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Friday, 11 January 2013

Feeling the Heat

On a day when the Great British MPs have announced that they should be given a 32% pay rise (we're all in it together, you know!) and a Metropolitan Detective Chief Inspector has been convicted of trying to sell information to the press, it's probably worth pointing out a story that makes living in Britain seem a little less wearisome.
On the other side of the world, the good people of Australia are having a brutal time of it at the moment. As if being scorched by a record-breaking heatwave and fleeing for their lives from raging forest fires wasn't enough, they now have to contend with the mother of all dust storms. The town of Onslow had been bracing itself for the arrival of a tropical cyclone when the enormous dust storm blew up.
The Daily Mail's coverage of the story has some amazing photographs and a video of people standing on the beach calmly watching as the storm heads towards them. They're a tough bunch, those Australians. I'd be running at top speed in the other direction, and I wouldn't be wasting any breath screaming either!
So, the UK may be run by wretchedly greedy politicians and corrupt police, but at least the air is cold and clear. This is probably one of the few times when Britain looks a better place to live than Oz!
My heartfelt good wishes to the people of Australia. Hope things cool down for you soon.

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