The news about Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s deaths, it’s really depressed me. I don’t follow any sports at all but I knew who he was. And the fact that his daughter was only thirteen and had her whole life ahead of her, that’s so awful.

This all reminds me of the 2018 Leicester helicopter crash too, the one which killed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. I always think of it as having happened on Halloween, because I was leaving a Halloween party when I saw enough sirens to imply something had gone wrong in the city, but it was actually a few days earlier. It was the same day as the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, too. I can only really remember that day in a blaze of intense emotion.

This is all to say… I hope helicopters (or at least recreationally used helicopters, I know they’re invaluable for rescues at sea and so on) go the way of the zeppelin soon.