Thursday, March 17 2011
With seismic global events taking place (quite literally in the Far East) the local news agenda can sometimes appear, well, a little trivial to some. We, of course, would disagree. It can be an antidote to some of the grim headlines coming out of Far East and North Africa. And despite what some may believe, local newspapers are packed with good news stories, from heroic tales by ordinary people to fun community events. But, also, none of us are disconnected with huge events going on around the world. Such is the nature of our global village that the maxim of 'six degrees of separation' has never been more true. In some cases it's one degree. As in the case of Gravesham councillor Mike Wenban, whose son Michael lives in Tokyo with his Japanese wife and their children. Mike, who is deputy mayor, was quite sanguine about the situation when he popped into our Gravesend office this week. In fact he gave our news team a fascinating insight into Japanese culture and the way of life. It was clear from his impromptu 'workshop' why the word 'looting' has not appeared in any of the dispatches from Japan. Every massive story like this will have a local connection. We saw it in New Zealand recently with a local teacher caught up in the quake. I recall saying to our journalists after the tsumani that every sizeable community in the UK would have a link with that event. The same applied, to a degree, with 9-11 and 7-7.