There was an intriguing article in the local paper last weekend, and I’m only just now getting round to talking about it. Sometimes I need a few days to decide if it’s even worth bothering you with.
Not every idea is a gem. Aren’t there things you’ve done that, in retrospect, you probably would’ve reconsidered?
Well, I have an entire rucksack of those, but my suspicion is that you didn’t come here for my reject rucksack. That’ll have to wait for a slow day. These are anything but slow days. Quite the opposite, in fact.
For example, a week from Thursday the first print edition of The Munich Times is coming out. That means no matter how calm and collected I might appear here, I’m running ragged in my daily life. I have the same clients I normally do, and Ella and Louis, my sister and brother pair of Vizslas, need their daily trudge in the park. In addition to that, there’s the organising and cajoling I’m doing.
With whom am I doing all of that? With my colleagues at the paper.
That’s right: We’re starting a newspaper. In print. While everyone else is going digital, we’re betting that there’re still people that want to hold newsprint in their grubby little hands. I’ve heard all the arguments that we’re mad, and I’ve even strongly considered some of them. However, my heart is in this. Fully.
You want a taste of the sort of writing we offer? Well, here you go:
Chimpanzees: having a crack at culture (by Jane Marple)
Europe has to decide: cut or spend (by Michael Owens)
I personally have written on a variety of subjects, but I think the one I enjoyed the most was one of my first pieces for the newspaper:
And although England is now out of the European Championship, the writing about football is one of the best parts of The Munich Times, so here’s Chip off the old block (by Geoff Poulton)
You went and read every single one of those, right? You better have. You don’t want me to hand deliver the print edition to your doorstep, do you? I will, you know. Because, according to The Adventures of One Fancy World-Traveling Bon Vivant (with a jaunty hat), I’m the sort who just might do it. Show up and shove a copy into your waiting hands.
Can you even remember what I started this with? It was the article I read in the paper. For those of you who read German, here it is:
For the rest of you, the thrust of the article is that the citizens of Munich aren’t necessarily interested in progress for the mere sake of it. We’re a city that almost says, ’We don’t need all of those newfangled things.‘ Not mindlessly, we don’t. Not at all costs. No thank you.
Can you see where this is going?
What a perfect fit. A newspaper for a city that appreciates the traditional.
I’ve heard a statistic that a quarter of the Bavarian capital is foreign. That can’t be possible, can it? Not so traditional in that respect.
Yet in a way that plays to The Munich Times strengths even more so. It might not be the reader’s first language, but it’s very possible that English is more easily understood than German. That’s certainly a part of who we’re aiming for.
We shall know soon enough. No need to fear: I’m taking you with me on this one. Something only a Bon Vivant would do. As is my wont.