Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Chilean miners

How nice is it to have the world united and excited behind the successful rescue efforts in Chile? So rare to see good news stories these days, particularly on such a global scale. Every other 'good' story seems to have a negative side - people complaining about the cost of the Olympics in London, or the people who were trodden on along the way when one person (or company) makes it big. Even when it's a massive sporting success, such as winning the World Cup or something, there always seems to be an idiot element that ruin things for others. And let's not forget, there are people out there who bizarrely don't like sport.

Nice to have a reality check occasionally and to applaud the brilliant engineering behind the rescue mission. And great to see that it's not just the big Western nations who are capable of doing it. Just imagine how much different the rescue scenes would be if it was in the UK or America. The media circus would be on a ridiculous scale and the tabloid papers would have found ways to smear almost everyone involved....

4 comments:

  1. Very true mate.

    Things like that make you understand the stress from what we do is somewhat trivial in comparison.

    Brings a lot of things into perspective.

    I'm sure 90% of Traders/Gamblers don't spend nearly enough time with their families as they should.

    Nice someone has taken the time out to post something like this.

    Well done.

    (Good blog too by the way, an interesting read)

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  2. The negative side, sadly, will come once they start looking at how it all went wrong, blaming mining sector etc.

    Don't be so positive!

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  3. they've have done that already if it was the UK or US. I haven't even heard who owns the mine, so I assume it it locally owned. No political agenda against them so no govt or tabloid inspired smear campaign (so far)

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  4. It was a tremendously inspiring story of human ingenuity and perseverance. Try and imagine it, for 17-days all you know is that you are 700 metres below the surface, in a man-made void little bigger than a typical office (25ft x 15ft), in total darkness. How they did not go completely mad is beyond me.
    How the drilling rig located them is unbelievable. I have worked with directional-drill equipment and its hard enough to get the drill bit in the reception pit on the far side of the road just 20 metres away.
    Whatever was on their side, I hope they say thanks.

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