Experience: I was struck by lightning while sitting on my sofa

I felt dazed. Next came the smell of singed flesh – my arm was burning

On 5 September this year, I was at home in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, playing a game on my PlayStation, in which you are a stray cat exploring a city. I didn’t think a rainy Monday night would get any weirder than that.

Thunder crashed in the distance as I sat on my sofa. Rain was pattering on the windowsill and a cool breeze blew on to my shoulders from the open window behind me.

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