AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES UPDATE: REBUILDING BEGINS IN MARYSVILLE


A site just outside of Marysville has been cleared to make way for a temporary village of various demountable buildings and temporary shelters while the town is rebuilt. Some 40 families are expected to be housed in the complex within the week.

Rebuilding in Marysville and throughout bushfire affected Victoria is being overseen by former Victorian Police Commissioner and the now Chairwoman of the Reconstruction and Recovery Authority.

The actual township of Marysville remains closed while the town continues to be searched for more bushfire victims.

Sound Relief concerts held in both Sydney and Melbourne raised about $5 million dollars for Victoria’s bushfire victims and Queensland’s flood victims. The concerts included performances by Cold Play, John Farnham and Kylie Minogue, as well as a reformed Midnight Oil fronted by Peter Garrett. Some 120 000 people attended the two concerts.

Grants from the bushfire appeal have begun to flow to those who have lost homes in the bushfire, with most home owners having received $50 000 grants.

The official death toll remains at 210, but this is still expected to rise as the search for remains continues, with many people still regarded as missing.

The final fire (Wilsons Promontory) that was regarded as being out of control is now contained.

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VIVA LA VIDA: COLDPLAY


I probably don’t listen to modern pop/rock music much these days, apart from when I’m travelling in someone’s car and they have the radio on. Every so often there is a song that gets played on a regular basis and in recent times ‘Viva la Vida’ by Coldplay has been such a song.

This song has really grown on me and I’m quite intrigued by the lyrics of the song. Perhaps you can share some thoughts on them and what you think the song is actually about. I quite like the song and have some thoughts on what it’s about.

If you don’t know the song, have a listen below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvgZkm1xWPE