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The sunshine after the rain

Tom Roche

Tom Roche

The sunshine after the rain

  • 18.12.2018

Sitting in the garden just now enjoying a sandwich lunch, I shared the winter warmth with a big red admiral flapping gently on the cushion next to me.
Living in the moment, as they say. Hard to consider that just a week ago, four young people lost their lives in one of the worst floods this country has seen. And that’s the problem. As soon as the sun comes out, this tragedy, as with so many others, is soon forgotten.
At this time of year I usually offer up a bit of Christmas satire to try to amuse you all, a Nativity spoof perhaps, with gags about wise men and virgins, only I’m not in much of a mood for whimsy after the terrible events of last week.
Sorry to disagree with the editor (This flood will not be forgotten, last week): It is my unhappy belief that even at this early juncture, the loss of life and associated mayhem which shocked us all is already passing into shoulder-shrugging territory.

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