Remember when Morecambe and Wise were your Saturday night entertainment? Well of course you don’t because those guys have long since been replaced by the new source of entertainment – the internet.
And guess what? My local newspaper IS the internet. Yes indeed. My local newspaper’s website is the biggest English speaking title on Earth. It’s true, 300m visitors a month give or take a few million.
Life is one world and yet life seen by the Daily Mail is quite another. They really should re-launch themselves as the Kardashian Times.
I mean seriously, look at their coverage of show business. The Reality TV Awards? Kim Kardashian’s backside? Beauty and charisma with no more entertainment value than a fillet-o-fish. Feckless and fishy follies indeed.
We can thank the rise and fall of show business reportage to Lord Leverson and the dreaded reputation lawyer. Between them they have created a mortal fear that stretches from Fleet Street and way beyond. Indeed, when it comes to ‘reportage de ragots’ the fear of legal action knows no bounds. I don’t think there’s an editor alive today who’s brave enough to say boo to a goose let alone expose that fat little singer from Brighton as a…… never mind.
So. Rest in Peace show business, 3AM, Kevin O’Sullivan, Page 3 and all. It’s been fun, I’ll miss you.
(And yes, I hate myself for typing that last paragraph.)
Which this brings me nicely round to our programming notice. As many of you are aware I’ve been spending more and more of my time with my friend ArtPopper, the online art gallery.
Such is the nature of the beast I’ll be spending even more of my time with him over the coming weeks as I brush his teeth, comb his hair and generally making his ugly ass presentable to investors. That’s if I don’t get arrested and charged with disturbing the peace for trying to reproduce a Monet on a cushion of course.
So what I’m trying to say is that I’ll be throwing up less posts than usual here on NMi. Things will go back to normal eventually as writing is my true love.
So for now, I’ll leave you with Morecambe and Wise…. Bring Me Sunshine….