I know the world is watching Australia burn. We're sitting here, smoke all about, unable to open windows. A week ago we had a bush fire threaten our town, the perimetre was 92 kilometres. The firemen finally got it under control. And now the Blue Mountains and other towns nearby are burning. There hasn't been enough hazard reduction going on - thank the councils who are Green - and it was a recipe for disaster. This afternoon another fire broke out down near Newcastle and the M1 is closed. There is a huge fire west of us and it is uncontained. Another fire broke out the other side of Queen's Lake yesterday. The lake is a couple of kilometres from my house. We're not in any danger but we are keeping a wary eye on things. Someone quoted 1,500,000 hectares, or was that acres, of forest and land burnt. Gobsmacked at the carnage. I feel for everyone, my heart goes out to you all, and spare a thought to those animals who have perished. There have been a few animals saved by very kind people.