Amazing work ethic despite atomic bomb

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who died at 93 yrs of age last week

Here is an article from The Times on Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived both the atomic bombs dropped in Japan at the end of WWII. It’s an incredible story.

Now, on a morning when snow yet again messes with the UK public transport infrastructure, I went to Starbucks rather than brave the rail system. Not Mr Yamaguchi. Having survived the first atomic bomb, Little Boy, he and a colleague braved the atomic aftermath to get to work, and yes he got a slapped wrist from his unsympathetic boss. Yet, the most astounding bit of the story? The trains were still running.

I write this, sitting in the comfort of a global chain of coffee houses, as the UK crumbles under the strain of the ‘wrong type of snow’.

NB. No offence or disrespect intended to Mr Yamaguchi or others who suffered similarily.


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