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Old 25-09-2012, 18:50   #46
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Re: Cruising and the "news"

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Sadly, that is one of the reasons no direct attempt is being made at the present time - The wife watches tons of TV and is afraid we will be boarded, robbed, etc, etc.
Her fears are are to a point based on good sense!Then the part that says this would prove to be a good time for some high adventure kicks in....

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Old 26-09-2012, 06:53   #47
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Re: Cruising and the "news"

The comments about the BBC are touching, albeit fundamentaly nonsense . Over here the local BBC is one step removed from Pravda .

But the "Normal" BBC just has a different style to the others, no fundamental difference. Notwithstanding that, for me all the mainstream news is interesting (papers / TV), but only so I can see what I am meant to be thinking.

FWIW, the best Newspaper I used to read was............The Bangkok Post!, (English Edition ) - the local news the usual polished nonsense, but the international stuff was good, but that simply because they were mostly cut and pastes from the Agencies (AP / Reuters) without the slant added in. and that not because of any Editorial integrity - but fundamentally because anything outside Thailand was simply not important enough to bother with massaging (same as for the local papers). Not to say the Agencies were not without an inherent Western slant (both in content and simply what was (and wasn't) considered important / interesting enough to be reported on), but IMO about as neutral as it gets. and usually even with facts (the stuff opinions are meant to be based on!).

The Financial Times is also pretty good on boring old news - of course it has to be, people use that as a source of info when making decisions involving money. and that is a good motivator for ensuring accuracy / quality! - and means they can charge for "the news" including online (and they do that very nicely $$$).

I think still a while to go before the Mainstream media realises that they don't own the news (and that their historic ability to invent the news / set the news agenda is worth increasingly little) - after all, if no one knows about something it ain't news .......but in this modern age, if something is genuinely important it will become News beyond anyone's paywall.

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Old 26-09-2012, 07:01   #48
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Re: cruising and the "news"

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Have not watched the news or read a newspaper for over 15 years. The news over here is geared to ratings and uses sensationalism to get them. It is manipulated by either the owners or the big business that runs the whole shemozzle and most of the reports bear little resemblance to the truth.

Even if you do watch it, you then see something that you disagree with, what can you do? All that happens is that you get steamed up over it, bugger up your day,then get over it and do the same thing tomorrow.

Much more peaceful being ignorant sometimes.

Try ABC 24 - its not perfect - but its pretty good for 8cents a day.

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