Just spent an absolute fortune shopping on iTunes. Like, I’m talking television series, albums and movies. Ah bloody hell why doesn’t iTunes have a “You have spent more than what you can afford” notice?
Although, despite my complaining, I can now watch Misfits, Spooks, Hawaii Five-0, Black Hawk Down, Blood Diamond, Black Books and others while listening to Funeral For A Friend, Sia, Sarah Blasko, John Butler, A Day To Remember and Ted Hawkins. All at the same time.
Bushfires are a topic I am quite passionate about as it affects the majority of all Australia. It is the type of natural disaster that can be caused by so many things: the weather conditions, a disturbed arsonist or even just by accident. Yet the affects and damage of these fires, whatever the cause, can be minimal - restricted to a small area of land damaged, or a full scale national disaster as seen with the Black Saturday Bushfires of 2008 and the Toodyay fires of 2009. Recently, much of the surrounding hills of Perth, Western Australia was ablaze. The fire was suspected to be caused by a welding spark. 64 homes have been burnt to the ground. Some of these are near my friends and family.
The West Australian Government’s early warning system did not reach some people who lost their homes. Colin Barnett, the state’s premier, said the early warning system was a success because nobody died. The only early warning system some people received was the sight of the flames racing towards their houses. No police drive by, no text messages, no telephone calls. It was only as they saw the flames that they fled, thus saving their lives. You can read more here.
The Australian Government as a whole needs to get their act together in regards to disasters such as this. While the east is flooded, the west is on fire.
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