I have come to the conclusion that I am addicted. And it's a bad habit that is detrimental to my health so I am going to try and stop it.
When I was in Spain I really missed the BBC News. The Japan earthquake had just happened and I was really anxious to see all the gory pictures and film of the devastation (of course that's horrid but I was fascinated by it, c'mon admit it, everyone was glued to the footage when it was shown). My daughter and son-in-law do not have UK tv - a personal choice - they listen to Radio 4 and watch the Spanish news.
I made up my mind that when we go to Portugal we really must must must have UK tv and it is easily done. But now that I am home I have changed my mind. Over the last couple of years I have made a point of learning how to make all of our favourite British foods (things like Branston Pickle, Cheddar Cheese, Baked beans in tomato sauce etc...) so that when we actually live overseas we will not miss very much about our UK lifestyle at all.
I had thought that the BBC was a non negotiable part of my life that would simply come with us. Recently I have changed my mind because I am fed up of all the bad news. This time last year I was in the middle of quite a lot of family stress and I was wishing I could start the year over. This year, all of my family are well and happy and I should be too, but here I am wishing I could start the year over because of all the terrible things that are happening in the world being thrust in my face daily (hourly) by tv and radio. I don't want to be an ostrich and bury my head in the sand but I also do not want this awful 'edgy, stressful, worrisome' feeling that is becoming the constant backdrop to my life.
Read this post by Cyberkim and you will see that I am not alone in decrying the sensationalism that seems to have become the norm. There is an antidote for news addiction by browsing The Onion News which I must admit I have found to be an enormous help for short periods of time, but ultimateldy the unease returns and I think I will just have to go cold turkey for a while. So for now, I am off to the allotment where the news is mostly about how quick the weeds have sprung up this year... that kind of news I can cope with.