmmmm.
This was originally written about Venice, but after reading about the loss of almost 23,000 people to the sea yesterday, i can only remember the last two lines, over and over.
Inna LilAllayhih Wa Inna Allayhih Rajai’un… to Allah we belong, and to Allah we shall return. (Traditional Muslim invocation, upon hearing of a death.)
Great Christmas posts, part 1:
If you’re fed up with/don’t celebrate Christmas, how about a snowball throwing challenge?