Summer of Discontent

Phone hacking, Norway shootings, murderous polar bears, London riots, stock market jitters, US credit rating downgraded, Greece, Italy, Spain going belly up, famine in Somalia…

Every day seems to bring a new woe and each woe is quickly forgotten as it’s replaced by the next.

Fans hardly got the time to mourn Amy Winehouse before the new headlines claimed their attention elsewhere.

The world seems gripped by a chronic malaise, aggravated by addiction to disaster news and austerity measures everywhere.

Is there a way out? Should we junk our computers and tend our gardens instead? Were we happier when ignorance was the order of the day?

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