Here and there in the media

by Alissa

Before I lived in Australia, I never paid attention to Australian news. Being a mostly empty island in the middle of nowhere, it doesn’t often light up the international headlines, except for the odd story about spiders or fire tornados.

Now that I am here, I’m paying more attention.

My favourite local story recently highlights the plight of a family who unwittingly built their dream house above an abandoned coal mine.

People I know elsewhere are looking out for stories in our neighbourhood/continent.

My mother sent me this gem from CNN:

Apple Maps flaw could be deadly, warn Australian police

Inaccurate, inconvenient, ill-conceived … now add “potentially life-threatening” to the list of words being used to describe flaws in Apple’s much maligned maps app. Police in Mildura, Australia are warning drivers to be careful about using Apple Maps to find the city, which the app has placed more than 40 miles (70 kilometers) away in the Outback. … a “potentially life-threatening issue,” police say the mapping system lists Mildura, a city of 30,000 people, as being in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park. Several motorists have had to be rescued by police from the park, which police say has no water supply and where temperatures can reach a blistering 46 degrees Celsius (114 Fahrenheit). “Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception… Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.” …

It’s not all bad news.

A friend in Canada just spotted this video about Newcastle. He and his fiancee are even considering coming to this corner of Australia on their honeymoon. Good news upon good news! Now, go watch Newcastle, This Place is Pretty Good (The Rap)and play it again in your mind the next time you read something about freak weather incidents or stranded motorists in Australia. That’s what I’ll be doing.