I got my first paper round when I was about 13 years old. Every weekday and Saturday morning I bicycled to the newsagents in the shopping precinct and picked up that morning’s papers that some kid who got up even earlier than me had sorted into the correct order for my round. A few of the folks on my round got The Sun and my co-workers and I would occasionally check out page 3, but not very often. We had places to go, papers to deliver, then breakfast and school.
Archive for the ‘Current Affairs’ Category
In the wake of reports that the News of the World — Britain’s “biggest-selling” newspaper — is finally shutting up shop this weekend after 168 years in business, it seems only right to feature this song (below). Released in 1978, News of the World, the song, reached number 27 in the UK singles chart. It’s what I hear in my head when anybody mentions the newspaper it’s critiquing, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Not just a rocking tune, but some sage 1970s wisdom regarding tabloid journalism too. And a video filmed at Battersea Power Station.