I love it when TV and radio presenters lose their veneer of composure and it’s so much more fun when it comes from someone who is trying to be ultra serious. This radio clip is a little gem, particularly because it comes from a slightly ‘plummy’ and otherwise very sensible sounding BBC radio newsreader. Laughter is indeed infectious.
It’s amazing how with the death of Michael Jackson time seems to have stopped. People have stopped starving to death in Africa, there are no wars, no threats to world peace, no environmental disasters, no companies announcing mass redundancies, entire nations are no longer financially crippled and global warming is no longer a threat to the future of our planet. Phew. Thank goodness for that then.
As my husband said this morning whilst watching Sky News:
‘We’ve had fifteen minutes of Michael Jackson, 15 seconds of British detainees being released in Iran, 10 seconds on the policing of the G20 summit and 5 minutes of Wimbledon.’
It’s good to know we have our priorities right.
I can’t say that I can identify with all of this poem but much of what Benjamin Zephaniah writes here rings more than a bell with me. He certainly touches on loads of subjects that regularly crop up in family discussions in this house, sums up much of what I see is wrong with modern society and I love the whole concept of how we are so influenced, and indeed led by the media that we are fed. I often think that I’ve been listening for too long to the ‘rong radio station’.
This is a wonderful piece of writing and I wish I had just a teeny tiny piece of this kind of talent.