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Sunday, February 7, 2010

In memory - Black Saturday, 7th February 2009

I was reading a book, as I often do and came across this – I thought it fitting.

He had no home, no roots, no family. Absolutely nothing! No family photographs, no family bible that would have recorded the dates of the family lives – the day they were born, the day they were wed and when and how they all died. Everything had been destroyed. Everything. All he had was pictures in his head. That was what the war had done to him. Others had fared just as badly, and some much worse, he chided himself.
Exert from “Cockney Courage” Elizabeth Waite, 1999.

The similarities are too close to real life, living in London in the Blitz or in Victoria in 2009. Very very similar.

To those we lost – we won’t forget

To those that survived – we can’t forget

To those that helped – thank-you from the bottom of my heart

Let us not forget – to be prepared is to survive, to be ready to flee is not a sign of weakness it is a sign of wanting to live.

Do what you have to do as a family – don’t be swayed by the voice of others

Let us not forget Black Saturday 2009.


Paul H said...

Too many times we have been told that 'we can't afford to prepare for the next Ash Wednesday'. The result is a Black Saturday instead.
Complacent politicians and repeated messages from the locals that know better, who are then labeled as 'the boy who cried wolf', because yet another year has passed without any disaster, does not make for proper protection for the community.
Too many people lost their lives to make everyone see that we need to develop robust, coordinated and realistic solutions that the communities themselves can action, with support from all.

It ain't so (most of the time) said...

Paul - Too many people lost their lives because they thought 'it couldn't happen to them' They failed to prepare - they failed to pay attention, they failed to act on what nature and the media was telling them.
You can't protect everyone from themselves. Sometimes nature has to act and nature did, the result being Black Saturday - we can live, we can learn, but not everyone will learn. Not everyone will survive all the time.
This is a lesson learnt for some, unfortunately a life lesson for others.
The biggest thing at the moment is that the politicians meed to get over the political correctness talkfest and start using real words in a real world and then perhaps people will listen - until then people and politicians and governments will keep pussy-footing around the real issues of community safety.