Daily Mail

Am I a typical Mail reader? I don’t think so. So why do I buy the newspaper? I don’t! Well yes I do, but only on Saturdays.

I don’t buy it for the newspaper, neither for the magazine articles. But I do buy it for the Radio and Television pages. Running from Saturday to Friday, the first section has six full pages for each day’s television totalling 42 pages of television schedules. The second section has one page for each day of Radio Programs, totalling seven pages of radio schedules. Although we shun sky and cable, we are on free-to-air and do have a lot more channels. BBc3, BBC4, ITV2, ITV3 and Sky News (and quite a few more besides).

We prefer Sky News to the BBC and ITV renderings and it is interesting to see that Sky has won the “News Channel of the Year” award for three years running now. ITV3 has a lot of repeats such as Morse, Frost, Maigret and other gems of TV.

So how do I get my news? I watch Sky News every Lunchtime as I have said before, but for things that interest me on a long term basis, I use Google news searches which allows me to search on subjects as well as read the latest – but the minute news. The link is UK based but if you go to the site, you can find other news links to use for your country. In the morning I tend to listen to the news on the radio because, apart from feeling it is decadent to watch TV in the morning, radio news can follow me around my home as I get ready to face the day.

In addition to this there are Google Alerts. This takes Google News one step further. Enter a word or phrase of what you are looking for and every day and all day, Google will be searching the web for news on that subject. But be careful how you phrase your search, and sometimes you will need for than one entry. For example I search for “United Kingdom Independence Party” and “UKIP” and “UK Independence Party” just to find all news from the same subject.

If you buy a newspaper every day, it will cost around four pounds a week. In a calendar month that amounts to over £17. Now if you pop over to “Zen Internet” you will see that you could have broadband DSL at a similar price than your daily newspaper. They offer 250K/b which is five times faster than a modem, for £17.99 a calendar month. Although they have a one off activation charge of £57.50 they only lock you in for one month. Their reasoning is, if you are not happy, they would prefer you not to feel trapped into a lengly contract with them. These prices include VAT.

I am sure most readers already have broadband, but if you have a friend who is still on dialup, print this weblog out and hand it to them.

And, of course, the joys of being continually on line as opposed to waiting the the dialing tone, having the modem make contact with the ISP, waiting for the “handshaking” and then the slow transfer of information, cannot be adequately described, or explained.


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