Friday, 6 April 2018

Friday

Looking out of the window, a hazy sun is out and there is a slight breeze.   Step out and you will find that that slight breeze is a cold slight breeze and the haze around the sun means that there is little warmth to be had.

Still, it is Friday, it is Market Day (much more market today as it is dry) and, as usual, the 'gang' meet for coffee in the Post Horn.   Tomorrow there is a Sale at our local auction house, so friend W and I went down, ostensibly to look round the sale items, but in reality to have our lunch in the Restaurant.   I had a delicious bowl of mussells in white wine sauce - ages since I had shellfish and I have missed it.

Now I am home, warm and cosy.   Tess has been on her Pet Pals walk so there is no need for me to take her out this evening, the central heating is on, 
and I am relaxing.   The Times still to read - although really the news is all so depressing that I really wonder why I take a newspaper.   I do feel it is important to keep abreast of world and national affairs, but stabbings in our capital, the dragging on and on of the 'spy poisoning' story which seems to be getting more and more complicated rather than getting sorted out,  so many stories and absolutely nothing I can do about any of them.

So, do I continue to take a newspaper just to keep abreast of things or should I cancel it, be better off and bury my head in the sand like an ostrich (do they really do that or is it a myth?)
 

22 comments:

Minigranny said...

I often feel like cancelling my paper but would miss the crossword and the Arts pages etc.

jinxxxygirl said...

Keep the newspaper Pat and just read the articles you want to read.............Hugs! deb

Derek Faulkner said...

I could not possibly start the day without reading my Telegraph, just a matter of skipping the bits that don't interest me, such as world news. I do wonder at times why people get so uptight about news that they can do nothing about, such as stabbings in London. I certainly wouldn't cancel my paper because there have been bombings in Syria, stabbings in London or some people seem to have a soft spot for Russia. I read about it, forget about it and move on, my favourite part being the obituaries. This morning here was chilly and grey but now, it is sunny and reasonably warm and I've been busy in the garden again.

Marion said...

I gave up my newspaper years ago. It was rough. I was like a drunk, dying for a drink. It took me months to get over it. I weaned myself slowly by subscribing to the Sunday paper only for the coupons. Then, they began giving away the sales papers/coupons in the mail weekly, so I went cold turkey. By then, I had the Internet, so I read the news there. I still miss my paper, though! Hope the sun keeps shining!

Librarian said...

I still have a weekly newspaper, which more often than not gets read 2 or 3 weeks later, as I am aways so many weekends.
But like you, I want to know what is going on, even if it means bad news and I can do nothing about them. There is still plenty in my own life (and my small bubble of the world) that is good; the bad news do not bring me down entirely. Yes, that is a very egoistic approach, but I fully admit to that.
Glad the market was better stocked and visited today, and you had a nice lunch!

Terra said...

There is a lot of horrible news, you are right, and I too subscribe to a newspaper, our local paper. I do not watch the news on TV, the main networks are too biased and I can't stand to see photos and footage of violence. Somehow for me reading the news as opposed to seeing footage is more acceptable.

DUTA said...

I read the news (local and international) on the internet. In addition, we have a daily newspaper and a weekly distributed Freely at stores, kiosks, bus stops, petrol stations etc..`That's more than enough for me.

justjill said...

We have a daily paper with local news and a small amount of national and international news. As regards the newspapers UK wide it is difficult to find one that reports news without putting their own slant on it, or tell downright lies. Really depresses me there is so little truth told by anyone who reports 'news' and I include the BBC in that.

Joanne Noragon said...

I bury my head in news feed on the computer. The "newspaper" I sit down to read And it's cold, windy and wet here, too. The entire world has bad weather, I think.

Bonnie said...

You seem to be much in the habit of reading your newspaper and I think you would miss it if you canceled the subscription. Maybe do as another suggested and read only the articles that truly interest you and cut back on all the "doom and gloom" articles that so many papers love to push. Like you, I feel a need to stay on top of the news but I find you can do that reading only a portion of the depressing side of it since they do tend to go on and on about the same subjects so much.

The Weaver of Grass said...

On the whole you all agree with me - I shall keep the paper but ignore the bad bits and - as I already do - remind myself that every newspaper is biased in favour of their own particular political slant.

Mac n' Janet said...

I quit reading newspapers quite some time ago and use the internet for news. Many papers, including the Guardian, are online free.

Leilani Schuck Weatherington said...

Uhhh. I was curious about this myself: Ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand. I find the morning "news crawl" at the bottom of Bing incredibly depressing. The local paper actually does have some "good news" about the community so I continue to read it.

Heather said...

Not such a lovely day as yesterday but dry and I got out for a walk to the shops. I don't take a national newspaper, they are so depressing and I no longer know if we are told the truth or not. However, there are some very interesting crosswords and other puzzles in the centre of a regional paper which I enjoy. There is nothing I can do about the world's problems, if there was, I would do it. I help charities when I can and truly appreciate the comfortable life I have.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I think the news is best avoided but i can't help myself

Granny Sue said...

I listen to news on the radio on NPR and the BBC NewsHour. I can turn it off if it's too much or I just don't want to hear it. Like you, I want to stay informed although the emphasis on drama and horror and outrage are overwhelming. One thing I know is that while I can't change what is happening on the other side of the world, I can change my little corner here. And in the end that's the best any of us can really do. One other thought: if each of us dedicates ourselves to kindness, thoughtfulness and honesty, surely we will make some difference in the end. Surely.

Pipistrello said...

Hello, I stopped reading printed newspapers a few years ago now. As everyone has said, you can skip the doom-and-gloom stories and read selectively and then head for the crossword. However what finally did it for me was the "dumbing down" and lazy editing of the content. Print journalism in Australia has gone the way of television news and become rather trashy so I choose not to spend my $ there. Short of living on an island, you really can't avoid keeping abreast of the world events even if you do opt not to read or watch the news. Headlines have a way of filtering into your life by some kind of osmosis.

Sue said...

Haven't bought a newspaper for years, I read the news on the internet. When it all gets too awful I just click and it quickly disappears!

thelma said...

Cancelled my weekend Guardian yesterday, truth be news is all speculation. Pay for some news on the internet, but this spy story has become ridiculous, and don't even start me on the politicians;) Warmish here as the rain occasionally drizzles down.

Elizabeth said...

You are right; the news is ghastly. However, if one looks round at one's friends etc most seem to be doing fairly well.
How much better off people are in general than when I was young.
Whether they are happier or not is quite a different matter....
So limit exposure to the news.
Trump is an abomination.....

Sue said...

I haven't bought a newspaper in years. I keep abreast of the news ... when I am in the mind to and when my lovely hubby is at home ... at 10pm each evening and on Yahoo news on the internet. It's all so depressing, sometimes I wish I COULD be more ostrich like :-)

I don't think there's any more bad news than there used to be, it's just different and we hear about virtually everything that goes on anywhere and everywhere thanks to modern methods of communication and the ease of news gathering these days.

krishna said...

We cancelled the newspaper, but i miss it..