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Living Under A Cloud

Living Under A Cloud

I felt as though I was living under a dark cloud for the past several days which left me with little interest for Pbase, other than going through pics from last weekend's agricultural show.
We've been going through the painful process of voluntary redundancies at work. While my job was safe, I was conflicted when two good friends and colleagues applied for the package.
I knew they wanted the chance to start afresh but at the same time I didn't want them to leave.
As it turns out their applications were refused and a colleague in our sister newsroom 30 miles away is leaving - she knew if she stayed she would have had work from our office, which wouldn't have suited her family life and would have left her carrying a hefty fuel bill for commuting.
It's been a bruising process and is one which is being repeated in newspapers around the globe.
This week the Scottish group Johnston Press announced that they are closing a paper in Co Offaly with the loss of eight jobs.
Studies have shown that local communities suffer when local papers close. People become less connected, and local democracy suffers with people less likely to vote in local elections.
The digital age is proving difficult for newspapers with so many alternative, but not always reliable, sources of information out there.
Couple this with the recession and the industry is certainly under a dark cloud.
But the golden light on the horizon is that I am now on holidays, looking forward to seeing a dear friend for the first time in nine years later today, and a wee trip in the offering as well.
Not sure when I'll catch up with regular posting and commenting- but watch this space.

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Jeff Real24-Jun-2012 14:04
This is so ominous ~V~
Helen Betts24-Jun-2012 08:28
Beautiful, moody capture, and very appropriate for your comment. Hope your Budapest visit improves the horizon a bit! V.
lou_rozensteins23-Jun-2012 23:59
Glad to see there is still hope!! We all look forward to our local newspaper here ... it would be a real loss to see it go ..... it is free too!
Karen Stuebing23-Jun-2012 22:31
I'm sorry to hear about the problems with your paper and its impact on you and your colleagues and friend. Beautiful photo though. I would miss reading the paper every day. V.
LynnH23-Jun-2012 20:43
Awesome, ominous cloud!! V
Ann...23-Jun-2012 19:56
Stormy weather in every sense of the words. I'm pleased to hear that your position is safe. Have a restful holiday.
jlm23-Jun-2012 18:39
Great sky!
bill friedlander23-Jun-2012 18:12
A tumultuous sky with a sliver of sunshine on the horizon. Enjoy your holidays, and great that you have a job to come back to. V
Brian Samuel23-Jun-2012 18:02
Fantastic clouds! It expresses the situation very nicely. Glad that your job is alright and that you have a few days break.
Frank Brault23-Jun-2012 17:38
Yes, the newspaper industry has suffered from a double hit - the digital age and the recession. I'm happy you are keeping your job, but the stress of others leaving and the aligner situation must be difficult to deal with. I love this composition. The light and colors are wonderful! Enjoy the holiday and visit with your friend. V
Walter O. Koenig23-Jun-2012 15:32
There is light at the end of the dark cloud heralding a brighter day ahead.
Keith O'Brien23-Jun-2012 15:24
Yep the golden light and silver lining are always worth pursuing - have a great holiday! V
Johnny JAG23-Jun-2012 14:42
Tough times but you know what they say about clouds and silver linings
globalgadabout23-Jun-2012 14:19
tumultuous times with traditional media under assault from the electronic alternatives...glad to read your job is safe, as this is hardly a moment to be unemployed..what a potent image here, with a sliver of optimism on the horizon..V
John Reynolds23-Jun-2012 13:45
Dramatic sky. Have a good holiday!
pkocinski23-Jun-2012 13:13
Wonderful capture of this sky!
Stephanie23-Jun-2012 12:21
What a beautiful scene! Enjoy your hols Mairead! V
Frank Kavanagh Photography23-Jun-2012 11:40
Wow, you got a shot of some sunshine, lucky you Mairéad.
fabulous moody sky though. V.
Neal Nye23-Jun-2012 10:58
A wonderfully dramatic sky and an excellent visual representation of the job situation everywhere!
Shane23-Jun-2012 09:53
The good thing about clouds is they are always on the move and this one will pass you by soon enough, enjoy your holiday!
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