A blog from the hermit cave of Jan Baykara

I was recently reminded of how I biologically operate when, for 72 hours, I fed almost solely on leftover chocolate cake–delicious, rich, sticky, orange liquor chocolate fudge cake–and tea (milk, two sugar, garçon), all in all my five-a-day sufficiently covered in a supremely rounded diet, I’m sure you’d agree.

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There’s a letter that’s been pilgrimaging around my house for the past fortnight now. It’s a fairly plain, unassuming, thinner-than-A5 letter, with one of those see-through plastic bits that lets everyone know that the ‘legal occupier’ ought very well to take a peek inside. You wouldn’t think to flip the envelope over without examining the thing, really, to subsequently notice the diagrammatic box on the back persuading you to ‘buy yours’ or ‘find information’ on TV licensing.

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At this point the news anchor changes her tone of voice, moving on from the report on Sino-Japanese relations resulting from the recently imposed Chinese Air Defence Identification Zone, and on to this apparently equal nugget of current affairs:

“A body was found earlier in Deansgate. Police are continuing the investigation and two people have been arrested in connection with the case.”

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While attempting to fall asleep, the tune of ‘Citizen’ by Broken Bells drifted into my head. I stuck it on the laptop, in a vague attempt to help me get to sleep, and it’s lyrics struck a chord (acceptable pun?)

“So, what’s it all about?” rang out the oh so deeply philosophical query, but despite my internal monologue cynical chuckle, I lay awake on my family’s cramped sofabed for the next twenty minutes wishing the mattress springs would piss off, and through the struggle began to feel a revised appreciation for the question.

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“In the blink of an eye,” says one as the BBC reviews tomorrow’s newspaper coverage of South Sudan’s decline into civil war; The Guardian, we’re told, goes to print on Christmas Eve with the title: “The state that fell apart in a week”.

It’s hardly surprising that our society suffer from such news tunnel vision and amnesia, when the news sources we trust most suffer from the same afflictions.

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