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Hurricane Irma in real time

09 September 2017 - 10:56 AM

I remember waking up to the bedside clock radio, listeneing for a few minutes to the news, then jumping up and snapping on the TV.  It was September 11 and I watched in horror as tragedy unfolded in front of me in almost real time.


Druing the  hostage crisis in the Lindt cafe, I watched as a gun battle ensued.  The pictures made it real in some ways.


The pictures from Hurricane Irma aren't being (for the most part) taken on the ground.  It's pictures like this one that hammer it home. Every plane in and around Florida is currently desperately trying to get in or out (mostly out).




Then there is stuff like this one.




Watching in real time as planes turn back.  The guy noticing a single flight continuing in.  The hurried boarding.  The amazingly plotted course out of the hurricane through the outermost arm.


The fact that we can see, the world over, this kind of stuff in real time gives us a picture we really have never had before.  One of magnitude.  Watching a plane crash into the side of a building is horrifying.  Seeing a sea of little yellow plane shaped dots frantically, and en-masse fly out of somewhere - with a brilliant red and green swirl of death not far behind - is just as horrifying.  It doesn't sterilise or lower the horror even though the picture is not a traditional on the ground snap or video.  In some ways it is worse.  More immediate.  Both less and more.... real.


Anyone with loved ones in Porto Rico or Florida, you have my thoughts and wishes.  To all the pilots, crews and support staff involved in the evacuation efforts - you have my respect and awe.

Fundraising for a good cause

10 August 2017 - 03:48 PM

So, because working 60 hours a week as well as getting my PCPP disks in by this Wednesday wasn't enough of a challenge for me, I decided to do GISHWHES again this year.  Yes, I AM in fact, insane..


Anyway, one of our tasks is supremely amazing and well worth getting behind.  But I need your help.  As many of you who can!


We have created this page:

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to help us raise money for this amazing woman's last wish.  She runs a ballet school in an extremely poor part of South Africa.  The works she does for the kids who come to her school is astonishing, but she is now been diagnosed with cancer and only has a short time left.


GISHWHES is trying to raise enough funds to keep the school going for a long time to come after she leaves us.  For the full story, please check out the page.


If it moves you, please consider donating for us!



edit: GISHWHES is over again and we raised over $250,000 for this lady and her dance school creating a number of scholarships for the kids.  Thanks to all!