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30 October 2016 @ 12:00 am
I just can't make sense of this  
It's been a terrible week in Queensland, this week; firstly with the Dreamworld tragedy - which really hit home across Australia; I think nearly everyone who ever went to Dreamworld would have gone on that particular ride - and then yesterday with the senseless murder of the bus driver, not all that far from where I live. The first tragedy was a terrible accident but the second was so random; I can't fathom it at all. I just feel for the families in both incidents. Just terrible, sad events.
Current Mood: sadsad
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on October 29th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)

The bus driver shocked me, I understand the perpetrator may have had mental health issues.

But I've been in customer facing jobs myself and, although there's always the awareness of risk at the back of your mind, you never really expect not to come home from work

Such a senseless act. Sometimes you have to wonder at the way the universe works.
miwahni: Pros Ray frownmiwahni on October 29th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm really having trouble comprehending this. On the news tonight his lawyer said that he's numb, and trying to process what he's done, and is going in for psych evaluation. I cling to the last part of that statement; horrible to think that anyone could do something like that in their right mind.
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on October 29th, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)

Fanatics do.

But I regularly use the bus and I look at the usually quite chirpy drivers, it's unusual to get a grump, and try to think where your head would need to be at to do that to some ordinary Joe just doing their job.

My thoughts are very much with his family. My own brother-in-law drove a bus for a while and I think how it would have affected us.

No winners here.
miwahni: Pros B&D You'll Be All Rightmiwahni on October 30th, 2016 11:09 am (UTC)
That's it - I get the bus into the city every day and on the whole the drivers are friendly and chatty too. There is just no reason for this.
No winners, you're so right. I wonder how the perpetrator's family is feeling right now.
snailsnailbones on October 29th, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard about the bus driver... Big big hugs to you all. Sometimes it's the very randomness that makes it seem even more terrible.
miwahni: Pros B&D You'll Be All Rightmiwahni on October 30th, 2016 11:13 am (UTC)
That's right, it's the randomness that makes it so hard to comprehend. There's nothing you can point to and say "oh that's why..." - not that anything would have made this okay - so there's no way to understand what motivated this. It's just horrible. I really feel for his family in India; he was due to fly home to be married in a few months' time.
snailsnailbones on October 30th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)

Ah, there's no sense or reason to it - just a sad person doing something tragic, and probably as confused by it as the rest of us. I feel so sorry for everyone touched by it - nobody is born wanting to murder a stranger - stuff happens, and this is how it finishes. I always hope and pray that something positive somehow comes out of these things... but it's hard to see. Hugs again to you. ♥

Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on October 31st, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
All so senseless.

None of this made the news in the US but oddly enough I'd just been talking to my Australian colleague about this before reading your post. Her family are in Brisbane.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on November 1st, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
I'm surprised that the Dreamworld tragedy didn't make the news in the US; it did in the UK and it was such a huge thing here. Your colleague's parents would certainly have known all about it. Sad sad day.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on November 1st, 2016 11:16 am (UTC)
"Everywhere", pretty much,is on the BBC map of the world.

The US has a very different "news" map basically consisting of the US, Western Europe (IF something very major happens there), Israel, Palestine and anywhere the US army happens to be fighting/policing or an American dies. In other words, for this tragedy to have made the US news an American would have had to die on that ride.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on November 1st, 2016 11:25 am (UTC)
The US sounds about as parochial as Queensland is. I moved here from New South Wales and was amazed at the Qld slant put on every news story- it just never happened like that in NSW. Remember the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand? Our local paper's headline - "14 Queenslanders Die". The total death count did get a mention at least, but unless they're Queenslanders they don't make the headlines. :-/