Update: this arvo the revised update is 36 people killed and 360 houses destroyed!!! Good gawd!!!
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This is a disaster, an absolute disaster.
Let's give full credit and thanks to the firefighters, battling this feroceous beast. I know even locals from around here are down there fighting their fires. This becomes a national disaster situation, where local or interstate pettiness fade to irrelevancy.
Where I live is mainly surrounded by open grassy paddocks, rather than 'bush', so whilst we're aware of anything that may spark a fire in these extended dry hot spells, things (generally) in my area are pretty safe from the madness of bushfire. Having experienced first-hand the sight-sound-heat of the boiling insane thirst of an oncoming bushfire as a kid has never left me.
There is a cooler change coming, sweeping across SE Australia, but obviously it's come too late for too many people, ferk it.
Australia is a huge continent, a land of extremes... in Nth Queensland, they're experiencing FLOODS and extreme rainfall! My brother in Cairns thankfully was missed by a cyclone (hurricane) last week with nothing more than an overflowing pool full of leaves. He was lucky. In other areas further to the south of where he is, people are literally getting washed away. And there's even more heavy rainfall predicted up there...
With regards to the whole Facebook thing... Blogging remains my main and primary online focus. The highest majority of the good faithful 'real' people I've met online have been thru here. So - thank you! Plurk has been fun as well (albeit an unreliable program at times!) - I've met some good people thru there too. I've found real-time 'chatting' sorts the good from the bad pretty quickly... not that I chat as much as I used to. So yeah... Facebook remains, for me, simply an experiment to sort-out the good from the not-so-good. The 'not-so-good' I stumble across there can be easily and harmlessly avoided and removed without too much effort, thankfully.
Oh... thanks to Dana for suggesting I should add the "Followers / Follow This Blog" thingie on the right-hand-side of my bloggie here.
Peas be with ewe
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