I was listening to the BBC World Service on my walkman at work this evening, keeping up with latest events in the Middle East vis a vis the Israeli military operation in Lebanon.
My boss came wandering past, so in an effort to make some conversation I remarked that it was just as well we weren’t in Beirut at the moment.
“Why?” he asked.
“Because the Israelis are bombing the crap out of Lebanon, the Lebanese are firing Katyusha Rockets into Israel, and the whole thing has thoroughly gone pear shaped.”
“Oh. When did this happen?”
“Er, it started about four days ago…”
“Ah, well, I don’t really follow the news much” he said, and wandered off.
Turns out a lot of people here don’t follow the news, and people that do follow the news tend to get it from either one of the TV stations or a newspaper that’s been left in the staffroom.
Of course, for a balanced picture you need to get your news from more than one source.
I get my news from the BBC World Service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, and SBS, as well either the Courier-Mail or the Sydney Morning Herald, depending what’s in the staffrooom (sometimes both, if I’m lucky!).
What about you?