Yippee! For a whole twenty-four hours the BBC News was curtailed by a strike. The local bulletins were only five minutes long and even the national one was shorter than usual.
Why I have to watch the whole thing I don't know - it is almost as though I am afraid to miss something. At least we make it just once a day - from 6pm to 7pm and that does make it an hour's enforced rest, which is also a good thing.
But really so much of the news is so trivial, a lot more is sensational and very little is necessary. It struck me that at one time Syria, with the dreadful killing there, was headline news. But now it seems to have been put on the back burner, as though it is no longer of interest, although there is no dying down of the fighting.
And what a lot has been made of Hilary Mantel's comments about the Duchess of Cambridge - she says she has been misinterpreted - and what a lot of nonsense it is too. I smiled as I thought of Victorian times, when a pregnancy in the Royal Family would have meant a complete withdrawal from society. Now the opposite is true, with all newspapers advertising her 'bump' yesterday. Couldn't there be a happy medium?
I am still reading Cees Nooteboom's 'Roads to Santiago' and he sums up the news brilliantly I think, with this passage:- while driving in Spain he says ' the car radio gargles and splutters with election results, fresh history which, eventually, will be condensed along with all the rest into the indigestible soup of one page of print, all those millions of words, facts, gestures, images and promises which took as much time as they needed to come to pass, only to be crushed, pounded and compressed into a single book, a single chapter, a single page, a single sentence,a microdot in a future that will no longer be ours.'