I have three kids in dagis, and they're often home sick. And then we just had two weeks in India where the kids were never ill. So I've learned it's much less hazardous to take our children to foreign locations where you can't drink the water than to drop them off at daycare in Stockholm.
Coming to India, I was worried about snakes. Our hotel here put me at ease. It says that there are snake everywhere, that four types are poisonous, and that each night we should seal off all openings into our bungalow to keep snakes out. #sucharelief
We're very careful about kids and pictures. We don't let just anyone take pictures of our children. Unless we're in India, where we apparently pose for pictures with any and everyone.
Washing in the sacred Ganges River on Easter Sunday. Not bad for someone who's not even religious.
Some people saved lives this week. Others fought for humans rights. With this blog, we strove for justice in a story about a cat.
The Telegraph told me its cat story has been changed. The story now has The Local as a source, and a link to The Local's cat tale.
So the cat is out of the bag: as suspected, a big UK paper failed to mention it took parts of a story it published from a smaller (but rising) news site in Sweden.
But I see a couple cool things in this. The first is with The Telegraph. They didn't have to answer me and they didn't have to update their story. I think it was big of them to do both.
The other cool thing is with blogs. Big blogs get their voices heard. But this is not a big one (yet!), and we were able get a media company to be a bit more ethical. Beloved readers: never doubt that we can accomplish what we want to accomplish on stories about household animals.
Sun. Temperature slightly above freezing. Open up the outdoor seating. #stockholmlife
The Local typically does its own translations of Swedish news with its own staff. Here in The Telegraph, a respectable but troubled UK paper, was The Local's exact translation and almost exactly the same story content. The Telegraph story was published a day later and doesn't mention The Local.
Did The Telegraph copy The Local's article? I asked The Local about this.
"I can confirm this story was written by our staff journalist," said James Savage, Managing Editor of The Local. "This kind of thing happens all the time, especially with the UK papers. It's frustrating."
I've tried to reach The Telegraph, but no response so far. I'll keep trying.
I've been reading news from Sweden for years. You sometimes see shady journalism from credible news sites for stories in different languages. For example, a story in a Swedish paper taking full credit for news that's already appeared in the UK. You also see silliness on breaking news, such as being the first to do a Swedish story in English. A story can be plastered all over Swedish papers and social media, but a site that translates the story first can sometimes claim it broke the story too. Well, maybe.
With the cat story, evidence suggests a big UK paper swiped a story that's already been done in English elsewhere. As Savage says, this happens all the time. That doesn't mean we should accept it, right.
In this post, I think I'm trying to say two things: 1) kudos to those who still do international journalism right; and 2) a 29-year-old cat - that's amazing.