I returned to the gym this morning. It’s the first time since December 3 last year. Because of Paris, Bath, Florence and gout, I’ve been waiting. And this morning the wait was over. I reckon I might ache tomorrow.
One of the few things I dislike about the gym is how the TV upstairs is stuck on ITV. This means, when I use the lat pull down and the row machine, I am unwillingly subjected to the grinning ape that is Piers Morgan. That wouldn’t be quite so bad if it wasn’t for the continually running subtitles.
And this morning things were worse than normal on ITV.
Morgan has a problem with Meghan Markle. I don’t know what it is. Some people claim it’s because she turned him down. Others say it’s because he’s a racist. There is another group who claims he’s just a really, really unpleasant man who loves tapping phones.
Personally, I don’t care, I just wish I didn’t have to look at his face every morning.
Speaking of Meghan, most of the day she was the top of the news bulletins. Everywhere. I kept switching radio stations but to no avail.
The royal family means next to nothing to me. Historically it is all very interesting but in 2020 it’s merely a tourist attraction and a way to launch big ships. People want to hang onto it because it gives them a sense of belonging, I suppose. And identity? I don’t know.
What I do know is that all day today, the fact that Meghan Markle married Prince Harry was the most important news. It was more important than the unreleased Russian report, the uninvestigated Jennifer Arcuri allegations against the PM, a volcano in the Philippines, the continuing fires in Australia, riots in Iran, Trump acting like a crazy person and Storm Brendan hitting the UK.
And that’s just the bad news. What about the good news?
Like Patsy. She is a 6 year old working dog in Australia. She managed to herd 220 sheep to safety, saving them from an approaching bushfire. Meanwhile, while her owner used his tractor and a water pump to fend off the flames.
Or like 17 year old Aiden Jackson of Widnes, England. He’s a gamer who was happily playing away online with one of his digital chums in Texas when he suddenly had a seizure. His parents were watching TV downstairs, unaware of what was happening. His Texan friend, Dia, thought something was wrong and rang the emergency services explaining the situation. An ambulance turned up at Aiden’s house and helped him.
There’s plenty of news (happy or bad) that is way more interesting than family squabbles.
I can only assume that the print media was also all over Meghan and Harry but, given I haven’t read a national newspaper in many years, I wouldn’t know. Or care.