A Whaleoil reader shares his Christmas story
I got given a book for Christmas. As I was un-wrapping it & realised it was a book I was quite horrified. It was a big thick book about some dead black guy. âWhat the hell am I going to do with this?â was my immediate reaction.
Itâs not that I donât read. In fact I am an avid reader often reading both a fiction & non-fiction book at the same time. I often read first thing in the morning & for short periods during the day. I read more now than I did 5 years ago, because now I have a Kindle. The Kindle lets me flick between books & magazines. The Kindle has changed my reading behaviour.
One of the times of year I read the most is over Christmas / New Year when normally I am camping at the beach without the distraction of the internet. During these camping holidays I would take a half hour stroll to the local store to buy the Herald. That was the only time in the year I bought the paper. 10 years ago I would buy the Herald every Saturday & Sunday & read it over brunch at the cafĂ©. 20 years ago I would read it cover to cover at my desk each morning before starting work. Now I never buy it at all.
The internet came along, so I stopped buying physical newspapers and started visiting the Herald website. Then I discovered other websites & realised that I had the whole world at my keyboard. Then something significant happened. Â Read more »