My phone has FINALLY supposedly been connected. If it has been done properly, all that I have to wait for is my internet service to be connected, and for my modem to arrive (which should be soon, it was sent by courier 4 days ago!)
However, my small personal woes have been overshadowed by the following things:
Bushfires in Victoria (a whole 4 or 5 hours from where I currently live, not far at all) have ravaged small towns, leaving (at this point in time) over 180 people dead, and at least 80 people missing. The media – especially the filthy TV media – have descended upon the state, asking people revoltingly inconsiderate questions. Some of the worst include
– “Your children have died. How did you feel when you found out?”
– “Were you insured? No? Whatever are you going to do?”
– “How do you think this community is going to get back on it’s feet?”
– “Do you resent the police for not letting you back into your home?”
The TV media make me feel seriously ill. Not to mention the major channels have been dedicating at least one hour extra television to the fires each night, which would be fine if it wasn’t an obvious ratings grab.
Then, since the Australian weather likes to be ridiculously cruel, up the top end of the country we have things on the other end of the scale: Flooding! Massive flooding! Which then gets to be topped off by enormous king tides! Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink (or chuck on a fire, for that matter)
The Queensland floods were originally the media’s Great Big Cause of the Month… until the bushfires came along and they decided to pull everyone out of QLD to go and report in Victoria. Heh. Not to be cynical, but I am sure it helps that smoking ruins are much more photogenic than floodwaters. Well… that and the floods haven’t really resulted in much death, although there have been a couple of deaths, one of which was a small boy taken by a crocodile. I can’t help but wonder if there will be more crocodile attacks, since they are now swimming right into town through the floodwaters. Scary stuff (for those who are unfamiliar with crocodiles, they are larger scarier versions of alligators. They can grow to up to 15 metres long, and are incredibly deadly).
So, I guess I really can not complain about my minor woes! If everything goes to plan, I should be back to blogging regularly and playing WoW within a week. Huzzah!
Donate to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal (Australians and non-Australians)