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01 September 2009 @ 10:40 pm
In brief, but happy, political news ...  
I am up to my nose in deadlines of doom, though I have had time to work on beta-ing some spectacular stories of late, but have to take a moment to share this story.

Tim Holding is the Water Minister for Victoria, Australia's secondmost populous state. (Yes, we have Water Ministers here, as we have bugger all water, because global warming is real and while people whine about carbon taxes, Australia is drying out. Tuvalu is drowning. The irony is not lost.) He is a young and attractive man and has spent the last two and a half days lost in the Victorian alps in freezing conditions and without a phone signal.

Now, Victoria has form for losing politicians. In the 1960s, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Portsea and has not been seen since. Not satisfied with losing a Prime Minister, they built a memorial to him. It's a swimming pool. Truly.

Tim, on the other hand, was found today, for which everyone is grateful and relieved. He did everything right, save take an emergency beacon on his walk, and thanks to his good equipment is in generally good condition.

However, the question of how he was found has no clear answer. The police have declared that he was found at night by a non-police aeroplane, and that they could not release further details for security reasons.

Yes, my friends, not only did today bring the happy news that Tim Holding lives, but also the very probable news that Australia has functional spy planes! Given that the RAN is filled with submarines that leak, and the RAAF with helicopters that do not fly, you can imagine the national relief!

Meredyth: Oh Shitmeredyth_13 on September 1st, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Honey, I have to say I think you're being just a tad harsh on our RAAF and its helicopters.

They fly perfectly well, as long as you want them to fly straight towards the ground or other large, immovable objects, or each other, as soon as the light gets dodgy or someone uses the radio. Down is a perfectly acceptable direction for a helicopter to fly in and any landing where someone can walk towards the wreckage is a good landing.