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This is an ongoing blog documenting events and observations from my time living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

 

I may also throw in the occasion post on the challenges, and of course joys, of being a first time father.

 

I try to avoid writing about politics or football on here. But sometimes I just can’t help myself!

 

Comments are open to all, but please be nice if you can!

 

Please contact me if you would like to use any of the content of this blog elsewhere.

 

DS

 

By DS, Sep 12 2015 12:17PM

Haha! So its actually happening! Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party.


I cautioned against this from the point of view of both the Government, neutrals, and the Labour Party in an article for the Huffington Post last month.


We now face five years of lax Government in the face of no serious opposition to hold them to account, as the Labour Party lurches even further left and rips itself apart in the process.


Its bad news for the Labour Party, bad news for the Tories, and bad news for the country. Possibly good news for George Osborne who is now a shoe-in to be the next Prime Minister in 2020, unless Cameron decides to go on for three terms.


But it's going to be hilarious to watch the chaos unfold!


By DS, Aug 25 2015 03:53PM

So there is an exciting new look website that everyone simply must see...!


Yes, after just over a year of this freelancing malarkey, I have decided it is time to give my website, and with it my brand, a bit of a refresh. So if you have clicked through to this blogpost, welcome to my new, slicker, crisper, simpler website.


I have refined my content, updated the look and layout, and added one or two quirky new features which I am pretty proud of. Do have a look around and if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below. (Be nice please!)


A range of clients have kept me pretty this year, but I am always open to new projects, so if you think I might be able to help with any Public Relations, Public Affairs, or Freelance Writing projects, don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] for a highly competitive quote.



By DS, Aug 10 2015 07:13AM

Yesterday, Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm on earth this year, barrelled its way through Taiwan leaving a train of destruction in its wake.


Latest reports have six people killed and 185 people injured, with more than 3.5 million homes being without power, and many also without water. The Ministry of the Interior initial reports recorded 3,710 trees felled, 1,025 shop signs brought down, and widespread flooding, with landslides affecting roads and more rural communities across the country.


The economic effects are yet to be fully calculated, but agriculture and farming has been badly hit, six wind turbines were brought down near Taichung, and a Republic of China Navy vessel was damaged in Taichung Harbour.



Flooding - Xinhua/REX Shutterstock



Uprooted Tree



People trying to walk



Bowing Mailboxes - c.MAG_0602




A Ferris Wheel spins uncontrollably on top of a shopping mall in Taipei.



Flooding in Taipei



An uprooted tree blocks a road - c. Reuters



Scooters crushed by a falling shop sign.




This is the damper at the top of Taipei 101, which was intended to stabilise the building in the event of earthquakes. Typhoon Soudelor saw it register its biggest movement ever, more than 2 metres.



A flooded basketball court in Taipei.



A man bravely cycling through the storm.



People being rescued from a car buried in a mudslide in New Taipei City. - c. AP



A man is dug out of a mudslide in New Taipei City - c. AP




A Plane is lifted off the tarmac by the force of the winds.



Poor quality picture, but shows a freight train blown off the tracks in central Taiwan.



Another picture of the freight train.



An uprooted tree in Kaohsiung



A water tank blown off a roof in Taipei



A Buddha blown off the top of a temple in the Fengshan District of Kaohsiung.




The amusing site of fish left in the street be receding flood waters. They did not go to waste as apparently it wasn't long before locals were collecting them up to eat!



Locally, we have seen flying scooters, but also plenty of damage to shop signs, trees, roofs, and gutters, as well as some vehicles. One man was killed in Kaohsiung by a falling tree in Fengshan.


The most remarkable thing for me is how prepared Taiwan was. In the UK, any event of this magnitude would shut the country down for a week. But by 10pm on Sat, when I ventured out for a walk, all of the debris had been cleared to the sides of the roads, and shops and businesses were already clearing up, with many already reopened for business. And people are just taking it in their stride. It’s just another big storm, with some interesting videos to be viewed, and stories to be told, but it’s gone now and life goes on. A hugely impressive response.





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