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A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That [Apr. 9th, 2009|05:01 pm]
Tony Grist
Ailz had steroid injections in her hips yesterday afternoon. Her father drove us to the clinic and waited in the car for us to be finished. He's a very generous man. I sat at the far side of the room and read a book while the nice young doctor stuck in the needles. I know the media keeps telling us that the NHS- along with the rest of Britain- is broken- but I've never seen the evidence.

But then the media only ever talks about the brokenness and never about the mending. For instance it was headline news for weeks when Manchester gangsters were shooting one another, but way down the agenda when the leaders of the Gooch gang- who were responsible for most of that shooting- got jailed the other day. There hasn't been a fatal, gang-related shooting in Manchester for over a year now. Who knew?

Ailz has spent today in bed- to let the steroids settle. I wrote an impassioned rant about the media- of which fragments remain in the previous paragraph. I binned the bulk of it because I was forcing the anger. Bush and Blair exhausted my political rage. These days I don't get angry about public things. Or at least not honestly so.

Ooo! Our adopted daughter just showed up. All by herself. No husband, no baby. We'd been waiting for her all afternoon. She's going away for a week- and  wanted to say "goodbye" before she left. She's brought us an easter egg.  

[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-04-09 05:30 pm (UTC)
Agreed, good news is no news. I had a bit of a rant about that myself on these pages a while back. There are various good news sites around. There's one on LJ which I think is called happy_news, but the one I used to watch only seemed to have stories of little fluffy animals being resuced from impossible circumstances. Necessary, but not sufficient, to restore one's faith in humanity.

Happy Easter.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-09 06:20 pm (UTC)
I don't want happy news, so much as news that helps me understand the bigger picture- and that doesn't edit and clip stories into formulaic, cliche-ridden packages.

Edited at 2009-04-09 06:21 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-04-09 09:18 pm (UTC)
Don't know where we get that. It's not just the Daily Mail that twists stories up, these days.
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