Friday, September 23, 2005

Running Diary (3) - 29 days to go!!!!

Ran 11/12 miles last Tuesday in a time of 1hr 45min which I am very happy with. The distance is a guess as I have not measured the course but it was at least 10 miles. Towards the end of the run I stumbled and fell over cutting my right hand and left knee. The damage is not too bad but the worse bit is the fact that the fall broke my mp3 player, so no more tunes as I run from now on.

Monday, September 05, 2005


I see from my newly installed visitor map that I have been viewed by a neighbour of mine from Cheltenham, England. To you I say hello from Tewkesbury!!!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Gone with the water

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet.

But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great.

taken from National October 2004