It has been a reading time over the last couple of days – plus I played hooky with Rachel yesterday to go to the cinema and took my bike for a service this morning, so I’m catching up.
But a few things around and about that have caught my eye.
A good article by Steven Wells on boycotting the Olympics, as much for the way it has become “irrevocably lost to corporate capitalism” as for China’s human rights record.
I’m still undecided what to do, but the fact we’ve now booked ourselves a holiday which starts the day before the Beijing Games suggests I won’t be doing too many couch potato impressions for these Olympics.
Nikki Aaron gives us another snapshot of her ex-pat life in Beijing ahead of the Olympics.
There is a welcome return to our TV screens of Dragon’s Den and a welcome return to the blogosphere after a temporary break from Le Craic – and these two forces have collided with Le Craic’s review of the first episode of the Den’s reappearance.
It saves me the bother. Dragon’s Den isn’t up there alongside The Apprentice in my book, but it usually throws up some interesting talking points.
Last night’s opener had the band looking for financial backing to help make them the next big thing; a novelty sheet to effectively divide up the bed and create a barrier between you and your sleeping partner of choice; and the machine that turned air into water. Only one of these got an investment, can you guess which?
Joanna Geary raises a few interesting questions about journalists and journalism and whether reporters who earn their stripes on regional titles are still cut out to make the move into nationals.
There is no doubt that times have changed and I’m glad I trained on a regional newspaper 20 years ago and not more recently.
Some will have you believe that a journalist’s career ladder should always lead up to the dizzying heights of the national titles in London, but these days that is simply no longer the case. There are plenty of examples of regional newspaper journalists who are making their mark on a national and even international stage – Joanna herself being a prime example.
It is a sign of the times that the environment I was fortunate enough to be trained in – where newsdesk and the subbing team took time out to tell you where you’ve gone wrong and point you in the right direction – has largely disappeared.
But London still isn’t all that.
And finally, who wants to see a dustbin lorry that has tipped over?
Caught on camera by a regional journalist (ooops, he is a sales manager) after the accident happened outside his newsroom.
Journalists (sales managers) taking photographs?
It wouldn’t have happened in a newsroom in my day…and thankfully (on so many levels) that day has long gone.