Total dependence on a global source of information (Internet) is often taken for granted and we felt the full force of a lack of up to date information blackout this weekend with the loss of the Internet.
For example, no accurate weather forecasting.
As a result, we missed the warnings of the storm on the Internet weather radar and that sent me scrabbling about doubling up on the mooring lines. Something which we knew how to do, we’re equipped to do, yet always did BEFORE THE EVENT.
No news about current events.
A tough one this was. Dusting down our transistor radio, we listened to the UK government’s sanitized BBC news broadcasts. YET AGAIN after listening to the Midnight news on Saturday night, NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED during the rest of the day. One copy of the news covering the whole day. What use is that to us let lone anyone else?
As for the newspapers.
When in supermarkets we often flick through the papers. Only this time it was hammered home to us just how blinkered, censored, and lacking in USEFUL NEWS they were.
That and some of the news items were even less up to date than the BBC radio reporting was.
After all do I really care about what the lying politicians are promising in the hope of being re-elected? Does pictures of UKIP’s Farage chugging yet another beer down fill me with confidence about him being in power? That would be a resounding NO!
Hows about “The EU is tottering on the brink of economic collapse including the almighty German industrial machine”. Yeah right, their money printing presses are already rolling to take care of that one.
I did find a couple of interesting things.
Apparently there is something called Ebola which is causing MASSIVE delays to incoming flights round the world as people are being questioned at length when they idiotically fill in their forms incorrectly i.e. by telling the truth.
Much more of that and they’ll do what they always do, quietly drop the proposed requirements and hope the press don’t find out.
UK people have been going to the streets to protest about low wages.
About time too yet nothing will come of 4 hour protests.
4 weeks and the government would do something about it,
4 months and the country would be on its knees and the politicians would be BEGGING for a solution, BUT 4 HOURS, what’s that?
3 large cups of Costa coffee and a couple of cigarettes I’m thinking.
REALLY EFFECTIVE (NOT).
I did however read an article about how UK workers are now the 3rd worse paid in Europe regarding hourly rates. Just in front of Romania and Bulgaria. Not surprising to me with people holding down 3 to 4 part-time jobs just to survive in our wonderful country.
We also had no means of long-range communications through email or Skype.
You could argue we had our mobile phone so we weren’t out of contact in the truest sense.
We could have texted others. 200 characters a time in order to have a chat.
Likely? No, just a quick text to say we are out of service for the foreseeable future.
We keep the phone for dire emergencies anyway and our phone book only has a few critical numbers in it anyway. Doctor, dentist, vet, and a couple of close friends.
Enter the debate about Amateur radio I suppose.
Yeah, yeah, except none of our friends are interested in the expense or even interested enough to do the course. I don’t blame them either when often all you hear on the HF amateur bands are complete dribbling idiots muttering about QSL, power, and what flavour of aerial they are trying out today.
The art of conversation has taken a nose dive on the amateur radio bands and you will actually have more fun on the pirate bands than CQ CQ CQ This is XYZ calling on 2 meters, is there anyone out there? (or “K” please).
One word “Yawn”. Go onto free band frequencies and boy can you have FUN!
So Monday dawns and we’ll once more turn the PC’s on to see if the Internet is running again.
If it is, here is today’s Word Press post. Written Sunday, after listening to the BBC news, and wringing out my jumper when me and the dog got soaked!