This is agonising.
I have family in Christchurch and don't know if they are all okay. [update: they are all safe and well]
I'm sure many of my readers will be in a similar situation. Some of them will be in the middle of the quake zone. I don't expect many people to be rushing to read my blog today.
I was almost in tears just watching the TV footage of those fine old buildings destroyed. The most distressing thing is not the loss of buildings, which can be rebuilt, but the potentially enormous loss of life.
If I had a god I'd be praying to it. Or shaking my fists towards the sky.
Anyway, I hope that everything is okay in your family, and that everyone is safe.
I had a whole heap of things to blog about, but right now who cares about the Welfare Working Group, Hone Harawira or any of that stuff?