In a sea of incomrehensibility, perhaps the most incomprehensible thing is that newspapers and the ABC are reporting that many of the fires may have been deliberately lit.

Even at this distance, it’s hard to know what to do with yourself. It seems wrong to go about your own simple life (which only last week looked a bit more complex) when other people are living…well, I don’t know…I can’t even begin to understand what today will be like for them. An online donation doesn’t feel like much of a contribution.

Whatever else I do today, I will be thinking of the people – adults and children – living through this right now, and also of the people who are reliving past experiences.