SO THERE I WAS, having a quiet drink in my local, The Kite in Oxford, with my friends, and I go go out for a tab, and a The Currant Bun journo with a lass from the Oxford Mail – always late, see earlier stories on this bog – asks if I have a light. Of course, I oblige, being a member of the Corpse Diplomatique.
I manage to wind up Sun journalist Nick Ives, I think about the Sun, it being the dark daze before Christmas. It wasn’t hard. He responded. In volume. He says he is listening but no, he is shouting. He used to work for the benighted Oxford Mail – and now the competitor of Badger News – and knows all about online journalism. He seems to have little sense of humour.
He gets awfully shouty. So shouty that he could probably wake up the dead, and the children behind him close to the river in Mill Street.
Especially the zombies in Fleet Street. He maintains that Rupert Murdoch did the right thing by shutting down the News of the Screws. It was an ethical decision, said Nick. Nick said Murdoch knows all about online. Yeah, talk me myspace, Nick :)
He says Rupert Murdoch is an ethical proprietor and has done everything in his power to comply with the law. What a wapping lie. Sorry about the speeling, Nick :) .♦
THEY SHOULD SHUT it every week was the verdict in Oxford, cultural world centre and home to the Screaming Squires, today.
We conducted a straw poll of newsagents in Oxford and came up with very surprising results. One newsagent told Volesoft that its copies of the News of the World had sold out by 10:30AM, Sunday. We asked him if that had been followed by rapid sales of The People – the competition to the News of the World. “No,” he said.
In a more literary part of Oxford we asked the same question. The newsagent said: “You can’t get it for love or money”. All rather surprising, because News International doubled the print run last night in anticipation of the News of the Screws final edition becoming a collector’s item.
“We’re looking forward to other revelations from other newspapers using similar methods,” another newsagent said. “Before we know where we are, we’ll find ourselves selling milk to students and no magazines whatever.”
And there’s another thing. The imaginary Inspector Morse, created by Colin Dexter, also read his copies of the NOTW surreptitiously, in case his local newsagent thought the worse of him for not reading the “quality newspapers”. ♥
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