Blog: Pause for a moment
Dave Leggett | 1 January 2005
New year celebrations generally seemed rather subdued this year. Maybe it was the terrible news from southeast Asia which has seemed to worsen every day. It's hard to comprehend the enormity of what happened down there and it really rams home the unequal distribution of wealth in the world at a time of the year when many of us are to be found indulging in the great annual consumption binge.
Even I was moved to make a donation to the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal. Hopefully, it makes some kind of difference somewhere down the line. If there are any positives to take out from a tragedy such as this, at least it is a natural rather than man-made one and I guess the feeling of empathy around the world is a positive thing that encourages people to step out of their own lives for a moment and see a broader picture. But when you see some of the images on TV and hear some of the stories, it's hard to talk of positives.
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