TV One News at 6 pm was rather strange this evening. The first thirty minutes seemed to be devoted to weather problems around the world and earthquakes and tsunamis and the like.
It seems that the US is having snow in places that have not seen snow for over 100 years, the UK having managed to open its airports after the worst snow and freezing temperatures for decades now can't send planes to many places because they are now in the same situation. There are hurricanes, cyclones, floods, mudslides, and, would you believe it, the hottest temperatures for the time of year in many places including Perth, Western Australia, where friends from Glasgow are spending Christmas. Here in Napier we have had a lovely day:
Unfortunately tonight there is a severe weather warning for most of NZ as a cold front moves through bringing gales and torrential rain to many places.
When they weren't talking about the weather they were talking about the earthquake in Christchurch. Over 5000 buildings have been damaged over the last two days. 3000 have already been inspected and another 2000 will be inspected tonight and tomorrow. Many businesses in the Central Business District are closed.
OK so we are a developed nation and, unlike, Haiti no one is camped in a tented city and no one has cholera. So we have much for which to be thankful.
And at least there are no riots.