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British donations top £32m mark

British donations top £32m mark (BBC News)

Following this post, I’m now slightly happier to report that Mr Blair has now increased the amount of aid sent to the affected region to £50m. But that’s still nowhere near enough to rebuild tens of thousands of families. It’s clearly a lot better though, and it does make us the biggest international donors.

I’m astounded at the response from the great British public – over £32m has already been donated. This completely unprecedented level of fundraising begins to restore my faith in humanity.

Just a shame TB’s still on holiday, and not on hand to lead the nation.

This post was filed under: Tsunami 2004.

Tsunami death toll hits 123,000

Tsunami death toll hits 123,000 (Guardian)

I’ve never liked the term ‘death toll’. It’s not nearly sombre enough to communicate the tragedy of large numbers of deaths. Somehow, it is emotionally lacking, and understated. We pay tolls to go over bridges and through tunnels in our cars, or even to drive in Central London, and think little of it. I wish I could suggest an alternative word for people to use instead, but I’ve not yet been able to think of one – perhaps the situation is so terrible for anybody to think of a word that can possibly convey the emotion of the event.

This post was filed under: Tsunami 2004.

Microsoft Train Simulator

I bought this today in the January sales (silly name, when most of the good stuff is gone by January, but never mind) and I really rather like it. It’s a lot of fun. Could this be an important epiphany for me? Could it be signalling a shift from Guardian-reading Liberal Wet to… erm… Geeky Train-Spotting Guardian-reading Liberal Wet? I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think so.

This post was filed under: Reviews.




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