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1536 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Jan 2003 at 10:08 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-01-19 10:15:47 AM  
As someone who has gone through a natural disaster I must say I have a lot of empathy regarding these fires. My own experience involved hurricanes. They are just as bad and do just as much property damage. It's hell all around in either situation.
2003-01-19 10:21:49 AM  
I was around when Oakland went up in smoke, that was pretty darned freaky. Hope the blaze doesn't flare up again.
2003-01-19 10:33:17 AM  
They all drank a dozen cans of Fosters and pissed on it.
2003-01-19 10:42:18 AM  
Good to hear.
2003-01-19 11:07:14 AM  
nice use of alliteration in headline.
2003-01-19 11:44:41 AM  
alliteration allays australia's anxiety

thats 4.

I win
2003-01-19 12:02:05 PM  
Thats my home town.

Freakin scary.
2003-01-19 12:56:44 PM  
Cunning : Hey man. Mine too. Im from up north in Macquarie area. Hope your family and friends back there are all OK.
2003-01-19 01:50:11 PM  
Foster's is piss already -- ask any Australian.
2003-01-19 01:59:41 PM  
This explains why my cousin hasn't emailed me back.
2003-01-19 02:02:05 PM  
Always Avod Alliteration.
2003-01-19 02:12:01 PM  
you all should go to australia once. it is unbelievably kick ass. take a three week tour from cairns to sydney and i guarentee you will enjoy it...
2003-01-19 03:33:19 PM  
A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palate but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.

Black Stump Bordeaux is rightly praised as a peppermint flavoured Burgundy, whilst a good Sydney Syrup can rank with any of the world's best sugary wines.

Château Blue, too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering afterburn.

Old Smokey 1968 has been compared favourably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian Wino Society thoroughly recommends a 1970 Coq du Rod Laver, which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: 8 bottles of this and you're really finished. At the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is 'beware'. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is Melbourne Old-and-Yellow, which is particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of Château Chunder, which is an appellation contrôlée, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation; a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a Hobart Muddy, and a prize winning Cuivre Reserve Château Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga, which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.
2003-01-19 04:15:30 PM  
Geees, over 300homes destroyed and fark doesn't even give it a news flash tag. Stupid.
2003-01-19 04:57:15 PM  
My brother and his family are in Canberra. Luckily, they are safe and so is their home.
2003-01-19 07:56:44 PM  
Despatch from my sister;

Yes, it's dreadful here...but we are alright, thank God...I'm listening to the local ABC, and people are ringing in with their stories of what happened to them on Saturday. It's quite overwhelming.

Saturday was an awful day. It was quite dark at about four o'clock. The atmosphere was surreal.

A friend of B's from Duffy arrived at C's at about 5 o'clock with her three children, and left them there for the night, while she went back to help her husband hosing down the roof...eventually she and the children spent the night with B, and C went back to help her husband overnight.

M and L and I had taken all the children out to Mt Stromlo just two weeks ago, and it is pretty well destroyed.

They say it could get bad here again, but today is calm and not as hot as WW is.

I pity the local Green candidates in the next elections.
2003-01-19 08:52:56 PM  
01-19-03 01:50:11 PM Bubbaprog
Foster's is piss already -- ask any Australian.

I think you are mistaking Foster's for an American beer....
2003-01-19 09:35:23 PM  
Who said the fires were contained???

In some areas all that has happened is the wind has dropped off. The North West (where I am at the moment) is still under threat.

In other news: 14 more houses burnt to the ground. Toll now stands at 402.
2003-01-19 10:16:16 PM  
402? Gonna be nothing left of the city at this rate.

C'mon, rain.
2003-01-19 10:25:21 PM  
Well the smoke is certainly thicker then it was yesterday. It is hot and dry as hell as well. It wouldn't suprise me in the slightest if more houses burnt down today, The conditions are just too perfect.

Sam "in Canberra" theOzzy
2003-01-20 12:12:39 AM  
Serves me right for getting my Australia news from the Sacramento ( California ) Bee. But, we here do know fires, very bad fires, so good luck folks.
2003-01-20 01:56:02 AM  
Snuff3r: well I don't know anyone around here that drinks it. Its all exported to the US as far as I know anyway. ;)
2003-01-20 04:48:35 AM  
I'm in Canberra, practically every suburb around us was on alert, not us. But we can't use the airconditioner and there was a risk of sewage contaminating the water supply. It could get smelly too - no showers, laundry or "unecessary flushing".

But I'm grateful, I've done a lot better then most people.

Winnie :0)
2003-01-20 07:13:42 AM  
I'm in North Canberra - apparently I'm in the firing line tomorrow. I've abandoned the place, whatever happens happens and I'll go back after the fact.

Some of my friends have lost property in Duffy and Kambah - this really is farked
2003-01-20 07:55:23 AM  
This girl could really be helpful.
Very very Not Safe For Work
2003-01-20 09:53:44 AM  
Over 400 houses burnt to the ground, four people dead, hundreds of burn victims.. and it's shrugged off by the world media. Yet everytime someone scrapes their knee in the States we hear about it over here.

Ahh what a wonderful world we live in.
2003-01-20 09:54:00 AM  
The picture on the front of the Australian today really drove it home. There was nothing, a photo that covered three, maybe four streets, not a single house standing. And this is Suburbia, not some country town.

Over here in WA, we've got the usual media beat up about our own tree-lined streets (Forestfield, Kalamunda), but I suppose when the forecast says 38 deg, then 40 for Wednesday, they have a right to get people worried....
2003-01-20 09:55:03 AM  
By the way, Fosters is our main export beer because no one in their right mind would ever consider touching the stuff over here. It's watered down urine.. or something.

We keep the good stuff to ourselves. :)
2003-01-20 09:57:40 AM  
Liquid_Silver What, like Emu Export? Hahahaha
2003-01-20 10:11:22 AM  
Given that the name barely rings a bell, i'd have to say... no. ;)
2003-01-20 02:48:13 PM  
'Ere we go - wind expected to kick up to 35km/h today with 65km/h gusts. I'll be hosing down my cousin's place in Charnwood today, then trying to cover my place in Kaleen tonight when the wind shifts back to the east.

This sucks arse. Great big industrial sized quantities of arse. Acres of arse. Wide open plains of arse where herds of arse buffalo roam free. That's how much arse this sucks.

Here're a couple of dry but informative links: http://www.esb.act.gov.au/media/bushfire.htm#fireinfo

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