Thanks to all of you who kept the global conversation going over the weekend with Ros moderating from his trawler off the Cornish coast. Technology’s a great thing isn’t it ?
Hard to move away from the arresting images of the Olympic torch making it’s journey across London yesterday. It reminded one texter to 5 Live of “It’s a Knockout” and it was difficult to know, watching it, whether it was a brilliant exercise in freedom of speech, or a daft farce (as opposed to a sensible farce, obviously).
I’d be interested to know what you thought of it all. Opinions here varied from anger at what some saw as heavy-handed policing (people had t shirts confiscated apparently) , to questions about who exactly who was responsible for the “torch attendants” in their blue tracksuits and outrage that anyone would try to disrupt ex Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq (no?- just me then).
As for the wider issues to do with China (regularly discussed on WHYS- and yes, i’m sorry if some of you don’t like it but i’ll continue to seek pro-Chinese views. It’s called “balance”), here’s Johann Harri in today’s Independent with a plan. It’s the most-read column on the site. Worth a try ? This article in the Irish Independent suggests targetting one concession – talking to the Dalai Lama- as a way forward. Your suggestions are of course what i’m asking for now.
I went to a seminar at the BBC on Friday – bear with me, there is a point to this – about the way we cover business stories. It was hosted by BBC Breakfast’s estimable Declan Curry (a former colleague of mine at 5 Live) and at the end he put forward six story themes that he thought would dominate business news across the globe. he pointed out that other business experts may venture another 6 but one of Declan’s was a simple question “do we have enough food ? “.
It’s an issue we’ve raised a few times on this blog ,but in the light of his comments i was drawn to this article in the Observer newspaper this weekend. The headline “Food Riots Fear After Rice Price Hits a High” in a sober paper like that one got me thinking. Our sister programme Africa Have Your Say is discussing this later in the week, and this piece appeared on the BBC website just this morning, but is it worrying you ?.