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Letter from America

An American Perspective

How disasters look good ... on paper

Skies over Florida during Hurricane, 2004

Will McLeod grew up in Florida. That means I’ve lived through a number of hurricanes. They’re giant tropical cyclones hundreds of miles wide that kill people, and do billions of dollars of damage. I’ve watched feeder bands come in the hours before the storms strike. I’ve run for cover from walls of rain that race over the landscape, crossing miles wide lakes in mere moments. I’ve seen trees bend sideways in hundred mile an hour gusts, and heard buildings moan as the wind tears around them.

2004 was the costliest year on record. Florida was hit by four devastating storms that year, Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, each doing billions in damages. Charley was considered one of the most devastating hurricanes in history, and I remember seeing the damage first hand when I came back home from university.

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November Edition 2016 issue Number 23 The one with Nicola and Saltire 2020 Vision A bumper 116 pages choc full of the best of Scottish writers today. Robbie Dinwoodie - Ben Thomson - The Legacy Alyn Smith MEP - A conference update - Focused David Bowman Interview - Les Huckfield - ex Labour MP "It's Labour for me... but not in Scotland" David James Hood - A perfect storm Jason Michael Mc Cann - The Alex Salmond Interview Will McLeod - How disasters look good ...on paper Wee Ginger Dug - They're all so pretty vacant Derek Bateman - Doing Middle Class Tom Morton - Sticky Aberdeen - the New Birmingham? Dr Steve McCabe - Fit to Lead? Tom Morton - Scotch and Spirit Jennifer Harper Feature - Simon Community Scotland Mary Edward - Short Story - The Gift Grouse Beater - Investigating Gorbal's boy Alan Pinkerton PI Rachel Gillon - Food for thought Zoe Weir - Glasgow Tobacco Barons Peter A Bell - Forget Darien, this is the bigee - The Madness of Men David McVey - Short Story - A Nation Decides Major Bloodnok - Agony Aunt - He knows, you know
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