Sixty-five years ago today, at precisely 8.15am on the morning of August 6th 1945 the first atom bomb 'Little Boy' exploded on Hiroshima and 140,000 people died. Many more thousands suffered the effects of radiation and many are suffering still. Maybe at this time when there is still conflict around the world - all of it pointless, useless and causing huge amounts of unnecessary suffering - people killed, maimed, families bereaved - for what? - it is time to remember.
My first husband (Dominic's father) would not have lived had it not been for that bomb. He was suffering from cerebral malaria in a jungle prison-of-war camp in Thailand and was amongst the first prisoners to be airlifted out to India when the war ended. But even he would often question whether his survival was worth 140,000 deaths.
So just for a moment today let us all just pause and remember. And if you can get your hands on today's edition of the Times, then read the article about one survivor. The survivors are still suffering - what have we done to our world?