Hands up if you felt a bit inadequate at your knowledge of Caucus politics when the Russian-Georgian conflict suddenly erupted this week? Embarrassingly, for somebody who prides themselves on knowing a bit about what’s going on in the world generally, I really had no idea where it all kicked off from.
Sadly, any newspaper coverage just left me more confused. I could grasp the picture of what was happening, by and large. I just had no idea why it had happened, and that, to me, is equally if not more important. Even by upping my news consumption, I was still left a little bit in the dark.
It’s one of those moments that makes you realise how important the internet has become to everyday life – Gmail is down and has been down for a while now. Cue collective gnashing of teeth and howls from the 20 million users worldwide, as we realise how utterly vital the email service is to us.
Or is it? It’s frustrating, sure, but surely something’s not so important that it can’t be worked around. There’s plenty of other ways of contacting people – Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook, another email account. Even the telephone. I love the internet, but I refuse to accept that when one site goes down, it takes the whole of our lives with it.
Toddle on down to your newsagents and pick up a copy of When Saturday Comes and you’ll fine a piece from me on Leigh Genesis in there (don’t think it’s available online, soz).
Also, had I got time I’d have liked to have done a quick bit of comment on the Rotherham situation. However, Ian at Two Hundred Per Cent has written a fantastic piece, which would put anything I had to say to shame:
At Soccerlens. Only Leagues 1, 2, and the Blue Square Premier mind.
I’m sure the fact I’m manically busy at the moment is karma because I tipped Leeds and Torquay for their respective titles.
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If you’re the type of chap, or lady, who reads newspapers you’ll be aware of something called the credit crunch. If you’ve not come across this catchy piece of alliteration before, essentially it means there’s less cash floating around so we all have to recycle our socks, make do with stickyback plastic rather than gaffer tape, use cardboard boxes for shoes, give up at least one child for adoption (or else risk them getting repossessed) and take our holidays in Blighty.
I’ve just booked my first holiday abroad for around ten years. I clearly don’t read newspapers enough.
Adam Tinworth asks if blogs, like newspapers, have a silly season. I’d say definitely. Not just silly, but probably downright bonkers.
Firstly, a lot of the blogs, no matter what they’re about, feed off the news and if the news is in silly season, it follows blogs will to. I’m certainly noticing a few less posts in my RSS reader over the last couple of weeks, the exception being football blogs, which haven’t seem to have stopped.