The reality behind the appearances
“THE real reason why Camilla is not going to Princess Eugenie’s wedding” baited the clickbait on my screen... I rolled my eyes, made my excuses and scrolled on.
So how do you decide what is fact, fake, fishy or just phobic?
“Believe nothing you hear and only half what you see,” said a character I fondly christened Chief Wise Owl on one of my first ever visits to a pub. He was referring to the animated gossip that was standard fare in the Asterix Bar of the Crazy Horse Saloon. But of course the advice is now all-embracing.
The circus surrounding Putin’s secret service is not just a thing of wonder but something to ponder. Could it be that half the GRU HQ is taken up by the Clouseau Division, a group that deliberately sets out to make fools of themselves, and as a consequence mug the rest of the world into taking its eyes off the ball?
The other half is the KGB Division, Putin’s ruthlessly efficient secret service. Many now believe that Russia influenced both Brexit and the Trump victory. It also seems they are conducting a competent cyber war on the internet. And I bet we don’t know the half of it.
Those lacking peripheral vision increasingly argue we need to live our lives totally online, with cash consigned to history. Never mind that in recent months I visited two stores where the card readers were down and they could only accept cash. Also, a major supermarket suffered a brief power cut, and it took up to 30 minutes for every computer system to fully reboot.
It’s a sobering thought that one morning we could all wake up to find no electric, telephone, water, food and fuel supplies because the nation’s infrastructure has been hacked. Who needs guns, tanks, ships, planes and rockets to generate total chaos and panic?