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Friday June 23 2006

Busy time for me.  Out doing things.  And, in passing, snapping things, like this, in Hackney this afternoon:

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The trouble with the bloody Big Media is that they make such a fuss about nothing with things like this that if anyone half sensible really did, seriously, any day now, fear a Doomsday Scenario, this headline wouldn’t tell you.  When I saw it, I laughed out loud, and snapped the thing purely for comedy purposes.  I just assumed - and still assume - that it was nothing but some ludicrously over-exaggerated bending out of shape of routine medical caution.  It simply never occurred to me that this could be real Bad News.  Regular life will go on regardless, and under elevens will be able to enjoy their free tube travel unimpeded by doom of any sort.

And these wankers complain about blogs getting facts wrong.  They rape the facts so routinely with these kinds of headlines that they no longer register that they are doing it.  They put crap like this in a different part of their brains, so to speak, to the bit where they moan about lies on the internet.

The other thing I really enjoyed today was a glorious refereeing cock-up this evening in the Croatia Australia football game on the telly thie evening.  British referees are famed, at any rate in Britain, for being omniscient and infallible.  Nevertheless, a British referee gave a rather bad-tempered Croat bloke no less than three yellow cards before finally sending him off with a red.  Two is the preferred sufficient amount of yellowness to get you sent off, but my fallible compatriot forgot, when he gave said Croat his second yellow that it was his second.

You can tell that the World Cup is coming nicely to the boil.  Referees are making serious cock-ups.

As are goalies.  Both the Aussie goalie and the Japanese goalie, playing against Brazil, let in howlers this evening, poor fellows.

But a cock-up is one thing.  The habit of falsification, so ingrained that the perpetrators of it would be amazed to be accused of it even as they know that falsification is what they are quite deliberately doing, is something else again.  I feel sorry for those goalies, and even for that referee, perhaps even especially for him, because he is never going to be allowed to forget this.  But I feel no sympathy whatsoever for the people who invent these scare headlines, and then wonder why nobody trusts them and why more and more of us now prefer to get our overwrought nonsense for free on the Internet.  That referee is going to apologise, very soon, very publicly.  Those goalies are probably being publicly distraught even as I polish this.  But there will be no apology for that idiot headline, and nobody will even think of asking for one.  Crap in newspapers?  And you are getting in a stew about that, Brian?

Well, yes, I find that I am getting in a stew.  Sometimes reporting is the art of registering real disgust at the routinely disgusting.