The West Pier, Brighton The West Pier was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch and has been closed and deteriorating since 1975. The pier caught fire in 2003. Firefighters were unable to save the building from destruction because the collapsed walkway prevented them from reaching it. High winds caused the middle of the pier to collapse completely in June 2004. Hopes for restoring the pier have now ceased.
Manhattan blackout by Iwan Baan I took this from a helicopter, after the storm in New York, as we flew over Manhattan. It was a two-day scramble to organise it and to get across the city, since nothing was working – the tunnels and bridges were closed, there was no transportation. It was a cold, three-hour helicopter ride to and from the city.