I find it all, well, just too depressing...

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  • Bygone_TonesBygone_Tones Frets: 1195
    edited January 11
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?


    Music works for me. Have a lie down and slap some headphones on, get absorbed in the music.

    ...and it prevents you from going out to buy more plastic.

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  • Moe_ZambeekMoe_Zambeek Frets: 2193
    edited January 11

    I've given up on the Today program and Eddie Mair to avoid the doom and gloom too, at least for January. A bit of Bon era AC/DC helped. 

    I actually put the new Nick Cave album on tonight - but then nearly threw it out the window it's so depressing. 
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8606

    I actually put the new Nick Cave album on tonight - but then nearly threw it out the window it's so depressing. 
    Try Leonard Cohen. You're never alone with a razor blade on your wrist.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 5503

    There's a mantra that the media use which goes along the lines of,

    'If it bleeds, it leads'

    Not sure it says more about them,or us,the consumers.


    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • TeetonetalTeetonetal Frets: 5730
    I think your own personality and view point acts as a filter on how you see the world.

    Bad shit has always happend, it's always happening and it will keep happening. But for balance just don't forget all the amazing things and developments that happen too. In fact actively seek it out. Bad news is delivered, good news is discovered.
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  • quarkyquarky Frets: 2190
    edited January 12
    Has any average person ever suffered from not keeping up with world events? Those things will either affect you, or they won't. Either way, there is remarkably little you can do to mitigate anything good or bad.

    You need to know something about what is going on, and may need to stay current in specific areas (such as tech for me), but seriously, what do you actually lose by not keeping up with the constant negativity stream that is news? If "not a lot", why bother keeping up with it?
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  • RavenousRavenous Frets: 1443
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work...

    What we need is some sort of musical instrument or sequencer that you can compose simple tunes or basslines on hands-free.  Voice commands or steering wheel buttons or something.

    Something for the Making & Modding forum I think...

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  • I think I had a bit of an epiphany when I got offered redundancy this time last year, for the 2nd time in my working life. I took an alternative position in the same company for the same money which is very very good but had a whole "unplugging from the Matrix" moment and haven't been able or wanted to plug back in. I hate the corporate rat race bullshit and feel like a complete imposter at work going through the motions just slaving away tolerating swathes of bullshit, working to line the pockets of the board of Directors and shareholders. Other Managers around me are still devoted to furthering their careers and I have to fake a generous level of enthusiasm just to not stand out and so keep that income rolling in...

    I just don't see the world around me in the same way now...

    I have a dream, a plan to escape from it, building an income stream from other more interesting activities, to get the mortgage paid, get debt free, and replace the slave wage income, but it's going to take some time if by some miracle I am actually successful at all.
    Welcome :-)
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  • BigBearKrisBigBearKris Frets: 1042
    U ok hun?
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2262
    quarky said:
    Has any average person ever suffered from not keeping up with world events? Those things will either affect you, or they won't. Either way, there is remarkably little you can do to mitigate anything good or bad.

    You need to know something about what is going on, and may need to stay current in specific areas (such as tech for me), but seriously, what do you actually lose by not keeping up with the constant negativity stream that is news? If "not a lot", why bother keeping up with it?
    A lot of wisdom here.

    @Randellflagg

    Our manufacturing business takes a full two weeks shutdown at Christmas. I took the opportunity to not keep up with world events, I avoided news and most mainstream TV and switched off. Life continued and I returned to the fray just this Monday. It seems a long time since that break already.

    I like you consider life outside of work to be important and have short, medium and long term goals (which can get modified to suit). Retirement is now looming and those years of grind have paid off and I managed to stay sane (I have witnesses OK).

    Further income streams are a good idea, but so is quality of life, there is always the option of moving to a cheaper area to have peace/wildlife/homesteading/whatever and that might be Wales/Portugal/Bulgaria... at the cost of being near family and friends or your band/social life and the area you grew up.

    But you do have choices at the moment so don't forget that. Decide what you really really want and then make plans to achieve that, you can modify the plans along the way (as can events) but you will be able to assert control.
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  • chillidoggychillidoggy Frets: 12084
    Sorry, if I’m a bit late to the party, but has RandallFlagg finally been sectioned yet? If not, can someone let him know he just needs to man the fuck up?

    Thanks.


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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5385
    I'm sat in a lay-by with a bottle of gin and a razor blade...










    ...I'll all fresh faced and smooth after a good shave but the gin does sting a bit as aftershave. I like to splash it all over to feign alcoholism.

    I'm a lot happier today, only read one story and that about Trump calling some countries shitholes, which made me laugh.

    Oh and it was suggested I am selfish on the L6 thread on here which made me smile. 


    Michael Fish is God
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  • chillidoggychillidoggy Frets: 12084
    Yeah, I confess I laughed like fuck about the Trump story too, but then I also think it's hilarious he got elected in the first place.

    Does that make me a bad person?


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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 261
    you know what your problem is?  You're going Nowhere! Sort your "Location" out and all will be fine
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 988
    edited January 12
    I'm sat in a lay-by with a slide bottle of gin and a razor Levison blade... 


    ... whilst waiting for my mate to arrive with the amp.... 
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5385
    you know what your problem is?  You're going Nowhere! Sort your "Location" out and all will be fine
    do you want to stalk me? you pervert
    Michael Fish is God
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2640
    you know what your problem is?  You're going Nowhere! Sort your "Location" out and all will be fine
    Wat?
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18147
    edited January 12
    I'm sat in a lay-by with a bottle of gin and a razor blade...

    “I sat” or “I am sitting”....

    FFS....
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5385
    I'm sat in a lay-by with a bottle of gin and a razor blade...

    “I’m sitting” or “I was sat”....

    FFS....
    Sorry I had the gin and razor blade but forgot my Oxford English Grammar book. Silly me.
    Michael Fish is God
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 869
    I listened to my car radio yesterday and got adverts and rubbish music.

    So I switched off.

    On the Trump latest thing, according to the BBC: Botswana summoned the US ambassador and asked the envoy "to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a 'shithole' country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US".

    Thay brought a wry smile...

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  • PC_DavePC_Dave Frets: 1269
    edited January 13


    Oh and it was suggested I am selfish on the L6 thread on here which made me smile. 


    Link to the thread please. I’m far too lazy to search for it but I want to see that. 

    Edit - found it and it’s incredibly underwhelming.
    This week's procrastination forum might be moved to sometime next week.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 261
    you know what your problem is?  You're going Nowhere! Sort your "Location" out and all will be fine
    do you want to stalk me? you pervert
    You really do need to tune into a different station  :#
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  • Yeah, I confess I laughed like fuck about the Trump story too, but then I also think it's hilarious he got elected in the first place.

    Does that make me a bad person?
    Yes, a very very bad person....
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1623
    This thread has very much cheered me up. Thank you.
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3280
    edited January 13
    R4 news is gloomy, and full of cynicism masquerading as journalism. DAB radio is ace for the commute. Absolute Classic Rock, Planet Rock, Jazz FM, Classic FM, R5 Live, R6, as mood dictates.

    Humphrys is a cynical self-important knobber well past his use by date, quite like Eddie Mayer's jollity tbh
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 15791
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

    With respect, whilst things like Grenfell Tower were tragic and appalling the rest is pretty tame in comparison to the world 40-50 years ago. Brexit will be sorted (looks like we're going to get a new soft membership package), Trump will be gone, N. Korea is told what to do by China which needs the west to keep it's economy growing.

    I started listening to R4 back in the 1960s (my dad would have it on over breakfast). You want depressing try:
    • Vietnam war
    • Nigerian Civil War and Biafran famine
    • Rhodesian Bush War - the atrocities would make your stomach turn
    • Famine in Africa - it still happens but doesn't get reported
    • The troubles in N Ireland and bombs on mainland Britain
    • Oil crisis - petrol rocketed in price and was unavailable
    • Threat of nuclear annihilation in the Cold War
    • SS Torrey Canyon oil spill off Cornwall
    • Three day week and endless strikes
    • Inflation - up from 10.2 per cent in 1973 to 24.6 per cent in 1975
    • Over 3 million unemployed in the 1970s to 1980s
    • Interest rates rocketing - people losing their homes
    • Bhopal disaster
    • Falklands war
    • First Iraq war
    • Useless England football team
    • Etc ...
    I think things are actually better these days .. if it stresses you out switch to R2 ... ;-)



    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • Fretwired said:
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

    With respect, whilst things like Grenfell Tower were tragic and appalling the rest is pretty tame in comparison to the world 40-50 years ago. Brexit will be sorted (looks like we're going to get a new soft membership package), Trump will be gone, N. Korea is told what to do by China which needs the west to keep it's economy growing.

    I started listening to R4 back in the 1960s (my dad would have it on over breakfast). You want depressing try:
    • Vietnam war
    • Nigerian Civil War and Biafran famine
    • Rhodesian Bush War - the atrocities would make your stomach turn
    • Famine in Africa - it still happens but doesn't get reported
    • The troubles in N Ireland and bombs on mainland Britain
    • Oil crisis - petrol rocketed in price and was unavailable
    • Threat of nuclear annihilation in the Cold War
    • SS Torrey Canyon oil spill off Cornwall
    • Three day week and endless strikes
    • Inflation - up from 10.2 per cent in 1973 to 24.6 per cent in 1975
    • Over 3 million unemployed in the 1970s to 1980s
    • Interest rates rocketing - people losing their homes
    • Bhopal disaster
    • Falklands war
    • First Iraq war
    • Useless England football team
    • Etc ...
    I think things are actually better these days .. if it stresses you out switch to R2 ... ;-)



    but then you might stumble on the Steve Wright Show, which would probably induce immediate suicidal thoughts.
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  • AliGorieAliGorie Frets: 286
    forgot to say - as you may know musically I prefer 'trad' Scots / Irish variety mostly and because of this I have listened to Irish radio for decades - not only does it have better assortment of music programing but they're 'news' / current affairs programs are in general excellent -
    viz -
    "Just returned home after 6 days in R of Ireland where I enjoyed informative newspapers, and excellent upbeat news, education and entertainment from RTE radio and TV. Then home to @BBCRadioScot greeting on about NHS/SNPbad. I’m going to emigrate if #indy doesn’t come soon."
    tweet here -
    https://twitter.com/IanGrant_edwest/status/946336849219473408

    try it -
    http://www.rte.ie/radio/



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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1038
    Jalapeno said:
    R4 news is gloomy, and full of cynicism masquerading as journalism. DAB radio is ace for the commute. Absolute Classic Rock, Planet Rock, Jazz FM, Classic FM, R5 Live, R6, as mood dictates.

    Humphrys is a cynical self-important knobber well past his use by date, quite like Eddie Mayer's jollity tbh
    I haven't heard the term 'knobber' since the mid-eighties when a preference for 'knobhead' and the now illegal 'spazzer' took over.

    Great insult well done.
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  • CabbageCatCabbageCat Frets: 5537

    There are seven billion people in the world. At any one time there is going to be something dreadful happening to some of them. There is also an immense amount of genuine joy happening to some of them. It's up to all of us to decide whether to focus on the good, the bad, or a vaguely proportionate balance of the two. Of course, "the bad" is easier since that's what the noisy, newsy types like to keen about but it's not so much easier that it's unrealistic to pick one of the other options.

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