In the constant effort to make history, it’s all too easy to forget that some things already have one. Last Friday the world watched the official opening of the 30th Olympic Games, with Danny Boyle’s imaginative opening ceremony earning rapturous reviews. During the near-four hour broadcast viewers were constantly urged to look forwards. The Games’ tagline, [...]
In Bhopal, India, on 2 December 1984, toxic gas slipped into the wintry night from a chemical factory and travelled towards unsuspecting victims, most of whom were fast asleep. Thousands were killed. It was one of the worst chemical disasters of the modern age.
It was a beautiful sunny morning, in November 2008, the day I wandered around site of the Union Carbide site in Bhopal. For the past quarter of a century, the 11 acre factory site had been largely off-limits to members of the public and permission from a local magistrate was demanded for anyone to enter.
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