A sickening and truly terrible 24 hours for Sydney which won't be forgotten.
Thanks for the messages - by a stroke of good fortune wasn't in our office at 29 Martin Place today & therefore was well away from the tragic hostage siege at number 53 (Lindt Cafe), which sits directly across from the Channel 7 studios and all but next door to the Reserve Bank.
Here's not the place for yet more speculation - no doubt the media will sort and report the story in time - only gratefulness because on another day that could have been any of us Martin Placers who regularly drink coffee there.
Roosters pal Jim Smith of The Footy Show/SBS Sports often stops by for a gossip at 53 and summed it up - a silent prayer for all of those innocently involved and their families and loved ones.
A sobering day. Also let's hope for some sensible reaction to an awful event, which Sydneysiders will no doubt step up to.
Edit: And they are - see #Illridewithyou trending and now viral.