It’s early in the morning (okay, it’s 7:50am, but I don’t do anything, remember). Mr Moi has been up for a while, splatted on the couch watching television. This is like a continuation of sleep for him, he remains in a catatonic state and registers nothing.
However, I walk into the room, boot up the computer and idly listen to the news on bbc world. Let me first point out that it’s one of only three news channels, and a total of 10 channels altogether, that I can watch in English, on my cable TV with 126 channels.
And listening to the news, all I can think of is ‘My, aren’t those Brits a bunch of misery guts!’ The first ‘headline’ I heard was “If the honey bees are in trouble, then so are we”. WTF? Is this the British idea of a sensationalist headline? Why are they doing an expose on the humble honey bee? Ohigeddit, global warming is the honey bees’ fault? Little pricks.
Besides that, it’s the usual doom and gloom, but all from a pommy perspective. The pound is going down (about bloody time. Brits have been enjoying The Rest of the World on peanuts for long enough, thanks very much). House prices in Britain may have gone into decline, rather than just being static. All of this interspersed with pictures of people looking ethnic in different countries around the world.
There’s no point to this post, except really to point out that news is designed for people who can’t mentally digest more than a soundbyte at a time, and watch anything about a certain topic for longer than 40 seconds. Sometimes I think my brain, in Ukraine, has become moulded by the likes of BBC world.
But I do like to listen to those nice plummy BBC English accents.