View Full Version : And Good Journalism too as food for the soul

December 18th, 2010, 10:48 PM
Laughter is most definitely good for the soul and so is good journalism, especially when it reflects on those quirky things about day to day life past and present.
Ideally, I'd probably like to read the New York Times everyday but as a very close second best, and as I am in the UK, I still veer towards the 'The Guardian' - the alleged 'bastion' of the liberal press here.
Even though I've been reading it for more than 35 years, it still annoys and infuriates more than I can sometimes bear with its smugness and, at times, oh so preachy tone (sorry - I might be a tad guilty of the pot-kettle-black syndrome there), while at the same time as displaying ads for all manner of rubbish consumables such as gas-guzzling SUVs and 50" Plasma TV screens.

But then I read articles like these below from today's edition and I still come back for more.

A joyous look at Britain at Christmas past and present by the veteran Guardian journalist Ian Jack:
"Will it be a 'TV Christmas'? Probably, though not quite the way it used to be
The days of 28 million people all huddled at home watching the same programme are gone – but we will still be as idle as ever over the Christmas week"
"Britain at Christmas remains exceptional, unlike itself for the rest of the year, and different from any other country in Europe. For two days – 25 and 26 December in England, 25 December and 1 January in Scotland – mobility by public transport is treated as a sin."

The wonderful American journalist and author Lionel Shriver:
"When the snow hits the fan, get real and stay home
It's another big freeze with more travel chaos forecast for the weekend. So why do we always fail to heed the warnings?"

'Roy Mayall' (a ficticious postman) whose now famous blog, on the travails of delivering our post in an era of change and torment for the famous British 'Royal Mail', has become required reading:
"The not so jolly postman
Postal worker Roy Mayall loves his job – the fresh air, the early starts, even the Christmas rush. But this year it's not quite so much fun. The service is being 'modernised', resulting in backlogs and delays. So will your cards get through?"

Terry Eagleton - critic, writer and distinguished Chair of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University on the 'The death of universities':
"Academia has become a servant of the status quo. Its malaise runs so much deeper than tuition fees"

I'd love to see others favourite snippets of journalism.