The sight of flames travelling at breakneck speeds towards homes and towns is one we witness very year. One wonders how Aussies put up with this annual event. The trend is increasing as yet more homes are built in the 'bush.' Every year lives are lost and countless hundreds have to rebuild their homes. The fact is that fires are a natural phenomenon in Australia; indeed many plants need them in order to reproduce. The Aboriginals (I guess there is a more PC term!) lived with nature and were able to adapt as the flames 'renewed' their natural habitat. So what to do? Try evolving with nature and building where it is safer. I'm sure Aussies will find the balance. Let's face it----you lot over the ditch can show us a thing or two about resiliency!