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Some of you may remember My Tornado Hell, the astounding Caroline Phillips article about the mini-tornado in a street in London a year ago today, which included such gems as:

A black roof tile speared the American walnut floating shelf, scattering our younger daughter Ella's birthday cards. "Congratulations! Nine years old today!" The words have been lacerated by shards of glass. Three bricks. Rainwater. Broken glass. A wooden bowl of Christmas clementines. These are vomited across our limestone floor.

In the comments to publicansdecoy's memorial post, someone linked to a follow-up piece Phillips wrote in June this year, talking about her continuing acute stress and trauma, extensively caused by people on the internet being a bit sarcastic about her. The whole piece is worth reading, including as it does her (apparent) hallmarks of unbelievable self-centredness; constant name-dropping of people who really aren't that impressive; terrible writing, of course; and bizarre and hysterical leaps of logic. But here's the particularly good bit:

I wrote in the Standard about my tornado experiences, and became the object of internet terrorism — with sick bloggers whipping up a frenzy of hatred in cyberspace and ridiculing everything from our children’s names to our interior decor, and offering to kill me, (“shame the tornado didn’t”), burgle and stalk me. Was my crime that we’d lost our home and many of our possessions? Or that we had insurance cover?

“This is an example of ‘trauma envy’,” comments eminent psychoanalyst Dr Lionel Kreeger, author of a paper on ‘envy pre-emption’. “People envy those who achieve notoriety and one way they try unconsciously to deal with their envious resentment and jealousy is by attacking that which is envied. ” Kreeger’s colleague, Dr Earl Hopper, a world renowned authority on trauma, adds: “One often envies people for having a legitimate reason for sympathy.”

Seeking reassurance, I mentioned my experience to GP Dr Robert Lefever. “Ah,” he said. “An arsonist burned my house down because he didn’t like something I’d said on television. He’s in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital now.” Well, you bloggers, I have to report that I feel delightfully healthy and chipper now.

Anyone feel sorry for her yet? ..Anyone?


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Dec. 7th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
*digs deep*

Nope, I can't find any sympathy.

And I really, really dug deep, hoping to find a little shred for a fellow human being...but I just can't. With all the other tragedies going on in the world, I just don't have any to spare on poor whiny little rich girl.

(Oooooh...I'm harsh today!)
Dec. 7th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
I like that quote from the original article you list, its nice imagery.

The rest? Yeah, I don't care quite so much for her.
Dec. 8th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Errrr, no. Not even a smidgen.
Dec. 8th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Love the whole article for sheer cringeworthiness, but surely this is the BEST bit of all for the ROFLMAO factor?

And there’s something new and positive — a whirlwind of creativity that will linger: three babies have been born to my neighbours since then. In the hours after our nightmare I had spoken on the television news, describing it as like the whirlwind in Wizard of Oz.
One of the new babies is called Dorothy. Coincidence? I think not.

EXCELLENT!! All we need to know now is whether her surname is Gale! :D Shitty article, shitty writing, moany woman. That's all it appears to be to me.
Dec. 10th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Is there any real proof this woman is for real? There's something terribly spoofish about those essays even if it has been going on for a while.
Dec. 12th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah - the first one at least was actually printed in the London Standard a few days after the tornado. I'd love if it was a spoof, but it's not, I'm afraid!
Dec. 10th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
I love the fact that she adresses people's occupations before ever saying their name, and always makes room for just a few more details about her interior design. The very least you can say about this is that she's a really bad writer for many reasons. Beyond that, it seems kinda crap that she can't get over herself enough to realise how lucky she is that
a) no-one was seriously hurt, and
b) at least she has insurance.

I also found it highly amusing that she can no longer risk living in Kensal Rise because of the horrifying threat of SCIENTOLOGISTS OMG!!
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