Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Twitter - reason to celebrate?

I was interviewed the other day about my work as a reporter and was asked how technology had changed since I started. I explained that in 1984, we did not have Twitter, Google, computers or mobile phones. If we were lucky we sat at a desk with a typewriter that worked. The phones arrived a couple of years later - the size of car batteries.

On the 5th anniversary of Twitter it all feels like a lifetime away. But are we better off now?

Not according to a fascinating CNBC documentary, Crackberry’d: The Truth About Information Overload:

"The more we're connected to technology and information overload the more you start to live virtually. But there's a risk with that in that you might be virtually living" - Kevin Michaluk,

I'm as guilty - if that's the right word - as anyone. But while I think he's right, to a point, we are much better off now.

Just switch it off and go for a run.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Charlie Sheen extends live show tour

He may have dropped out of the headlines but Charlie Sheen's new found popularity shows no bounds. The actor, who was sacked last week from Two and a Half Men, is bringing his live "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour to five more venues, including New York's famed Radio City Music Hall.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jackson trial delayed

They're not ready. The trial has been delayed with opening statements, now due to commence on 9th May. Lawyers for both sides said they would be ready by the new trial date, after having more time to share information and receive reports from experts. Screening of prospective jurors will begin, as scheduled, on 24 March.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Judge Michael Pastor has ruled that TV cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom. Jury selection to begin on March 24, four days earlier than expected.

Monday, January 25, 2011

The Hollywood trial of the year is on a fast track to the jury. Taking many by surprise, Dr Conrad Murray and his lawyers have opted for a quick trial (within 90 days), rather than allowing the saga to drag on for many more months.

So we'll all be in court on March 28 for what is bound to be a circus - at least, outside the court. Thankfully Judge Michael Pastor seems to be a stickler for punctuality and order inside his courtroom, but there'll be no shortage of high drama.

Today Dr Murray demonstrated that he is capable raising the temperature, just by utterign a few words.

Instead of a simple "Not guilty" - his plea was:

"Your honor, I am an innocent man. I therefore plead not guilty."

The prospect of Dr Murray on the witness stand, should his lawyers allow it, becomes more tantalizing.

Will the case by televised? Yes, it may be. A hearing On February 7 will decide whether to allow the TV cameras in. High drama guaranteed, if they are...