Further reflection on the character of news

With all respect to the fine news in the previous post, I am reminded of the observation by Ogden Nash, in "Everybody Tells Me Everything":
I find it very difficult to enthuse
Over the current news.
Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens,
And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.

Feel-good news item of the day

I cannot say whether it is the nature of events or just a morbid cast of mind, but regular readers of this site may be forgiven for having the impression that there is a heavy emphasis on scary, nasty and depressing items from the Balkans here. Not today: the news is that the coffee in Serbia is excellent. I am happy to confirm the findings.


African paprikaš

I think that Tim Judah is offering a reflection on the various dustups around Eurovision. With input from Aleksandar Tijanić?

Update: Ah, but never mind those down-island papers. Here is Zoran Radosavljević in The Scotsman.

Vitally important update: Alex Chilton at Dom Omladine on Thursday. Budite tamo gdje staje njegova štikla (baj di vej, in that link to the show announcement, which is from Yellow Cab, is anyone else taken aback by the writer's inconsistency in turning English-language spellings into the genitive case? I say "Tav Falco-a" is fine, as is "Tav Falka," but "Tav Falca" is just a mess. Or is it just me?).