Monday, June 21, 2010


To paraphrase every schoolkid who ever had to give a speech in primary school...

The Oxford English Dictionary defines news as:
2. The report or account of recent (esp. important or interesting) events or occurrences, brought or coming to one as new information; new occurrences as a subject of report or talk; tidings.
The New Zealand Herald defines Page 2 news as:

It is also widely known as Midwinter's Day, and from today, the days will begin to get longer and the nights shorter as summer draws closer.

There are 162 days until the first day of summer, on December 1.

Today, the sun will rise at 7.30am and set at 5.11pm - giving nine hours and 41 minutes of daylight.

Investigative journalism at its finest.


Sorry about the weak efforts at posting, by the way - the World Cup is really eating into my sleeping time, which means that sleeping eats into my work time, which means that work eats into my blogging time. So it goes.


  1. Much like the OMG It's Winter and It's Snowing!!11!! front pages in July and August.

    Did you notice the above the fold run-down today featured no actual real news? We had some of Dan Carter's clothing shops shutting, the possibility of 3D TV by the Rugby World Cup, something about Justin Bieber which you've already ridiculed today, and a sports story, iirc.

  2. I had an interesting time reading this post. I read the part under the image and—thinking it was you doing your subtle satire thing—I smiled in amusement. Then I noticed it was a block quote and frowned. Now I am confused because I'm not sure I believe that was actually printed in a newspaper.

  3. re: that block quote, it triggered an observation I made about a Herald article the other day, about Russell vs China. By the end of the article, it had lost any shred of narrative, degenerating instead into of a bunch of sentences that happened to be vaguely related to the headline.

    Probably I'm preaching to the choir; just it's the first time I've really noticed this phenomenon, but in retrospect (thinking back over the few Herald stories I've bothered to read) it seems pretty standard. Are Herald subeditors required to tweet in their final copy?