…which is eerily, tragically appropriate for NSW, my Australian home state, where 62 bushfires are burning, 13 of them out of control, and winds of up to 100kph are expected tomorrow.
The most ferocious fire is in the Blue Mountains just west of Sydney. More than 200 homes are confirmed lost,
hundreds more properties have been damaged, and countless numbers of residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters.
Please spare a thought for those who have lost not only bricks and mortar, but all the reminders of their past identities – the photographs, the documents, the family mementos and sentimental keepsakes that tell the stories of our lives.