White feathers

I wrote a post last June entitled “La plume de ma tante…”, about the associations of the word “plume”. In 2010 we had the ash plume from Eyjafjallajökull, in Iceland, and the plume produced by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

And now we’re hearing about a radioactive plume from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. Surely the people of Japan have been through enough in the last few days. It just doesn’t bear thinking about.

By Marian Dougan

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