Jan. 27th, 2015 01:37 pm
elfinblaze: (Glee)
Firstly, I am thrilled that Noel Tovey was named a Member of the Order of Australia yesterday. He's inspiring and very deserving, and it's a wonder it's taken this long, but better late than never.

Secondly, this week in TV looks good:

Tuesday, 27th Jan: The Flash
Wednesday, 28th Jan: Arrow
Thursday, 29th Jan: How To Get Away With Murder
Friday, 30th Jan: Glee

All good things.


Dec. 15th, 2014 02:12 pm
elfinblaze: (me writing)
Repeating what I posted on tumblr:

For those of you who know I'm in Sydney, I'm okay. I'm at home, far from the city centre.

My sister's office building is in lockdown even though she works two blocks away from the current siege. Her fiancé, who actually works in the affected building (on another floor), has been safely evacuated and has already gone home.

If you want to stay up to date, I recommend the ABC News website.

The News

Feb. 26th, 2014 09:32 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- Just in case someone else in interested, given my dislike of both Murdoch and Fairfax media, these are my favourite alternative and independent sources of news in Australia:
I find good journalism and analysis on various topics at all of those. There are other independent news sites if anyone wants more, but these four are the ones I read the most often.

- Reading this made me literally feel sick, and that's not hyperbole: Senate hearing hears gay refugees in Australian run camps in New Guinea fear local laws
Asylum seekers who have been told they can never resettle in Australia and are being held in camps in neighbouring Papua New Guinea, are having their asylum claims processed under local law – which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail... Amnesty International says that some of the LGBTI refugees who have legitimate claims to asylum over being persecuted for their sexuality are hiding their sexuality and making up other reasons for why they are seeking asylum because they want to avoid being prosecuted under Papua New Guinea law.
SBS touched on the story too.

This is my worst nightmare. Similarly the gay people fleeing Uganda and Nigeria right now have no where to go, because the refugee camps they reach are no more friendly to gay people than the places they left.

Some days I just despair at the world because I feel sick and helpless at all of it.

The obvious solution is to stop reading the news in general, but I just can't find comfort in ignorance either.
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Today, I'm going to record others' words instead.

"After fleeing her burning house [Sherrill Carta] backed her car into a culvert then lost her shoes trying to climb over a burning tree trunk. There was nothing she could do but walk.

'I couldn't really see much. I just kept my eyes on the white line in the middle of the road. There were flames all up the side of the road and houses burning … I never saw anybody else … I remember feeling really alone.' After half a kilometre and an unknown amount of time, a car picked her up."


And from a 63 year-old:

"Driving was not an option for Dorothy [Barber]. 'The garage went first. As soon as I saw the trees burning I couldn't leave. And there was no way I could outrun it.'

Trapped inside her house, she tried to fight the flames with a mop, a bucket and a wet towel. 'I just didn't have the stamina.' So, as her roof crumbled from the force of the flames, she was left with just one tiny space to hide: beneath her back stairs.

It was scorching inside, but there was space enough to crouch and hide. As her house fell apart above her, the bush outside exploded with a force Dorothy will never forget. 'There is nothing in your imagination that you could even compare it to.'"


And from a 99 year-old who's survived three bushfires now:

"'It was a most dreadful day,' said Mrs [Mona] Farr, who survived a major blaze in 1919 and Black Friday in 1939.

She remembers running with her brother Ron with their buckets to fetch water when 'fire came straight for us and then it parted and went straight around our house, for some mysterious reason. We lost all our cattle and all our sheep.'"


I don't know how long the newspaper articles will be available but I think these are the stories worth remembering.


Feb. 10th, 2009 09:18 pm
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I still don't know what to write. Other people are so much more articulate than I am. This is a particularly well-written post on the situation at the moment.

I don't think I'm the only one though. I think a lot of people are finding it hard to even imagine some of the stories coming out of Victoria at the moment, because this is so beyond comprehension: people driving blind through the smoke while the ground behind them burned and their cars melted... people running from their houses, escaping so fast their children now have no shoes because they weren't wearing any when the fire came for them... people huddling on ovals, running where the wind wasn't, doging the flames for hours on end... people diving into dams while around them cars turned into bombs and exploded above them...

The stories are like something from fiction. I've been listening to them on the radio and reading the news, and it's still hard to take in.

And then there's this incredible picture from NASA:

Still, the drive for donations has already taken on a very Australian flavour. I'm not quite sure how it came about since I only caught the end of it, but the comedy duo Hamish and Andy were driving strip-pledges: people pledged money, Hamish and Andy stripped. For each $50,000, or something, they lost an item of clothing. They estimated they would be naked around the $1,800,000 mark.

They raised $2,000,000. Guess who ended up naked? Yeah.

Well, it certainly generated attention and added something light-hearted. Oh, Australians...


Feb. 10th, 2009 05:42 am
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I feel like I should write something. About the bushfires, of course. But I'm still trying to get my head around the number of people killed. Last night it was confirmed at 135. I'm used to hearing about bushfires and there being one or two fatalities, usually firefighters. This is just insane.

I really don't know what to say.

[EDIT: The BBC lists the death toll as 170 now.]


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