Our Friend from Japan sent us an email to say that her visit to Sydney with her students might not go ahead because of the threat to security. Her university did decide the trip could go ahead but some of the parents after being directed to the local equivalent of our Foreign Affairs website travel section decided not to send their children to Sydney, principally because of the Lindt shop tragedy. Too many withdrew, and so the trip is not going ahead.
Well, we had arranged to go to Sydney to catch up with her. Well, that was the initial thought, but a break for me from work and a change of scenery for R, in a wonderful tourist city was a bonus. Our Friend from Japan has decided to visit Melbourne instead, some of the time when we will be in Sydney. No matter, we will see her.
It is rather silly for the Japanese website to have dire warning for personal security in Sydney, but then I am sure our Australian equivalent has similar for countries many people visit without a thought, such as the Indonesian island of Bali.
Now to the nitty gritty. Is is just me who feels so misinformed? The coronial inquest is underway into the Lindt shop hostage tragedy.
(I won't use names to be picked up by the those who cared for the dead) I thought the dead bloke made a lunge for hostage taker, allowing people to escape in the process and was shot in the process. A hero for sure. Instead now from the inquest, I learn he was made to kneel and shot in the back of the head. From other things I read, he was somewhat of a hero and very brave.
And then the woman who was killed, who I thought was killed by the crazed person, was 'collateral damage' when the police stormed the building. Did you know that?
The question I ask, is why I was so misinformed at the time. Am I just stupid or maybe you thought the same as I did?
The hostages of the siege are making mega bucks with their commercial tv interviews. It seems a little distasteful to me, but then I am old and why should they not sell their story.