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  1. I always bought a serious broadsheet daily newspaper for the quality of the reporting and erudition of the feature writers, offering ongoing daily adult education. Sadly we’re a dying breed and so are those writers – and if we’re not buying the papers, the advertisers won’t pay for the pages. The only remaining reason to buy one is the maintained quality of the cryptic crosswords – that’s about half an hour’s amusement for £2.50, there are women round these parts cheaper than that (so I’m told).

    Once they move on-line, they discover the joy of click-bait as a means of separating the hard-of-thinking from their money, so the downward spiral accelerates to bait more of them, taking any remaining quality with it. After which, we too can only gather news at headline level, never getting the depth and analysis previously available. But as most of the news is so bad, maybe it helps our happiness index – every cloud, as they say.

  2. Like Archie Bunker, (All in the family), I get my news from the National Enquirer. The only newspaper in America you can trust anymore.

  3. I have an online subscription to the FT – the only paper I trust.

    I’m worried about Shannon being a target in a nuclear war. Munster are going well in the European Champions Cup and it would mess up the season if Limerick were to be irradiated.

  4. Share your bewilderment; I refer these days to the learned pages of The Daily Mash for in-depth analysis of world events. Headlines such as, “We read your meter then randomly pick a figure you can’t afford: How your energy bill is calculated”, “Boris must remain prime minister. If he doesn’t I’ve just married some dick”, and “Unimaginative man thinking of own girlfriend while having a wank” have served to widen my knowledge of current affairs. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

    • In turn, may I recommend Waterford Whispers? I find their articles very incisive and accurate.
      “Zuckerberg Retreats To Metaverse Amid $230bn Stock Plunge”
      “World Informed They Can Have Amazonian Rainforest Or Cheap Hamburgers, Not Both”
      “Frantic Search For Remote As TV Threatens Shut Down In 60 Seconds”

  5. Ah yes, the search for the remote.

    Spend 45 minutes tearing the place apart so you can change the channel. In the course of the search, you have passed by the TV five times not bothering to change the channel while there. “The damned thing came with a remote for good reason and I’m going to use it!”

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