Typeface junkie

‘London is choking on its excess traffic!’, I silently grumbled as I threw an weary glance towards a row of stationary tail lamps which stretched out as far as my eyes could follow. I was on the upper deck of a No.38 bus, heading down Shaftesbury Avenue.

The midday traffic was excruciatingly slow…

Like everyone else, I hated being stuck in the traffic. But this temporary imprisonment gave me ample time to stick my nose into a daily feed from The New York Times which I took out the subscription recently.

Before the paper decided to stop free downloading of its contents, I was their avid reader. I used to love the quality of their articles even though the topics were more focused on news and issues about New York City and the American politics.

My habit of reading the paper carried on even during I visited my mum in Japan. Then, her place didn’t have WiFi and I had to visit a local Starbucks everyday and downloaded a precious copy so I could read it at home.

I was very disappointed when the paper announced that they would start charging for their daily download from the spring of 2011. Of course, no one stopped me from becoming a paid reader, but I thought at the time that paying £10 per a month for a foreign newspaper was a bit silly.

Now, I have a renewed interest in the American politics, thanks to that Emperor Small Hands. ‘What has he done now?’, gleefully checking the app while still being buried under a warm duvet has become my favourite morning ritual.

Oh dear, that man-baby wants a “very huge” military parade this time?, Hubbie and I looked at each other and shook our heads when we learnt his latest antics from Channel 4 news this evening. Well, I can hardly wait to read about it in detail tomorrow morning…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

The Post

On Saturday, Hubbie and I watched a film, The Post at Barbican Centre.


And the first thing I did as soon as I got home was to take out a subscription to The New York Times.

Why do I pay for a paper, especially a foreign one?

The film was about the Nixon Administration and the Vietnam War, but it also reminded me about the present Trump Administration.

Nowadays, we are awash with information of all sorts from multiple sources and the majority of those materials are free. Most of us, including me, find them handy and feel benefitted by the “freebies”.

However, is it really healthy to expect everything to be free? Especially news? The film has started me thinking.

Is it because so-called news are broadcasted or fed through Twitter or Instagram immediately, they are more valuable? Is it because they are unchecked and raw, they are honest?

The relationship between the media and its audience is changing.

While the speed of the news reaching us is shortened dramatically, thanks to the internet, the quality of the news can not be acclaim the same because there is never enough time for the materials to be scrutinised deeply.

Some bits and bobs floating in he media are light-weight and can be passed over our heads without too much fuss. But some issues are not to be dismissed or fobbed off too easily.

That is why we do need investigative journalism.

By subscribing to The New York Times, I am supporting freedom of speech and independent press.

“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a famous saying by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and I always support those warriors with pens who fight against tyrants!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

“Covfefe”@Angel Passage

Is he trying to make history? By inventing a new word? Or a chubby index finger of his baby fist simply mistyped?

Hi, Mr.Covfefe!

It was rather fitting to find that fake-tanned face amongst a jumble of vintage clutter. I wish if I had my own Room 101 and put him in there forever for good…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Resignation & resolution 

Emperor Baby Fist must be loving all the attention he is being showered from all over the world, I thought scornfully.

I imagine it doesn’t matter to that man-baby if the attention he receives is a positive one or the opposite. As long as he is the centre of it, he loves it all the same. Annoyingly, I ended up watching a summary of the inauguration on Channel 4 news last night. I really didn’t want to but it was almost impossible to avoid a glimpse of that self-tanned face because the ceremony was front-page news. I guess I will have to grit my teeth and face the reality since the unthinkable has happened and nothing can change it for sometimes. Why should I stop watching TV just in case Emperor Baby Fist appears on the screen, wagging his (short) finger? I can’t always avoid unpleasantness and indeed I shouldn’t. I should confront it and rise above it. That is what I am going to do.

Yes, Bella. I give you a permission to rip him apart…

Also, I have “Liked” all the Facebook pages which are lambasting and ridiculing Emperor Baby Fist. Ha!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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