I have been pondering, do we really need to know about all the doom and gloom going on in the world? All the conflicts, who is falling out with who, in far off places that most of us will never get to visit. The dictators with unpronouncable names, the dots on a map of places I have never even heard of, maybe I should have taken more notice of Geography lessons at school. How many have been killed in this village and that village, oh my God, it goes on and on.
I don't remember any of this foreign news reaching my ears when I was a child, we were happy, we played in the street, we dressed up, we went to the park, and we watched happy, fun programmes on the tele. I vaguely remember my father sitting down with his dinner on his lap at 7pm each evening to watch the Tonight programme on BBC1, with Cliff Michelmore presenting. That was a signal for us to leave the room, thank goodness, we didn't want to watch that stuff anyway.
There seems to be more and more terrible things happening, or maybe there always was a lot of murders and pillaging, it's just that we didn't hear much about it when we just had BBC and ITV, or took a peek at Dad's Daily Sketch. Nowadays it's in your face all the time, and it's getting a bit depressing.
I am watching a programme called an Island Parish on the iplayer. They did a series about the Isles of Scilly a couple of years ago which prompted me to go and visit there. The latest series is about an island in Scotland called Barra, and it's a lovely programme about a lovely place, with lovely people. Everyone is nice to each other, helpfull and friendly, about as far removed from the evils on the other side of the world as you can get. I think we should all go and live there.
I'm going to have to stop listening to the news on the radio and bury my head in the sand, but it's going to be a bit of a bind to keep switching it off and on, on the hour, and when they keep sneeking bits in, in the middle of the programme. I shall have to stop listening to the Today programme in the mornings. I'm going to stop reading the papers online for a week and see if I feel any happier. I want a button on my computer to filter out any bad news, and only give me nice news.
Got to stop the rot. I've found a couple of 'good news' web sites that I might try.
That's it, no more bad news, I'll let you know how I get on.
18 hours ago