Let’s Spread Some Good News
Russell Howard does many wonderful things, including what I consider an excellent TV show entitled Russell Howard’s Good News. In this he trawls the news stations, papers and websites, picking out some things which deserve ridicule and being picked apart which he does with aplomb.
However, he also makes a special point to pick out some simple good news stories which should be shared for good’s sake. These are things with no pithy punchline or demand for incredulity; rather they are stories which perhaps are a little unusual but which bring a smile to the face and warmth to the heart.
In no way are we trying to compare ourselves favourably to he of TV fame, but we do identify with what he is striving to do. We too like picking apart some of the funnier and stranger goings on in our own little corner of the world, attacking where we feel it is needed and defending on occasion as well.
With this in mind we would like to announce our first direct call out to our readers. Over the past few months we have seen our readership rise from ourselves (seriously, one week we had a total of 20 views, and a dozen of these were by my Mum) to thousands of people a week. Whilst we would love to think it is our prose which attracts you to these pages in reality we know it is probably down to the fact that you work in or with local government and can share in our musings.
Therefore we feel certain that there are those amongst you who can help us by sending in some good news stories. These can be big or small, important or not; we want to hear about some of the best things you have done or seen in your time.
Before you start thinking that you shouldn’t send something in, just in case you get in trouble, we just want to point you in the direction of our recent blog post on anonymity and reassure you that this counts for everything we put onto the site, wherever it comes from. We won’t publish your details or those of your organisation if you don’t want us to. Rest assured in the knowledge that we will share what is done rather than who did it, unless you tell us that you are happy to say who you are.
You might even know of things done in other boroughs or counties which were brilliant – let’s give credit where it’s due and tell the world that local government is not the force for evil that it is sometimes claimed to be.
All you have to do is drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and give us an outline, the key facts or even a complete article about your own piece of good news, we will do the rest. Throughout December we will choose our favourites and publish them on these very pages, which you can then send around to all and sundry.
For those of you who feel physically sick whenever you see someone win a game show (and I’m one of them), fear not; we will continue to talk about the idiosyncrasies of life in local government for as long as we are still here, so keep sending us your thoughts and opinions. Until we get our P45s delivered we’ll keep going, so to paraphrase Sir Bob Geldoff “Give us yer f***ing stories!”