Like many of you, the LBB team has been closely following the progression and destruction of the ridiculously named ‘Hurricane Sandy’. Are we the only ones who wonder who the hell names these things? I’m sure with more investigation we’d discover the culprit, but for now the priority here at LBB is to send out our thoughts, commiserations and best wishes to our many friends in New York.
As a former New York resident, with many close friends and great ex-colleagues in the city, I didn’t sleep a wink on Monday night. Instead, I was ardently glued to Sky News until the early morning and experienced severe cramp in the toes and fingers that I had firmly crossed. It does, in my opinion, seem unfair that when NYC gets a knock, it’s a huge old thud. Each disaster that befalls this city seems to catastrophic.
It seems unreal that this time last year I was in town to celebrate Halloween -and even then, in late October the weather was acting bizarrely. It snowed and our slightly flimsy costumes had to be quickly replaced with leggings, sweat bands and hoodies purchased on a swift trip to American Apparel(I personally think that 80’s aerobics instructor as a Halloween costume was a genius alternative at such short notice). A bit of snow is not be compared to the atrocious conditions that Sandy has left this great city in and it seems totally surreal to be viewing images of Manhattan in pitch darkness. It’s the setting of so many action and disaster zones and if it weren’t for the many people there that we love, I think it would be hard to differentiate between fiction and reality. And so, it is with amazement that we sit here in London and realise that websites are down or that the work-a-holic New Yorkers that we liaise with daily are unavailable.
To those (you know who you are) that are loved, liked and cherished here by the LBB team… We are so thankful to know that you are safe and sound. We have our fingers crossed that all will resume as usual, but for now we hope that you’re out, about and enjoying some well deserved and unexpected rest.
Our thoughts are with you