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    Sydney

    Our thoughts go out the the family and friends of the 34 year old man and the 38 year old lady who whilst going about their normal day, were thrust into a horrid situation in Sydney yesterday and lost their lives overnight.

    The thoughts of Ausphotography and Australians in general are with you today.

    We are also thinking of the injured hostages and police. Along with the police and other emergency personnel who were involved in this tragic matter.
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    Well said, Rick.

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    Horrible just Horrible that this sort of thing can happen, you would never think it in Australia
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    So very Sad Rick.

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    Well said Rick. 1 week ago I sat with my wife having morning tea in the Lindt Café Darling Harbour. So today we reflected on the random aspect of life and how , at another time ,another place , we , someone we know ,or any one of us on this forum could have been in that café yesterday. Make the most of each day , as you never know what might happen tomorrow.
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    A terrible incident indeed.

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    We just found this evening out that a girl and her mum who were wounded in the Sydney terrorist event is an old friend of ours.
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    So Sorry to hear that Kym.

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    What a tragic day. We are so fortunate to live in Australia. A vastly multicultural society where acceptance and tolerance is generally the norm.
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    Update: Apparently Louisa and her mum Robyn was not shot but hit by shrapnel from the police assault.

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    Update: http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-...-1227158980166

    The news item lacks factual integrity.

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    as tragic and horrific this has been and is, what really gets up my nose when asked how a person with 40+ charges to face was on bail, the authorities blandly say 'he fell through the cracks'. some bloody crack.
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    This is an interesting take on bail (not that I agree with it) http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-1...rights/5972018

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    Tribute.

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    Well done, BC. It's a good perspective that really shows it, I reckon.
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    Update: We have heard from relatives, Louisa and her mum Robyn are doing ok

    http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-...-1227160119584


    WHEN the door lock inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe was smashed and some of the hostages ran for their lives, Louisa Hope could not go too.

    Even if she wanted to risk it, she couldn’t. She didn’t have the energy needed.

    Stricken by multiple sclerosis and requiring a walking stick to get around, the 50-year-old hostage had to bide her time, her physical condition compounded by her sheer exhaustion from the humiliating role the gunman forced her to perform.

    The 50-year-old was his human shield, dragged with the gunman every time he moved his position.

    Even when his eyelids became heavy, his grip remained on Ms Hope.

    A woman who couldn’t fight back. A woman who couldn’t run.

    Proof, if there is any need, of his inherent evil.

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    A very sad and tragic event. I am pleased your friends are safe Kym and hope they recover emotionally from what must have been a truly traumatic experience.
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    Possibly not the mainstream view, but I find this whole affair depressing and sad for an entirely different reason. Firstly it goes without saying that these deaths are a tragedy, as was the death of Phillip Hughes recently. What saddens me is the totally disproportionate outpouring of grief which our society produces for isolated incidents such as these when so many other deaths go unnoticed. The same applies to deaths in specific situations such as bush fires, where we treat such deaths in such a totally different manner to similar deaths in suburban house fires.

    What is lacking is simply perspective, and an acknowledgment that all lives are precious, not just those of celebrities or otherwise newsworthy individuals. The Sydney incident was not a terrorist attack - just the actions of one unstable individual in an incident that has been blown out of all proportion, and which has ricochet around the world in a cycle of ever increasing complexity and magnitude. The bottom line remains the same - one loony murdered two people, something which is not materially different to numerous other murders. Society has many murders and deaths, most of which involve blameless victims whose lives were equally important to those around them, and yet those murders lack the "sexiness" of a celebrity or an alleged "terrorist".

    Do I discount the lives lost in Sydney? No .... but society is discounting the value of the numerous other lives which have been lost in equally tragic circumstances, and which will continue to be lost in years to come.

    If the various news networks has simply reported this event without the hype, we would all be seeing these murders in an entirely different light - with no less revulsion, no less sympathy, but with a more balanced and less hysterical response. Death is something to be mourned, to be respected and all deaths should be treated with our respect in a dignified and even-handed manner. Terrorism is not a word we should apply to each and every head case who happens to disrupt our way of life. It's sad that we are not equally concerned about all the other deaths around us - the terminally ill, the victims of accidents and those whose personal tragedies are not the stuff that sell newspapers. Is a little balance and perspective too much to ask?

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    Agree with your general sentiments Bob. This event was tailor made for media , being in the centre of the city , opposite Ch7 etc... and they lapped it up. This of course may have been the perpetrators plan , in which case we have given him what he wanted.

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    I agree too Bob. Even that recent cricketer, I found the outpouring a bit over the top. It is a new phenomena that I refer to as the Princess Di factor. It is great that people feel they need to do something to express their grief, caring etc, but it gets a bit ridiculous when people who have had no interest in cricket, and had never heard of him before the accident, go out and buy a bat to put at their front gate just cause others in their street have done it.

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