I need to go off topic for a moment. I know this is a blog about living in Turkey and its trials and successes but the story of Schapelle Corby has been blasted all over every social and media website that I have looked on today so I may as well have my ‘two cents worth’.
For those of you who do not know I am Australian and, like many Australians, I was fascinated by the story of Schapelle Corby. In 2004 Schapelle travelled to Bali with friends for a surfing holiday. On arrival at Denpasar International Airport her luggage was searched by customs officers who found 4.2 kilograms of cannabis in her board bag. Convicted in 2005 she was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Kerobokan Prison.
I do not care if she did bring the drugs into Bali (although she has always denied her doing so and has maintained her innocence steadfastly throughout the entire ordeal). I really do not give a toss. I will, however, be interested to see just how the media portray her over the coming weeks, months and, no doubt, years. Her first interview will be worth millions. Will she be able to trust any person that she meets or will they all be trying to make money off her? The paparazzi will chase her for months. First photo. First outing. First swim. First whatever. I just hope that after the initial juggernaut that is ‘Schapelle’ ends they will leave her to get the treatment that she needs and allow her to heal in peace.
Here I am writing about her as well. Have I become part of the circus that is probably camped outside her sister’s home right now? Do I have a right to an opinion about this woman? Of course I do but do I have the right to send my opinion out into the blog-o-sphere? Maybe. I understand that Australian television had a TV-movie rushed to release last night – glad I missed it.
Rant over – back to normal scheduled programming and a photo of Sultanahmet Camii that I took on my recent trip to Istanbul – go about your day now.