|It's a Google Robot Dog|
When I look at some of the chaos and destruction the storms have wreaked elsewhere in the country, it places my own experience in perspective. I'm a firm believer in the notion that we are best measured by how we respond to sudden adversity. For so many people, this Christmas will be fixed in their memories for yeas; one of my pilot friends only had his power back yesterday afternoon, after four days without electricity and two small children waiting for Santa.
The papers are desperate to have aerial photos of the small inland sea that was once called Surrey but as you can imagine, with my own aircraft looking very much worse for wear, I'm a bit stuck. Having built-up a reputation among the picture desks of being able to get the job done and delivered in all weathers, this particular Atlantic storm has defeated me in more ways than one.
This morning, I'm waiting for the arrival of the information 'Super Highway' as opposed to the 'Information Highway.' A BT engineer is scheduled to connect me to their 'Infinity' service, now available from the Westgate exchange and delivering up to 60Mb; which is nice. It's over two years since I pleaded with the MD of BT in Parliament's Committee Room 20, to make Thanet one of it's pilot locations for the service and quite honestly, nobody was more surprised than me, when they announced that Westgate was going to be one of the first; totally unexpected.
|Pictured for Sale Today SE5A - I'm Tempted|
I should really try and sit down to make some predictions for 2014 but I expect most if not all of them are rather predictable, at least here in Thanet. What I do expect however, is that the Internet and particularly Twitter, will become increasingly important as a local news source, as the printed reach of the local papers continues to decline. This is both good and bad news, if only because of something called 'affirmative bias,' in that people invariably select, read and believe what fits in with their own prejudices and beliefs rather than that which contradicts them. Increasingly, the Internet is becoming a place where the truth, whatever that might be at any moment in time, is increasingly had to find or even recognise when you see it. That unfortunately is most true of our local online news, with so many conflicting agendas, than possibly at any time in the past.