In 2002, we were deep into the Lord of the Rings trilogy with the release of the second film, The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers.
There were so dumb suggestions the film should change it’s name, because it was thought to be too close to the twin towers. Luckily, the stupidity didn’t win this time.
More deaths and winning by not falling
2002 was another year of destruction, this time in Bali, an island in Indonesia. Two nightclubs, full of foreigners, mostly Australians on holiday, were targeted with home-made bombs. The worst hit was the Sari Club. 202 people died in the attacks, with about the same number injured. The hospitals in Bali couldn’t cope with the injuries, so a special medical alliance was set up between Bali and Darwin to help the injured. This alliance is still going, which is something good to come out of it. The bombings were done by Jemaah Islamiyah, and it still puts of some people from travelling to Bali. The thing that puts me off travelling to Bali is the number of drunk Australians that are there.
But we had something to cheer about in 2002. Australia never does all that well in the Winter Olympics, due to our lack of winter in most of the country. But we won a very unexpected medal in the speed skating in 2002, when Steven Bradbury won gold in the 1000 metres. He was coming dead last when everyone else in the race fell over, leaving Bradbury, literally the last man standing and winning him the gold medal. Hilarious. And now you can do a Bradbury, which is winning against all expectations.
No One Knows how Nirvana released a song in 2002
Ok, people do actually know how it happened. The previously unreleased Nirvana track, You Know You’re Right track was released in 2002, putting the band back on the radio endlessly.
The Queens of the Stone Age were very popular in Australia in 2002, with the album Songs for the Deaf. It’s my favourite QOTSA album. The track No One Knows was top of the list of the Hottest 100 that year.
Living on the Edge
I was in second year uni in 2002. I was studying journalism, German and ancient civs. In the second half of the year, I got involved with Edge Radio, a brand new community radio station. I did everything I could at the station. I presented, helped with promos/ads and scheduling and just about anything else I could do. It was exciting. I was making radio, mostly all on my own, and I loved it. It was that early stuff with the community station that got me my current job. Anyone who has any vague ambition in journalism and isn’t involved with a community station is an idiot.