I love maps. I like having an overview. When I know how something fits into the whole, I can navigate, I can understand, I can get from A to B. I am with it.
That’s why I am indebted to a man whose name I didn’t catch, who was sending next to the Sikh from Slough in the human chain in one of the flooded villages in the south.
He’d travelled there from across the river to help his neighbours. I don’t think he was expecting the BBC reporter to talk to him. He explained his journey, and how when passing over the river bridge, there was no river beneath – only mud. The mud was holding back the river and making he floods worse. That was why the river should have been dredged!
I can now see! The BBC reporting had not given the local overview, or really explained why the river needed to have the silt removed. It kept reporting things that all seemed like politics and silt-slinging! Thank you, that man, you presented the key to the story. I understand the frustrations better.
Be that man, please, when someone asks you your story of how you got there! The scenery you saw on your journey may be just what they need to hear of to make sense of the disjointed pieces they are contemplating.