Well, that was an odd day.
My office is in the Sydney CBD. Like most buildings in the city, mine spent much of the day in lockdown – no one in and no one out – all because of some dickhead with a gun, a flag and a grudge.
The Lindt Cafe is a regular stopping off point for Sydney lawyers – the building which houses the Supreme, Federal and High Courts is just down the road. Like most Sydney residents, I’ve spent the day in “could have been me, could have been my friends” mode.
The hostages seem to be escaping (or are being released) in dribs and drabs. Those poor people – I can’t even imagine. I hope this is going to have a happy ending.
Gun violence is not something that happens over here very often, and Australians’ experience of terrorism (certainly Islamic terrorism) [ETA – not that it’s in any way clear that that is what this is] has almost all taken place on foreign soil. There’s going to be some serious flow-on effects for this country, whatever the outcome.