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Victorian Bushfires
« on: February 11, 2009, 06:51:58 AM »

so i just found out that two girls i went to high school with have lost both their brother and sister in the fires.
i know my family is safe, but as i live so far away i never really hear things except on the grapevine. so i can only hope that everyone else is ok.

has anyone on here been affected directly/indirectly by the fires?
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009, 08:59:54 AM »

Without sounding horribly anal, they're not really Melbourne bushfires - more Victorian fires as it's a lot of the smaller towns in the state that have been hit. I am an Australian living away from home at the moment and I am so goddamn sad to read about it all... especially looking at the photos... saw a beautiful photo of a firefighter giving a koala water.

Honestly I've been working so much (slightly different timezone too) so I haven't been in touch with a lot of the Victorian people I know.. as far as I am aware everyone I know is OK which is great. I wish I could do something to help.
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 09:46:57 AM »

I was following this quite closely in abject horror and terror for those involved. When I came across a story this morning about a family in Marysville who had tried escaping (the dad went to start the car, halfway there a fireball hit the house and the explosion singed his back, but far worse, killed his wife and two sons), I lost it, and started bawling and bawling. It's so terribly tragic, and my heart goes out to anyone affected by this tragedy
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009, 10:13:54 AM »

And so does mine. But isn't it silly to be glad that a koala got saved though? Or maybe just human. Then again, if a tough firefighter gets moved by saving an animal, I guess it's allright for me too.

Sam the koala getting rescued: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFMBe_XjFU0

... and she's found a boyfriend! Just in time for Valentine's! http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0211/breaking23.htm

Awwww.
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009, 11:56:00 AM »

And so does mine. But isn't it silly to be glad that a koala got saved though? Or maybe just human. Then again, if a tough firefighter gets moved by saving an animal, I guess it's allright for me too.

Sam the koala getting rescued: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFMBe_XjFU0

... and she's found a boyfriend! Just in time for Valentine's! http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0211/breaking23.htm

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Is it bad that I hope they find anyone who set fires and then just turns 'em loose....

...after publishing their name(s)/address(es) in the news?
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2009, 12:23:30 PM »

And so does mine. But isn't it silly to be glad that a koala got saved though? Or maybe just human. Then again, if a tough firefighter gets moved by saving an animal, I guess it's allright for me too.

Sam the koala getting rescued: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFMBe_XjFU0

... and she's found a boyfriend! Just in time for Valentine's! http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0211/breaking23.htm

Awwww.

Is it bad that I hope they find anyone who set fires and then just turns 'em loose....

...after publishing their name(s)/address(es) in the news?


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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2009, 12:29:08 PM »

so i just found out that two girls i went to high school with have lost both their brother and sister in the fires.
i know my family is safe, but as i live so far away i never really hear things except on the grapevine. so i can only hope that everyone else is ok.

has anyone on here been affected directly/indirectly by the fires?
 

deepest condolences to your friends

as for koalas: do they taste like chicken, too?

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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2009, 04:13:30 PM »

I'm happy about the koala being saved, because a firefighter went out of his way to help a suffering animal. It's one of those humans being good humans thing that I like about it. A shot load of animal probably were burned to death, which is a shame, as well as all the things people lost >.> This whole thing is nuts.
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2009, 04:41:38 PM »

I've been following this on tv - I have friends in Victoria, some of whom I haven't managed to contact, but I'm praying that they are all safe!

I have family living in Heelsville, one of the townships that was under threat yesterday, but we haven't managed to get in touch with them.  Although today I just heard that the fire has moved away.

Hopefully all you Victorianites on here (I know there are a few) are ok!
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2009, 04:46:10 PM »

How creepy that I dreamed last night about Oprah's house burning down.  Wtf?
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2009, 05:33:25 PM »

Is it bad that I hope they find anyone who set fires and then just turns 'em loose....

...after publishing their name(s)/address(es) in the news?


Sounds reasonable to me.  Half the time these people get charged with arson and manslaughter and go away for a few years.  Yet serial killers in this country get 'never to be released' sentances - why don't they?  They are basically serial killers - they have murdered over 180 people!
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Re: Melbourne Bushfires
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2009, 05:35:23 PM »

I just wish it were much easier to track them. I was trying to figure out if there was some way to make catching this psychopathic killers (massacrers would be a better term) much easier than it is currently. :/
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Re: Victorian Bushfires
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2009, 03:16:17 AM »

Without sounding horribly anal, they're not really Melbourne bushfires - more Victorian fires as it's a lot of the smaller towns in the state that have been hit.

sorry i realized that as soon as i'd posted it...yes i think what is especially unusual about this lot of bushfires is that it is getting a lot closer to melbourne that usual, i think outer suburbs like narre warren are starting to get hit...



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Re: Victorian Bushfires
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2009, 05:39:47 AM »

Without sounding horribly anal, they're not really Melbourne bushfires - more Victorian fires as it's a lot of the smaller towns in the state that have been hit.

sorry i realized that as soon as i'd posted it...yes i think what is especially unusual about this lot of bushfires is that it is getting a lot closer to melbourne that usual, i think outer suburbs like narre warren are starting to get hit...

We live near Narre Warren, it's only 2km down the road. My friend's house came within metres of burning down. I think they are getting things a bit more under control now in the other parts of the state - but the stories coming from the people that made it out are pretty horrific.
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Re: Victorian Bushfires
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2009, 06:36:56 AM »

This has made me realise that I haven't talked to many of my friends in Victoria recently.
I hope they're all okay.
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Re: Victorian Bushfires
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2009, 10:28:15 PM »

All the bushfire stuff makes me so sad, I hate hearing about it.

I saw this footage the other day of the firestorm, its terrifying but incredible: http://tinyurl.com/appgwx
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