I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning

Posted: May 21, 2008 in Life, Movies, Nature, Spain, Tenerife, Travel, Uncategorized
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There’s been a lot of chopper activity this morning and that usually means one thing.

Apocalypse Now

One of my favourite scenes in a movie is the ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ in Apocalypse now. Since then, the sound of choppers blades drawing close has been synonymous with visions of tropical jungles and surf kissed beaches (okay if I wasn’t so shallow I should probably associate it with the wanton destruction of third world villages, but there you go).

However, after the fires on Tenerife last year and on La Gomera in April, every time I hear a ‘chop, chop, chop’ in the distance my mind doesn’t stray to cinematic images, but to concerns that some DB has thrown a cigarette from their car, or tried to clear some scrubland by setting a fire they can’t control and I head outside to search the skies to check whether there’s an oversized bag swinging below the helicopter. If that’s there, then there’s a fire on Tenerife somewhere. If it isn’t I can head happily back inside the house, happy that for now an act of extreme stupidity hasn’t once again put the environment, and those who inhabit it, at risk.

Today’s choppers thankfully, were bagless.


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