Monday, 21 July 2014

[Insert depressing current affairs headline here]

Recent devastations across the globe have really made me appreciate what I have.

A comfortable life with loving family and friends in a country that is not at war.  It puts into perspective my work situation (we call them #firstworldproblems) and makes me grateful that I am employed and taking home money.

It just sickens me that anyone can shoot at a plane, knowing that any lives (whether it's a commercial flight or not) will be lost.  The stories of Aussies on board who have lost their lives makes it hit home and it is even sadder to learn a lot of the Aussies on board were educators.

I also feel for Malaysian Airlines.  I don’t think you could fault them for the MH17 flight, although their blame for MH370 is contentious given we still don’t know what happened to the plane.  I personally believe these incidents could have happened to almost any of the commercial airlines and they are unlucky enough to be hit twice in a 6 month period.  I have flown Malaysian Air before and have to say they are one of the best airlines I have flown with.

Meanwhile on Australian soil, this past weekend was the #RiseForAlex round of the NRL.  The support shown to this young man who is struggling to learn to walk again after a horrific tackle is completely overwhelming.  I made the trip up to Newcastle for the Knights vs Titans game and the sense of community and support was amazing.  Alex himself teared up a number of times before and during the game; even I did when the crowd gave him a standing ovation and chanted his name.  The latest I heard, they had raised $1.1M for this young man which is just incredible.

Alex McKinnon is in the wheelchair standing next to Knights captain Kurt Gidley.

Sorry, I don't mean to be all doom and gloom.  I'll be back next time for lighter topics :)


  1. I said to L earlier tonight that everything in the news is so depressing and sad at the moment. Every person on the flight breaks my heart-families, kids, grandparents, babies, teachers, AIDS researchers, mothers... Just so, so sad.
    I'm so jealous you went to Newcastle. I'm such a HUGE fan! I bawled watching the start of the game yesterday. Also at The Footy Show on Thursday. Xx

    1. The Knights game was so utterly touching. It's great to see so many people dig deep. Kx.


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