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xx Musings from a huge explosion
« Thread started on: Dec 16th, 2005, 09:35am »

Hello everybody.

Many of you may remember of a large explosion recently at an oil depot in Hemel Hempstead... pretty big, biggest explosion in peace-time Europe in fact (so they say).

I live in Hemel Hempstead. That's right, I Oxfez the Shaken, live in the town where the Buncefield oil depot is located.

I won't bore you with the details, but I'll tell you this: when it happened, I shit myself.

Anyway I noticed a few things from the event.

1.) It was a really quiet week for news.
The 24-hour news agencies had NOTHING else to talk about. They spent a whole 24 hours talking about NOTHING apart from the explosion and fire.
I got as close as I could to the depot and there were more news crews there than emergency services. There's only so much speculation, fear mongering and opinion you can give on an explosion.

2.) Oil creates a lot of smoke.
Fortunately it only covered the poor areas of Hemel, not where I live. The Black Cloud of Doom dominated the skyline like the World Trade Center used to. Living under that let me finally see what it's like to live in a Northern city - dark, smoky and dangerous.
They reckon that about 30 million gallons of oil went up. To put that into perspective, that's enough oil to power Lichtenstein for a week, or ONE American home for 25 seconds.

3.) People love to talk about themselves.
I heard people talking about their experiences of the explosion. bragging about how they heard it in Yorkshire or Somerset. NO YOU DIDN'T! I live 2 miles away from the blast and I'm not now deaf. You didn't hear it 250 miles away, you lying, yokel turd.

4.) People in Hemel Hempstead are the stupidest people on Earth.
You only had to hear the interviews to realise that the cream of Britain's thinking elite were NOT being interviewed. Expressions like "It sounded like something from Vietnam" or "It sounded like Armageddon". Are they so stupid they can’t either say “It was louder than anything I’ve heard before” which would be the truth, or “It was indescribably loud.” which would also be true, but a little unimaginative.
All the people they interviewed were either Chav geezers or teenage mothers, both with a grasp of the English language worse than anything I’ve heard before.
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xx Re: Musings from a huge explosion
« Reply #1 on: Dec 17th, 2005, 06:03am »

hmmmm..... the blast.... i couldnt hear it from brixton so the people in yorkshire or sommerset couldnt have heard it. i think i felt the ground fall from beneath me but that could have been the effects of er... something else. how big was that cloud? i was reading the guardian (like the smart young mosher that i am) and it looked massive but i couldnt see it anywhere. i gave myself neckstrain from looking so hard. i hope all the chavs die from smoke inhalation. it would be cool to see the bodies of chavs lying in blood made of burberry.
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