The August Bank Holiday weekend was a real washout in our region. Looking at the weather predictions, I don’t think many of us got better conditions either in the whole of the UK and I must admit it does not half get you down to open your blinds in the morning to be met with angry skies and wet landscapes. So everywhere you go, you hear people moaning, sombre faced with little kids in tow, wondering what the heck they are going to do for the next 48 or 72 hours!
But all that pales in comparison when you watch other people across the globe and witness their troubles from afar. I refer, of course, to Hurricane Irene and the real fright she gave to New Yorkers this week.
I have to say that I was really impressed with the US authorities for their organisational skills and the fact that although there was a regrettable loss of life, it was really minimal considering the conditions out there. Listening and watching to the government representatives speaking, I could sense a real sense of calm and that, in itself, is a real achievement when you know what was at stake.
What always amazes me when I watch footage with people who in a few moments lose almost everything is how resilient everyone seems to be. From tsunami victims to this weekend dreadful events, people seem to be reconciled with the idea that their lives has gone back to Zero. Would I be as stoical? Not sure. Perhaps it is the shock of it all, but human beings are much stronger in time of adversity than given credit for I think. Ultimately, when things are done, they are done. Crying and distressing oneself wont bring anything back you have lost. And possibly, at times like these, you feel relieved that only your material possessions have gone and that the people you love are still ok.
So no, it was not exactly barbecue time for us in the UK, and the bikinis and Speedos remained in the wardrobe (moth balled by now I should think) but we have to really thank our lucky stars that nothing worse than clouds affected our weekend. And spare a thought for those who have not been so lucky.