BUSHFIRES. Floods. Worldwide pandemic. Souths one game off making the grand final.
All bad news for sure. And it's deteriorating at a rapid rate. For Abba's planning a comeback and a new album.
Yes, Abba. Bloody Abba.
We can still vaguely recall the 1970s, back in the days when we were just a teenager. We can't remember anything much from the 1980s, but that's another column for another time.
The '70s had its moments... the Roosters won back-to-back titles in 1974/75 while Taree Old Bar finished the decade as kings of Group Three footy. Gough was elected in a landslide in 1972 then sacked by that dropkick John Kerr in 75.
We finished school in the 1970s and that was a blessed relief for all concerned.
However, the 1970s also saw the rise of Abba, the Swedish Supergroup, as they were called by music critics. They had a string of lamentable hits that were played almost non-stop on the radio.
Clips of their songs appeared ad nauseam on Countdown, a music show on the ABC that was required viewing for young teens back in the '70s
We still cringe at the memory... Fernando, Waterloo, Dancing Queen... on and on they went. Terrible tunes. Terrible tunes indeed.
However, as the 1970s morphed into the 1980s Abba largely disappeared. We don't know (or care) what happened to them.
We'd guess the four of them were billionaires by then, so maybe they just decided to spend their money.
To be fair Abba had one shining light - the blonde lass, who shared the singing duties.
We were totally smitten by her. Agnetha Fltskog or Anni-Frid Lyngstad, we can't remember which one she was. She was absolutely magnificent.
We could almost manage to sit through a clip the astonishingly bad Fernando just to swoon at her. However, neither Agnetha or Anni-Frid, could save Dancing Queen.
Abba toured Australian circa 1977. They didn't play at the old Taree RSL or the Poplars, so we thankfully missed the opportunity to see them.
They did a concert at the Sydney Showground when a wild electrical storm hit and to their credit, they played on. There was torrential rain, thunder and lighting while Agnetha and Anni-Frid sang Waterloo in front of saturated fans. It really was a weird decade.
We haven't seen any publicity shots of the 2021 version of Abba, which is probably a good thing. We would guess they'd be all comfortably in the 70s now, so like Fernando, they'll be old and grey.
"You are the dancing queen. Young and sweet. Only seventeen."
No, no, stop. No more. Now we need a drink.
Please tell us the pubs are still open.