Typhoon warning 1 is raised in Hong Kong this evening. This reminds me of a deep dark secret that I swore never to tell anyone.
I love natural disasters. I don't want people to die or suffer, really I don't...but the higher the death toll, the more interest I will have in following developments.
A few years ago I watched a documentary about the Estonia disaster in 1994. One of the interviewees was a news anchor for one of the major TV stations. He was recounting the enormous intensity of their work following the event, and one of his most vivid memories was a senior reporter announcing "I haven't had this much fun since Olof Palme was murdered".
It's sick, it's morbid. It's human nature!