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Blown Away

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New Orleans. I’d always wondered what it’s like. Now, I suppose, only photographs and video will be able to tell me thanks to Hurricane Katrina. If you need a wake up call as to how the situation has descended into anarchy, read this email that was sent to BoingBoing, and read this account of the current anarchy in what used to be one of the iconic cities of America. Watching the news last night, they revealed that with rivers covering the sides and a huge lake on the fourth, it was such a precariously-placed city that its no wonder it would eventually succumb. The defences, bizarrely, were only built to deal with a Category Three storm. Hurricane Katrina at points became a top-notch Category One hurricane.
Of course, it’s not just New Orleans that has taken the brunt. Gulfport has been utterly thrashed. have a look at the photos on Flickr for up to the minute sights and minds…

Ahhh, back home…

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As the rain started pattering on the aeroplane’s window, I knew I was back home. I just wanted to grab England in a gentle headlock and ruffle its hair in delight. The flight began and ended on time; not without a few tense moments, mind. Namely, the astonishingly troublesome turbulence as we set off; the terrorisingly close path over New Orleans right in the middle of the Super Bowl, just after hearing of its high security alert as a potential terrorist target; and of course the pilot uttering, “and to our left you can see the now infamously changed New York skyline” as another bout of turbulence kicks in for laughs. I felt like an iceberg waiting for the Titanic. But here I am, still amazed at the sight of twinkling city lights in the night sky 10,000 feet below, and the shooting star that looked for all the world like a stray missile. Now, I really must get some sleep – 31 hours is a long time to be awake in anyone’s book…