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Old 21 January 2005, 10:19   #11
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Wow........

........that picture frightened the life out of me. At a secong look it's obvious it's a fake. Alan's investigative research confirms the same. Well done Al'. It's a pity these fellows who put so much time into making these things, don't devote their obvious talents to something constructive.
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Whoops, bollocking gone to daughter.
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Old 01 February 2005, 13:47   #13
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I know there are a few snappers out there.
If anyone is thinking of buying any gear in the near future...have a look here....

http://www.ybw.com/forums/postlist.p...ard/wdctsunami

or here.....

www.whatdigitalcamera.com/auctions

It is an online auction for loads of gear donated by suppliers and manufacturers.

Bottom line is if you are buying anyway why not buy in a way that will benefit someone that needs it. (seems pretty logical)

It is being organised by the magazine What Digital Camera.
Worth a look. maybe bag a bargain

Yes I have put a bid in on something.

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You can also blame hollywood and the media in general - the BBC showed a computer simulation of what happens when such a wave hits - it was totally out of scale - their wave was about 100' high - in reality the wave or better still the ground swell that did the damage - was in most places about 8' high.

Now an 8' wave may not seem much but when some of these places are so flat that is all it takes to cause mayhem.
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Update on the relief work in Sri Lanka...

Hi,
I posted on the site about a month ago just before we sailed to go to Sri Lanka to undertake relief work. I am a deck officer and have just left RFA Diligence. We were out with HMS Chatham in a place called Batticolla on the Eastern side of Sri Lanka. We had a 36 ft workboat designed for river/ calm waters going through 3 metre swell into a little channel witht he swell coming directly astern. The engine only worked up to half throttle and we carried 40 people ashore at a time.. so not the most manouvreable of boats to drive..
We arrived into the lagoon.. and then went up before taking the boat to the closest village. Most of the work carried out was pumping out wells, fixing fishing boats and getting them floated off and doing clearence and building work. We were all doing 17 hour days for a week to try and get as much done as possible but still that was only in 1 place.. you could have spent the next year there soughting things out.. It was only a token flag flying exercise really.. I am going to upload some pictures in the gallery at some point. We ended up with 40 locals clambering over our boat at one point.. so our lunches got divided out that day..
One story that was dramatic...
There was an orphanage on the seaward side of the spit. All the children were in the classroom except for 1 naughty boy who had been sent off and had run down to the beach. He was looking out to sea and saw a huge wave coming in.. He went back and called to the pastor... All the children and Pastor climbed into a 20 ft open boat with a 9.9hp on the back.(I have seen the boat!!) and then the wave hit.. they all prayed and the wave piked up the boat and lifted it.. holding it up but not throwing it as it did with the others. The water then went down again and they ended up back where they started... The orphanage other than being filled with sand and a few broken windows was untouched.. whilst all around the buildings had been flattened.. On that spit 75% of the population were killed.. Whilst we were there they pulled another body out the water. We chatted to one fisherman and he had lost 13 members of his family instantly.
There was so much devastation. We did what we could, but unfortunately the UK govt had other plans for the ship and after a week we moved on. Not until you see something first hand as that do you realise that we are so lucky..
I shall endevour to upload the photos..
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Photos..

Unfortunately the photos of the tsunami relief I have are all too big to upload onto the system.. So if anyone has any info on how to compress them.. that would be great!!
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The total raised was 740 -- not bad I reckon!

I had initially planned for the money to go to the Tsunami fund, but with the massive public response to this disaster it seems that other areas are now more urgently in need. Oxfam has declared that its work in the area is fully funded, the Red Cross are now concentrating on relief for the Sudan, and the DEC have now restarted the Sudan appeal and are now giving it priority.

Having consulted with everyone who contributed, the money has been split between the Tsunami and Sudan appeals.

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