Saturday, August 25, 2007
The latest heatwave refuses to abate. Even at 1am the temperature is still around 30c, making sleep next to impossible unless you have air conditioning, which I don't ("Global warming? Balderdash! Can't feel a thing."). On a more tragic note the latest round of forest fires in Southern Greece have claimed 37 lives so far. What most people don't appreciate about such fires is how quickly they can move. One minute you think you are at a safe distance and within a frighteningly short time the front has raced towards you.
I remember volunteering to help fight the the 1997 fire which eventually destroyed most of the Seix Sou forest that surrounded Thessaloniki and almost getting cut off by it as the wind suddenly changed direction. Literally, you have seconds to make decisions that could mean life or death. A truly scary memory.