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Saturday 28 April 2007

THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK - WELL SYDNEY ANYWAY

NEWSFLASH!!

Seismologists recorded a tremor measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale. Professor Mike Hunt said the epicentre originated from an outer suburb in Sydney,Australia. Local residents flooded the State Emergency Call Centre reporting windows breaking and pictures falling off walls and smashing to the ground. Seismologists are confident it was a one off and no further activity is expected


Before you all go off and start building your disaster shelters there was no earthquake today. It was me falling over, face first on a cement footpath. While walking the dog today, I fell into a hole (stupid me) which was concealed by long grass and down I went with an almighty crash. I was more worried about loosing the dog lead as my boy would of just kept running.I am all grazed and skin missing on one side (Boy, does it hurts). The worst wound though is my pride, god I felt stupid. You know not one person came to give me a hand or ask me if I was alright. There were at least three cars that drove by and just looked at me sprawled on the ground. It makes you wonder what sort of world we live in. So sad really.

Today is the International Day of Mourning and we all (including my parents) went to a memorial ceremony held in the city for all people who have been killed on the job. As most of you know my younger brother was killed last July at his place of work.
It was held in a park specially created in remembrance. It is called Reflection Park and it is a small grassy area with a statue in the middle. After the service the families were able to tie a photo of their loved ones and lay flowers in remembrance. It was such a sad day, so many lives lost that could of been prevented.

REFLECTION PARK SHOWING THE MEMORIAL STATUE



GAVIN'S PHOTO HANGING ON THE STATUE



I have never been a "fan" of these sort of memorial days. I always felt they were just rehashing the event and stirring up all the old emotions we experienced when the tragedy happened. Now that I've had first hand experience I can see the merit of having them.It is worth remembering, he is worth remembering. If we all remember it may just save someone else's brother, someone else's loved one.

11 comments:

Chubbymum said...

It certainly does make you wonder what the world has come to if they see someone hurt and can't stop to help... not good.

I hope you are feeling better now...

Big hugs

Chubbymum
http://cmlosingit.blogspot.com

Chris H said...

Firstly... I'm bloody sure I heard about that earthquake! lol Sorry you got hurt, I have been in that EXACT situation and I had one lady run up to me and say "oh dear, is the baby ok do you think"... I was not pregnant and felt sooooo mortified! Just because I LOOKED like I was 10 months pregnant! And as for the Memorial Day, I quite agree, they have their place.... I have lost both my brothers in car crashes, my little brother while he was working too.... it is gut wrenching losing a close family member while they are still young adults.... I hope you have had a nice weekend after all that mishap and upset. Thinking of you chick.

Chris H said...

I just read on the news that there was a small earthquake in SouthEast England... are you sure you don't live there!!!!!! Ha ha ha

Wanna_B_slim said...

Rofl Chris you really are terrible...
Sorry to hear about your fall...
People are so cruel not helping out..altho with the laws of duty of care etc... we learnt all about that on our first aide course....
So i guess that what society is all about now days...
Take care... and RIP to your Brother... so sad...

Livy said...

Shit, that is bloody shameful really. Today tonight the current affairs program has done several segments proving that chivaraly is dead. One in particular, a big man screaming and abusing a woman in her car, and the onlookers just kept walking past!! She really looked in serious danger, and people couldn't give a stuff! I hope your hurting stops soon you poor poppet.

CactusFreek said...

It is a shame that people have lost the ability to care and have compasion for strangers.....or some strangers.
If a skinny blonde done the same thing, i bet at least 3 men would have come running! I've fallen over in public too, and people just stared. But i've seen that skinny blonde being helped after doing the same thing. It just goes to show that most people will only do something if there is an alterior motive [IE: might get laid]
I really worry about falling over. Because i'm so heavy, it really hurts!
On the other hand, if a guy opens a door for me when i'm walking into a shop or something else like that, i always make a point on complimenting him for being a gentleman. Men are fragile creatures who need their egos scratched to encourage them to continue the good deeds :o)

The memorial day sounds nice. You are right, so many of these deaths are avoidable!
Can you show us a photo of your brother?

Linda said...

Ahem, I read your comment on Chris's blog and I have to ask, Whats wrong with living in England?? I live in England.

Linda said...

Hi
Thanks for your reply and my apologies, I picked it up wrong.

I will read your blog.

Christine said...

I am in the 10 week challenge as well -I had to find something to get my butt in gear. Looking forward to keeping an eye on your blog!

Rebecca said...

I did not know about your brother, I am sorry for your loss.

I bet the tremor was scary.

angelfish24 said...

That's sad that no one would stop to ask if you were alright! I always make the time to stop and ask. It only takes a minute. People are in such a hurry these days.
I'm glad you have a place to remember your brother. I can only imagine what you had to go through losing someone so close.