Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes says the Bangkok bombing is a reminder of life’s fragility and he and his family feel lucky to be alive.
Barnes has used Facebook to thank fans for their concern after he and his family narrowly escaped walking into the path of the deadly bomb blast in the Thai capital.
“Thankfully we are fine but this is a reminder that life can change in a heartbeat. Hold the ones you love close to you and enjoy every moment you get to share with them in this life,” he has written on Facebook.
Barnes and his family were on their way to dinner in Bangkok when he decided it’d be too hard to negotiate his young grandson’s pram along the bumpy, busy road that runs beside the popular Erawan Shrine targeted in the bombing.
Instead he led his Thai-Australian wife Jane, daughter Elly-May, son-in-law Liam Conboy and grandson Dylan to an overhead walkway.
They were on that overhead thoroughfare when the blast rang out below.
“That (decision) probably saved our lives,” he wrote.
“Had we gone the direct route we would have been right where the bomb exploded, in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Barnes said it wasn’t immediately clear just how bad the attack was, but officials have since said at least 20 people, including 11 foreigners, died.
“All those families will be left with pain and sadness that will stay with them forever,” Barnes said.
“Our prayers and our love go out to all those people and our thanks also go out to everyone who reached out to see if we were all right.
“Love is the way. Hate and anger only bring pain and suffering.”
Barnes has told the Nine Network he owes his life to his nine-month-old grandson.
“It’s just by the fact that my grandson was here (that) we walked around that way,” he said.
“If my grandson wasn’t here I wouldn’t be here to talk to you now. You’ve got to be thankful for small mercies.”