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Station Platform

a pinch of salt in the air
gritty faces stare down their tracks
looking for something to whisk them on their way

doves settle on the sewage works
Waiting for the warmer climbs to return
and those on the platform long for them
and for the jubilee line’s revival yearn

changing times and changing lines so often effected
by the strength of the will against that of the pound
and the need to rage against the machine

mr evening standard shows no sign of The Times
yet his decline lies deeper than his pockets
or the lines around his eyes

crows feet pitter patter in puddles on the platform
equaling their knowing discordant song
they truly see what’s going on

for changing times and changing lines
are all so often another sign
that we are buying the lie

the people on the platform look back
down the lines and track the fact that
they no longer search for what’s to come
but long for what’s dear, but long gone

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A sign of the Times… but who will pay the price?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jan/05/the-times-raises-weekday-price-to-90p

The Times today will be hitting newshelves across the nation at the price of 90pence a copy… Questions start to rumble in my digital mind as we see yet another broadsheet upping the cover price to match the Telegraphs Q4 price rise.

So it begs to question,  if 2008 was the year the bank s collapsed, could 2009 finally see of an already long suffering print journalism industry, or at least kneecap a few fledgling titles? The Times’ Online web prescense (www.timesonline.co.uk) will surely keep the brand alive, long into the next decade (unless Murdoch’s cronies really do dessert him), but how much life is left for the print version?

Answers on a postcard…

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