I have a hard time with the news. A very hard time.

We are told, over and over again, that if we are ‘responsible’ citizens, we watch the news, we read the newspapers, we are aware of current events.

So, for a long time, I tried to do that. I really did try. Even after I did the whole ‘studying journalism’ thing and got a look behind the curtain, I still tried.

But, good grief, it depresses me.

The spin. The negativity. The whole ‘sky is falling’ approach.

What’s fact? What’s opinion? What’s spin? What’s flat our propaganda?

Much of the time I just have no fucking clue. . . .

And, being the person I am, with the particular (slightly defective, I acknowledge) make-up that I have, I am prone to over-analysing. Which means that watching the news and reading newspapers is actually not always the best thing for me – certainly not for my mental health.

But, in the spirit of trying to be at least somewhat informed on the subjects I am spouting off about, I am making an effort to be ‘news aware’.

If you’ve read my other post from today, you’ll know that has not gone well on this bank holiday Monday, so, in an effort to counter-balance, here are a few stories that haven’t completely pissed me off today:

The German football club Borussia Dortmund invited 200 refugees to a match last week as part of the city’s efforts to make the transition easier for these people.  Meanwhile, in Dresden, there was a pro-immigration rally, as Germany continues to find more positive ways of dealing with the refugee issue than the rest of Europe seems capable of managing.

Hillary Clinton landed in deep water for pointing out just how awful about women certain Republican leaders can be. No, it’s not a heart-warming story; it’s not even particularly hopeful. But, anything to raise awareness of the hideous sexism that exists in the US is okay in my books. Plus, there’s the added bonus of pissing off Jeb Bush.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood lashed out at George Osborne over Trident. Go, Wales!

And, then, there’s this: McKinley no more: America’s tallest peak to be renamed Denali

Maybe not the best start to the week, but. . . .