Meanwhile back on this big island west of New Zealand we have the most terrible bushfires, especially in the state of New South Wales. Numbers numbers. I can't remember but did I hear 650 homes destroyed? 2,000 koalas killed? Innumerable other animals both large and small, along with farmed sheep, horses and cattle. This has not been a disaster fire that happened in one day, but one over a number of weeks.
I am a little reluctant to criticise Prime Minister Morrison as media shows what they will show, but he does rather seem to be missing in action during this fire disaster, perhaps spooked that the fires are so bad because of the suggestion of climate change which he and the Liberal Party seem to be completely ignoring. Within the party there are expert politicians with some kind of weird instinctive knowledge of climate change and that it isn't happening and they know better than climate scientists.
R's sister's wedding was held in Sydney a decade or more ago and we were the wedding planners. It was a wonderful day with a photo backdrop of the sparking blue harbour water, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. I feel so sorry for whoever had their wedding yesterday in Sydney.
Ferries, a major form of public transport in Sydney, were using foghorns in the smoke before they were cancelled entirely because of poor visibility. Smoke alarms in office towers were going off, leading to innumerable fire brigade call outs. Photos from The Sydney Morning Herald and if you haven't seen it already, take a look at Merle's post with the weird reflected fire.