This example shows why bloggers with camera phones are better placed to report on local news stories than “old media” like the print media, radio and TV.
It also shows that it’s useful to have a tradesman who owns a large petrol chainsaw living on your street 🙂 and that unexpected events show which neighbours are willing to help their community out.
6:30pm: Huge electrical storm comes through my suburb with torrential rain
6:45pm: Half a gum tree falls over and blocks the whole street
7:00pm: I come out of the house and see the fallen tree. One of our neighbours has a chainsaw so he starts cutting limbs off the fallen tree and other people including me help to remove them from the road
7:20pm: Road cleared, someone calls the State Emergency Service so they know about the fallen tree limbs needing to be cleared from the roadside. Cars can now drive on the road again
7:30pm: I walk home, dry off and write this article with a photo I took on my Nokia 6300 camera phone
TIME ELAPSED FROM TREE FALL TO PUBLISHING THIS: 45 min