Machines – an astonishing documentary

This astonishing documentary about life in an Indian textile factory is available once again on the BBC iPlayer, but only until Tuesday (now expired): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09g8cc9/machines
At the very least, these workers deserve 65 minutes of your time.

Capture“A mesmerising and unflinching look behind the doors of a textile factory in India, as director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers and the oppressive environment they seldom escape from. Machines tells a story of the human cost of mass production in a globalised world, showing the gulf between rich and poor from both perspectives.”

The reluctant voter

I had zero enthusiasm for voting for any of the parties in the local elections, but it was a nice evening and I cast my three votes for the least-worst party (Lib Dems). If there had been Green candidates my votes would have gone to them.

Where I get the news

First port of call for finding out if the world is about to end is the BBC website. After that I check out the Guardian, sometimes the Telegraph, sometimes Sky News. I also pop into Mail Online for a laugh. The New York Times and Washington Post web sites are great sources for finding out what the clown has been up to and to read the articles shredding him to pieces.

I buy the i newspaper daily because its subscription is incredibly cheap. I used to get the Guardian occasionally until it became expensive. The Times is an occasional treat and has become the choice on Saturdays. (The big crossword is challenging but enjoyable)

When I wake in the morning I listen to BBC Radio’s Today programme usually to discover that I read about today’s news, yesterday. It’s usually possible to listen for about an hour, before repetition kicks in or because of some intensely annoying item or interviewee.

In the evening the Channel 4 news is always dependable and good on analysis, and the ITV News can be fun when Tom Bradby is the presenter. BBC Newsnight is required viewing for its varied, though variable, output.

I never knock the BBC because it would be the end of civilisation if it were to disappear, and I never get worked up about things I can do nothing about.