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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A Miner Celebration

If you've woken up feeling a little bit shit, then have a quick look at any news channel this morning.

For a natural born pessimist like myself it's quite easy to get sucked into the black hole of doom that we hear about every day; The War on Terror, the Double Dip Recession, Courteney Cox and David Arquette splitting up... the list goes on.

We're constantly being reminded that us decent people are all skint, and those of us who aren't destined to die a slow and painful death before reaching retirement age might as well jump in front of a bus anyway because there won't be any money in the pension pot*. Cheery eh?

So quick, turn over to Sky News to watch live coverage of the 33 Chilean miners being pulled alive and well from the collapsed mine half a mile underground where they have been trapped for almost 70 days. Recharge your happiness battery and enjoy the emotional scenes as you see them being winched up one by one in the Phoenix capsule to be greeted by their loved ones, the president and all the engineering staff who have never given up hope that they would get them out of there safely. See... sometimes, nice things do still happen.

It's probably going to take another 24 hours or so to rescue every last person so fingers crossed the remainder of the operation continues without a hitch.

And as I'm sure each and every one of them will check my blog immediately after resurfacing: "Bienvenidos de vuelta!"

*That was, of course, a joke. Please don't jump in front of a bus or any other vehicle.

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