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We are not flooded...

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...but everywhere else is. South of here, large parts of the Somerset Levels are underwater, people have been evacuated from the toxic slurry of sewage, rainwater and decomposing animal that now fills their homes, and all political parties are bickering and doing very little. The only people helping have been locals, the Army (who obviously have to be mobilised first) and independent organisations such as the Khalsa Trust, who are a Sikh aid charity based in the Thames Valley and who normally only work abroad, but said that since no one else seemed to be doing anything, they would.

For anyone who thinks that it's just rich farmers who are affected, a friend's ex, who has had mental health and other problems and was living on a boat, was moved to a section of river due to flooding and then fell out of touch with his support network: his case workers seem not to have done anything pro-active to contact him, but his friends mobilised and got the police out to him. They found him very ill, and he was hospitalised that day, but died a few hours later.

Glastonbury itself is not flooded, but it is obviously impacting on trade. We're taking things as day-by-day as possible, and we have not yet been unable to get into town: the flood measures along the local small river, which is tidally affected, are working up to a point.

Meanwhile it is currently raining and sunny, and this morning was overcast with snow.

In other news, my father is still in hospital but with serious noises being made about his release. He's been getting on well with the physio.

Kittens have now been with us for almost a year. Basically, you should see Sid as Snape (black, grumpy, secret heart of gold), Henry as Draco (sucks up to Sid), and the kittens as first years. Ruby and Wesley are clearly in Gryffindor but I suspect the sorting hat would place Jane Austenesque, observational Rosie in Ravenclaw. Henry actually reminds me of one of those boys in the 20-24 age range who is super-fastidious and spends ages locked in the bathroom gelling his hair, then goes out and steals someone's car.

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scarlettina
Feb. 13th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
I've been amazed and horrified by the pictures I've seen. I'm glad that you're OK, terribly sorry about the friend's ex--how awful. I hope things get better from here.
a_d_medievalist
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
They had one if the Sikhs on the news. His was probably the most mellow and pragmatic voice amongst those interviewed or commenting. I have to say, everything I have seen has shown Real People (™) in trouble. I do wish there were more experts being asked what can be, should be, and should have been, done. I've enjoyed the interviews with Dutch people, who seem extraordinarily good at conveying their disapproval and disbelief really politely. But basically, they all say things along the lines of, 'well, we don't plan according to the weather reports; we plan for flooding because it is inevitable. Because we know this, and know that it's important to prevent as much damage as we can, we pay taxes. We might not see the effects immediately, but things like this remind us that our taxes are put to good use."
mevennen
Feb. 14th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
There's also an aid effort by a couple of Islamic foundations in Yorkshire, reminding Moslems that it is their duty to help the community - pretty humbling after some of the anti-Islamic comments in the press.
aberwyn
Feb. 13th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
I sincerely hope the flood waters stay away from you. What an awful situation!

The other night, compulsively reading the TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, I noticed an advert in back for a royal foundation that offers financial aid for distressed published authors. Do you know about this? Would it help you in general (not just with the flood, I mean)?
mevennen
Feb. 14th, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
It might do - it's worth a shot. Do you have the details? And thank you.
aberwyn
Feb. 15th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
The advert states that they help published writers "in financial difficulties."

contact Eileen Gunn
Chief Executive
The Royal Literary Fund
3 Johnson's Court
London EC4A 3EA
Tel: 020 7353 7159

They have a website: www.rtf.org.uk
fawatson
Feb. 13th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
I do hope you continue to stay relatively dry.
spacedlaw
Feb. 14th, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
Glad to know you are safe.
desperance
Feb. 14th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
the Khalsa Trust, who are a Sikh aid charity based in the Thames Valley and who normally only work abroad, but said that since no one else seemed to be doing anything, they would.

I dislike to be obvious, but I do just totally love this.

Henry actually reminds me of one of those boys in the 20-24 age range who is super-fastidious and spends ages locked in the bathroom gelling his hair, then goes out and steals someone's car.

Isn't this just a pure definition of cat?
kateelliott
Feb. 15th, 2014 01:32 am (UTC)
Take care. That's really scary all around.
anef
Feb. 15th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
I am glad that at least you and the cats (and of course the rest of the menagerie) are not flooded.
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