When we were within range of a phone service, my usual Twitter feeds arrived. Yes, Fen, I know what you were up to. From Twitter I immediately learnt the very sad news that ABC journalist and presenter Mark Colvin died. I was quite upset. While he has had many health problems over the years, I did not know he had a terminal condition. I can't add to any praise that has already been heaped upon him beyond I think he was a good bloke.
Twitter you wonder? Am I into Twitter? I don't really tweet but I receive tweets directly to my phone from people who I choose to follow. Melbourne ABC broadcaster Jon Faine once interviewed the late Mark Colvin and somewhat snobbily queried Colvan about his Twitter usage. Colvin defended it by saying he has so many followers on Twitter, that he could ask any question about anything and get an immediate reply from somewhere in the world. Vale Mark, and I thank you.
Speaking of Twitter and media, before our holiday I began following on Twitter the truly marvellous Kate McClymont who is an investigative journalist at the Fairfax Press' Sydney Morning Herald.
Correct me if I am wrong but I think McClymont has done more than any other journalist or government enquiry to expose corruption in New South Wales than anyone else in recent years. As you can see, she is not twenty years old and has files going back a long time. Of course in Victoria we don't have corruption...........or maybe we don't have Kate.
Day one of our holiday is ready to go, at 5am eastern Australian time.