OPINION: Sometimes we can all sense evil is close by

HAVE you ever had a premonition that something bad was about to happen or indeed had happened?

There have been three occasions in my life when I have had these foreboding experiences.

The first was when I was a teenager and a coldness came over me, telling me that a friend or an acquaintance was in serious trouble.

I was at a mate's place and it was late at night when I told him of my fears.

We became so scared that we sat on our beds with cricket bats in hand.

The next day the police came to my home to inform me my uncle had crashed his truck in the early hours of the morning and died.

My next experience was watching the implosion of the old Canberra Hospital from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

As the black cloud rose into the sky, I felt that evil had been done.

That night the story on the news was of spectators injured and a man dying from falling debris.

My third occasion was during my recent visit to Paris. As it turned out we stayed just a stone's throw away from one of the recent terrorist targets.

I returned from that trip to tell friends that for the first time in any of my travels I was concerned for my safety.

Exactly what made me feel that I don't know, but I decided before we left the city that I would never return to Paris.



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