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Old 09-10-2014, 12:45 AM   #297
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BBC weather blooper by Michael Fish storm of 1987 ..
1987 15 – 16 October – Great Storm: Hurricane force winds batter much of south-east England, killing 23 people and causing extensive damage to property-That day's weather reports had failed to indicate a storm of such severity, an earlier, correct forecast having been negated by later projections. The apparent suggestion by the BBC's Michael Fish of a false alarm is celebrated as a classic gaffe, though he claims he was misquoted

At 2235 UTC, winds of Force 10 were forecast. By midnight, the depression was over the western English Channel, and its central pressure was 953 mb..A highest gust of 119 kn (220 km/h; 137 mph) is estimated from satellite data at Quimper, Brittany, with the highest measured gust at 117 kn (217 km/h; 135 mph) at Pointe du Roc, Granville Normandy..According to the Beaufort scale of wind intensities, this storm had winds of hurricane force; as the term hurricane refers to tropical cyclones originating in the North Atlantic or North Pacific, the accurate descriptor for the storm is "great storm", which has tended to be reserved for only those storms in recent years reaching this velocity..The storm caused substantial damage over much of England, downing an estimated 15 million trees..Similar strength storms in the United Kingdom since 1960: St. Jude storm/Cyclone Christian in October 2013, causing 17 deaths, more severe in Denmark..The départements of Finistère, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor and Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany, and the Cotentin Peninsula (Manche and part of Calvados) in Normandy were the areas in France most affected by the storm, which followed a line from Morbihan and Rennes to Deauville.. 1.79 million homes were left without electricity supply and water, and a quarter of Brittany's forest was destroyed. The total damage was estimated at ₣23 billion...

Today, the company says that additional measures have been put in place in case of another such storm, including a more rigorous tree-trimming programme, which will mean the company will spend about £23 million in the South East and East of England this year alone, and a £1.8 billion investment plan for the 5-year period to 2015 to further increase the resilience of the network..Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”..23 October – Retired English jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for 3 years after being convicted of tax evasion-On a vote of 58–42, the United States Senate rejects President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court because of the Saturday Night Massacre in 1973 - Dutch government gives Fokker's Aircraft Ÿ212 million credit - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site..When we realize the extent of the myriad interconnections which link us to all other life, we realize that our existence only becomes meaningful through interaction with, and in relation to, others...

The Orford Ness lighthouse as seen from the south-west...
1980 AuGust 23 - Charlie Finley sells A's for $127M to Haas (owners of Levi Strauss)/September 23 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens - Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh\October 23rd - "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 perfs - McCosker (168) & Dyson (152) make 319 opening stand cricket, NSW v WA - Soviet PM Nikolai Tichonov succeeds Alexei Kosygin, due to illness\24 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site - Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar - John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK/23 November – Despite the economy now being in recession and the government's monetarist economic policy to tackle inflation being blamed for the downturn, the government announces further public spending cuts and taxation rises – Italy Earthquake of 1980: a magnitude 7 EQ in southern Italy kills approximately 4,800 people and leaves 300,000 homeless including 27 children in an orphanage and 80% of the town was destroyed\December-An UFO is allegedly sighted near RAF Woodbridge.. This and its subsequent sightings would be part of what was later known as the Rendlesham Forest incident,(reported as the 27th by Halt, ) the most well known UFO incident to occur in Britain- 68th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10 - National Black Independent Party forms/ 4-Duran Duran signs with EMI after finalizing its lineup and touring as a support act for Hazel O'Connor - 2 months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin breaks up\ 8 – John Lennon is shot dead outside his apartment in New York City- subsequently becomes a number one hit in many countries, including the US, UK and Australia- "Bravo" network premieres on cable TV/10 - Soyuz T-3 returns to Earth - USSR performs underground nuclear test\14 - 4 people are murdered at Bob's Big Boy on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles and 4 others are injured by two armed robbers, in what is one of the city's most brutal crimes ever– Over 100,000 mourners attend a public vigil for John Lennon in Central Park.. 10 minutes of silence are observed at 2pm- USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/17 - GB performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site\23 - Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in NYC/31 - A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18..Guy Openshaw is 44 years old and on his death bed. Cancer is coming down hard on Guy, and he cannot stand the stream of visitors to his London flat. His wife Gertrude entertains the drop-ins, who were once part of a lively set that came by after work hours for a drink and chat. The visitors all relied on Guy for advice and money, and as he dies the varied people in the novel begin to fray..Iris Murdoch Nuns and Soldiers..., where the el are you? I am losing MILLIONS!.Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life.. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others..Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him.. At that moment, man finds his character.. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss...

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