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CHAT: The Big Storm [was: Re: conlang servey]

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, October 28, 2002, 17:24
At 4:51 PM +0100 10/28/02, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>En réponse à bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>: > >> 2. >> we've been having a bit of wind here today ( the sun >> newspaper described it in typical tabloid hyperbole as >> a 'horror hurricane' . . . a few felled branches and >> the odd dislodged slate ) > >Here the storm was a bit stronger than that :)) . Windforce 11, the Netherlands >didn't have that for 12 years! Hundreds of tree have fallen, the train traffic >has been stopped all night for reparations, and still didn't work well this >morning (I was supposed to go to a conference, but there was no train to the >town I had to be :((( ), and quite a few buildings have suffered. The roof of >the Province House of Zuid Holland fell, and the police had to put a car on it >to prevent it to fly down the road! (and even then, it was just, the car was >nearly taken away by the roof!) And unfortunately a few people died...
It was my luck to be an exchange student in the Netherlands (University of Tilburg) 12 years ago. I remember that storm; I was on my bike coming home from class trying to dodge the roof tiles. At one point I couldn't go forward anymore, and I had to get off my bike and walk. After a few minutes I couldn't walk anymore so I ducked into a doorway until the storm eased a bit. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "It is important not to let one's aesthetics interfere with the appreciation of fact." - Stephen Anderson


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