And I am avoiding talking about Syria or Donald Trump in any form. Sprayed a bit on Facebook though…
No, locally we have been very much watching this. A relative was in the firing line.
See Police hunt ‘arsonist’ after out of control bushfire in Sydney’s south west eases. Fortunately thus far there has been no loss of life and little property damage. Great job by the firefighters!
But how about this? What a bizarre thing! This view was taken from a passing suburban train!
See Train drives through bushfire zone.
It is unusual to have major bushfires in this part of Australia in April. See my 2013 post Still on bushfires. See also Bushfires in Australia.
A bushfire of another kind has been fanned by the Closing Ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Now I watched quite a lot of the Games and loved them, even generally loving Channel Seven’s coverage. But how on earth did they manage to OMIT the participants — the traditional entry of the athletes — from the televised coverage of the Closing Ceremony? At first I tended to blame Channel Seven, thinking they had prioritised My Kitchen Rules over the key part of the ceremony, but apparently it was not their choice to bring the athletes in almost an hour before the telecast began.
Not enough athletes. Too many speeches. An overlong presentation for Birmingham. I ended up turning it off…
So Peter Beatty has done a mea culpa. But maybe the problem began here:
Some controversy has surrounded the appointment of Jack Morton Worldwide – an international firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Fortitude Valley – to run the Gold Coast’s Commonwealth Games 2018 opening and closing ceremonies, rather than an “Australian company”.
There were four applicants to the tender.
Tender rivals including Ric Birch, who has produced opening and closing events from Brisbane’s 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo 88 and then six Olympics, and David Atkins, wrote to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk earlier this week (December 2015) to protest Jack Morton Worldwide’s appointment….