Who Won the Week (3 October 2021)

In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.


Do you remember Sarah Everard?

She’s the woman who was abducted and murdered in south London, at the start of March. It sparked protests akin to Black Lives Matter, all at a time when the UK was locked down again. I wrote about it at the time.

Well, I wanted to talk indirectly about this case. More directly, it is how it has been reported by the media.

It has been known for some time that this murder was committed by an off-duty policeman. He even pleaded guilty, so it was a fast trial.

That someone can do this to another person, I’m basically already thinking that this guy is as bad as bad can be. It doesn’t really get any worse.

But his trial has come around, and just the way it was reported by the media left me angry that somebody, some editor, has sat down and decided how this case should be reported, so as to make it as sensational as possible. That kind-of calculating element was what angered me.

First we learned how he tricked her to get into his car. He basically faked an arrest. Pulled out his warrant card, read her her rights. Her “offence” was supposed to have been lockdown-related.

All while telling us this, the journalist was saying and then he did this, and then he did this, and so on. And each time, the audience is supposed to say oooh. Just titilating us jucier and jucier details each time.

It turns out that this guy once guarded politicians. I guess that was supposed to shock us, to know that he had at one stage had a position of some responsibility. Oooh!

I don’t know. Maybe this is just me, but I don’t like that somebody is sitting there in a studio, calculating how to drip-feed this information to me, evoking gradually worse feelings toward this guy. It seemed like they were trying to sensationalise the whole, sad affair.

Just to give a sense of closure, the guy pleaded guilty and got a full life term. I mean, how could it have been anything else?

Home on the Range

We had a stormty day yesterday and it was very sunshine-and-showers today. We did manage to get out for a walk, for a coffee, and just about got home as the heavens opened.

This is one of my favourite viewpoints, a place called Castle Hill, just inside the New Forest. About 10 minutes from home. This scenery is why I live here, especially when I worked so far away.

Life through the Lens (3 October 2021)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

Poole Harbour again. We used to get some brilliant sunsets on these cruises. Make you feel a little warmer?

Photo across Poole Harbour, at sunset. The sun is rippling over the water.

Acid Test

clipart image of a wooden chair

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 3 October 2021, splitting hairs.

The joiner said new seat was ready,
But his wife said it felt quite unsteady,
Was she just splitting hairs?
‘Cos he stood on the chair,
And he toppled right onto his heady!


Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt