It's 6am. At midnight last night I received a text from Christchurch and my friend there and she's ok. Thankfully she was not in central Christchurch and is staying in part of Christchurch where I have acquaintances with whom I've stayed when I have been there. So I slept albeit fitfully. I woke occasionally with the horror still in my mind. This morning the television is back on and the media are now beginning to get to that stage when they have to fill every minute. This leads to questions such as "What do you think the final death toll may be?" As the Mayor said questions like that apart from seeking totally speculative and unavailable information verge on the tasteless at this stage.
I'm out today at 8am. I'm glad because I would be unable not to watch the television or at least keep it on. As it is some of the questions the media are asking of the people who are trying to effect rescues are just infuriatingly inane. Questions like "It's getting light now. Will that help you?" Pardon. Did he really ask that?