It struck me this morning - as it often does - just how lucky we are to have so much information at our fingertips. When I was a child we had a radio - I think it had valves (somebody will no doubt enlighten me, it is all a long time ago). It was made out of what I presume was bakelite and it was circular on a little stand. We thought it was the bees knees and gathered round it in the evening to listen to programmes like ITMA. As for the news - yes there was a short bulletin at set times each day but in our household at least' proper' news came from the Daily Herald - my father read every word and given half a chance would pontificate on it (as it was a red hot Labour paper to say it was politically biased was an understatement)
Now there is news to be had all day every day - a special News channel, a Breakfast News special each morning, regular news broadcasts every few hours on every channel, plus of course a surfeit of newspapers depending upon one's political preference (no longer a Herald though - it went the way of all flesh years ago). This means that we are bombarded with news; so much so that we get tired of the lot of it and mentally switch off.
But where we are so very lucky is in that huge wealth of information which means that we no longer have to have giant bookshelves full of Atlases, Encyclopaedias and the like. Now at the touch of a button we can bring up almost everything on the screen. And we bloggers can exchange information with a blogpost or an email, without the need for a stamp, a trip to the post box and a wait for a reply.
Yesterday Rachel told us she had been up to London to see the Paula Rego exhibition. I thought it sounded good and told her so. By return she told me there was still a programme on iplayer about her. This morning I watched it - absolutely fascinating stuff - if I had to sit an exam on her work and I watched the film a couple more times it would give me a good grounding for further research. So thank you Rachel (Rachel Phillips) - I am going now to watch the programme again over my tea,