Finally, something on the news to feel good about
It’s pretty clear everyone with an indulgent boss is glued to the television right now watching the early stages of the extraction of the 33 Chilean miners who’ve been trapped underground for more than two months.
You’ve got to hand it to those Chileans - they know an occasion when they see one - and as gripping news moments go this one is a cracker. If you can’t commandeer a tele click here for live coverage.
If you rattle off a list of other must-see-TV news moments it’s pretty dire. September 11, the Victorian Bushfires, the Mumbai terror attacks, the Beslan school seige, the London Bombings, Bali, the Port Arthur massacre, the explosion of the Challenger rocket.
But the feel-good moments are harder to identify.
There was our own mining miracle in Beaconsfield in 2006 when Todd Russell and Brant Webb were brought safely to the surface after two weeks underground.
And when Stuart Diver was pulled from the rubble of the Threadbo landslide in 1997 the whole country was holding its breath.
But it’s tragedy that usually gets us gathering around the office television. Not today.
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