Reading The Economist (19 Nov 2022)

Self has a pretty big pile of things to read, now she’s back home. She finally got to The Economist of 19 November, which has a very interesting article about how Ukrainians are adjusting to the reality of daily shellings.

Cities like Dnipro are installing mobile bomb shelters, “made of modular sections of thick concrete” that “are now being deployed on Ukrainian city streets so that people can take shelter during the frequent air-raid alerts.” These “can be lifted into position in hours. The thick concrete walls won’t withstand a direct hit . . . but they will protect against blast waves, shrapnel and flying glass.”

In addition, “the city council organises concerts in the metro.” The metro “was never considered a very good way of getting around the city. But now it’s the safest place, we have found a more practical use for it.”

“Construction companies are advertising dual-purpose cellars, lined in reinforced concrete or 4 mm-thick steel plates that can be used for saunas, storing wine or sheltering from bombs.”

“One metallurgical company, which had been making highway barriers before the invasion, joined a construction company to invent the Hobbit House, a burrow made of 10cm-thick concrete walls with a 15cm reinforced-concrete dome designed — hence the name — to be partially buried and covered with grassy sod.”

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