What Ever Happened to the News?
The last couple of weeks our media and conversations have been dominated by the Olympic Games in London. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved them. I am so proud to be from the UK right now. I thought that the organisation, opening and closing ceremonies and the performance of Team GB (and Northern Ireland) were, quite frankly, outstanding. I think our Olympians are a credit to themselves and to our nation. Many a Premiership football player could learn a thing or two or three or four from these dedicated, self-effacing athletes.
However, while we have been amazed by the performances of Mo, Jess, Hoy and the rest, and, while we have been breathing a collective sigh of national relief at the success of the Games and patting ourselves on the back for the friendliness of the reception we gave and for the beautiful sights of our capital city, it would be easy to forget that all has not been well in the world this past fortnight.
With the exception of the US managing to successfully land their version of Wall-E on the surface of Mars, it has been hard to find any real news recently. So, perhaps it is worth reflecting that during this period:
- 16 border guards were killed by “Islamist militants” in Egypt and the newly elected President Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood himself, has used this as an excuse to effectively sack two leading generals in a bid to secure his position.
- The Nigerian army has recently killed 20 members of the Boka Haram Muslimist group thought to be responsible for murderous attacks on churches and Christians in that country.
- British soldiers and US Marines continue to be killed on an almost daily basis in Afghanistan.
- 60 people have died in floods in the Philippines.
- 52 people died after a bus crashed into a gorge in the Himachal Pradesh in India.
- 2 people have dies in forest fires that have been raging in the Canary Islands
- 306 were killed in an earthquake in Northern Iran
- And, Bashar al-Assad continues to massacre his own people in the ever-evolving civil war in Syria.
And, closer to home, poor 12-year-old Tia Sharp was killed by those closest to her. And, Diana Lee, who I met on several occasions as she owns the Cheshire cattery and looks after Maslow when we are away, was shot and killed and set on fire by her former partner.
So, it is time to come back down to Earth. But, hopefully, we can take a real legacy from London 2012 and in the words of Eric Idle “Always look on the bright side of life”.
- Himachal: 51 die in Chamba mishap – Hindustan Times (hindustantimes.com)
- Spain wildfires kill 2, prompt tourist evacuations (utsandiego.com)
- Nigeria army ‘kills 20 Islamists’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Egypt leader explains sackings (bbc.co.uk)