Dust storms in Lhasa
It’s a typical, perfect Lhasa day - bright sunshine, clear blue skies, and unbeatable views of the mountains. The suddenly out of nowhere a huge gust of wind comes tearing down the street carrying on its back the loose dust from the dry mountains that surround the city.
And just like that the blue sky is replaced by grey and the views of the mountains disappear from view. The city is engulfed in smog-like conditions, and pedestrians hurry to put on their face masks as they head to the nearest teahouse for refuge.
These days this is a normal afternoon in Lhasa - the mornings will be beautiful and clear, but mid-afternoon the winds pick up and within a matter of minutes visibility is reduced to a few kilometers and it’s no fun being caught outside in that.
Lhasa hasn’t had rain for months (maybe since last October) meaning that the city is exceptionally dry and loose dust and sand is abundant - a lot of which ends up on my clothing and in my hair if I’m unlucky enough to be outside when the winds pick up.
On the plus side, when the winds die down the view of the mountains is clearer than ever thanks to all of the dust being blown away … until the next day.
Thank you Caleb Slain.
Thank you Fresh Air.
That is all.
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“ Boo! Hiss!”
Audience reaction at the Vieshow Cinema (威秀影城) near Taipei 101 last night during an infomercial by a Government Agency warning citizens that if the nuclear plants are shut down, everyone will have to turn off the lights and save electricity.
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Can we all agree that Carl Kasell’s grumpy face is the best part of OK Go’s Tiny Desk Concert?
Broadcasting legend Carl Kasell just announced that he’s retiring from Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me this spring and we’re still sure this GIF set is one for the books. We’re all gonna miss you, Carl!
CARL IS RETIRING?!?
This is the saddest news of all sad news. We’ll miss your lovely voice, Mr. Kasell.