Well what a horrible weekend that was, with the massacre in Norway, the Hangzhou train crash and Amy Winehouse being found dead at 27. The bad news just kept coming and each was a complete shock (yes, I know Winehouse has drug and alcohol issues, but it was still a shock when it came).
The Norway massacre was interesting because everyone immediately talked about al-Qaeda and muslims when it turns out it was carried out by someone on the opposite side of the fence, someone who from the sounds of it, hated muslims. But what’s shocking is not really who was responsible, but how young so many of the victims were, and of course, the extremely high death toll, currently at around 90 people, gunned down by just one gunman.
Then we have the Hangzhou train crash which has got a lot of people up in arms about alleged poor safety of China’s railways and the very rampant corruption that has meant millions of RMB earmarked for investment in railways has gone in to the pockets of corrupt officials which could have cost lives. I don’t want to over-react or have a knee-jerk reaction to the events of Saturday night, but I have a genuine hesitation to travel by train despite being curious about the brand new high-speed link between Beijing and Shanghai. It’s counter-intuitive, but it feels like air travel is still safer, and I guess statistically, it is.
And that just leaves poor Amy Winehouse who was clearly immensely talented but also immensely troubled. I guess she’s at least now no longer in pain.
I hope next weekend proves to be uneventful.