As a person born in the seventies, I grew up with the Cold War still being a big thing. Nuclear war was the monster under our beds, the subject of terrifying and heartbreaking cartoons, and probably most people’s biggest fear. What would you do with your 4 minutes? Boil an egg? You wouldn’t have time to eat it, plus I like mine with a fairly solid yolk, so I would need 5. If they could please change it to an 8 minute warning I might just about have time to boil an egg to my preferred consistency and eat it. Not sure why egg eating was so important, maybe eggs have secret powers to protect you?!
I can’t be the only one of my generation who finds the sudden real possibility of war with Russia a bit unsettling? Wouldn’t be the first time huge wars had broken out over the annexing of countries, but I hope that this time talking is the key to a peaceful resolution.
Having said that, I haven’t really a clue about what is going on, because instead the news wants to wave shiny things in front of my face to distract me. Literally. Shiny dresses, shiny faces, and shiny gold statues called Oscar. obviously this is REALLY important stuff. Plus there are some pretty cool selfies of very famous people too, proving that they are just like us……or something.
And that isn’t the only Oscar they are talking about either. I feel very uncomfortable about the circus surrounding court cases involving famous people. I am not sure I agree it should all be televised. It isn’t a juicy plot line from a soap opera, it is real life. A woman died, and whatever the circumstances of her death turn out to be, it is tragic and not for our entertainment. I hope that the excitement surrounding the case doesn’t prevent an honest outcome, and some sort of closure for Reeva Steenkamp’s family. I don’t know if he is guilty of murder or played an unintentional role in a terrible tragedy, but I do know I feel uncomfortable with the world speculating on it, and especially with certain businesses turning the death of a human being into an advertising opportunity. Yes, Paddy Power, I am looking at you.
Anyway, I thought I would spend today updating my nuclear bunker/under the stairs cupboard just in case. Better buy some beans and water and that. And a radiation suit. Or maybe just stock up on some eggs….