Our hearts go out to the near 90,000 people in Alberta whose city has been engulfed by a huge wildfire. The TV pictures are absolutely horrendous.
We live in Oak Ridge TN. There’s a clue in the name – we too are surrounded by forests. Mainly on parallel ridges to the north-west and south-east, but there is forest to some extent in every direction. And, being America, there is a huge amount of wood in the houses, which makes them, basically, potential fuel. Unsurprisingly, there are mutterings locally – could it happen here? Well, it has not been so dry as it has in Alberta, and the woods around here contain a lot of deciduous trees – oak for a start! – which means there is a lower content of highly flammable oils and resins than would be the case if they were pines or similar. But it is a horrible thought – I heard a Canadian firefighter on TV put it very succinctly – wildfires with flames going up 200 feet don’t respect city boundaries. You get one chance – get in the car and leave. At least we have major highways in three directions, whereas the citizens of Fort McMurray appear to have only one and that lies through the path of the fire now.
The really scary thing is that there is still talk that the Canadian fire may have been started deliberately. And that could happen anywhere.
To more pleasant thoughts:
Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Arms and the Man’
OK, got that one out of the way. One more joke (sort of) before the real McCoy: every (gay) household should maybe have one of these:
OK. now then:
Admiring the goods, indeed.
Everyone who has read (and bought) a copy of the books raise an arm….. no? Here you go then:
If you enjoy the pictures, help me keep it up by investing in a little gay love, acrobatic circus stuff and adventure. Can’t do any ‘arm…