It has been a really difficult fortnight. Whatever way you cast your vote in the EU referendum, I don’t think there is much room for celebration. Those who voted Remain are either stoically staying calm and those who voted for Brexit are standing firm although some are panicking; inwardly and outwardly.
For journalists these are interesting times. One Political Editor told me at the weekend he worried about going to sleep because he simply did not know what he would face when he awoke.
I find myself watching more news than I have since leaving Sky News more than two decades ago and at that time I was used to presenting shifts that often lasted for more than seven hours. It has been a riveting – and occasionally – distressing time . I get the impression that everyone wants to hunker down and feel safe with their family and friends.
This sense of community is a powerful safeguard in times like these. I know how important being with my Tribe is to me.
I have lived all over the world but always aimed to head home. I have worked as a journalist from London to the various countries of Asia. I have worked for newspapers and broadcasters here and in the US. Yet earlier this year, even before the seismic shifts that have rocked our world, I felt a hankering for the kind of news I covered as a young reporter on the Western Mail in Cardiff. Local news.
Recently, at a business breakfast I told the assembled – and hungry – entrepreneurs I would be editing a local magazine aimed specifically at the RiverTribe; those people living along the Thames from Barnes and Mortlake to Richmond, Kingston, Twickenham and Teddington.
I want to find those Local Heroes who can tell us about their restaurants, shops, bars and businesses and give us the stories that will inspire us and help us on our way as a community. I know from the charity work I have done locally over the past fifteen years that there is plenty of news out there; and it is good news. That is what we need right now – some positive tales of endeavour and experiences that will help us navigate the choppy waters ahead (thanks for the metaphor David Cameron).
You can see me in the featured image. Frankly, it was the only high resolution image I could find on my desk top. It was shot several months earlier by a great photographer, Steve Poole, for my web-site. Fortuitously, most of the photographs were taken on the Thames and this one was taken by the doors of Putney Town Rowing Club but it should be you. In my blog firstname.lastname@example.org I write some posts I call the View from the Bridge. That photograph is taken by Chiswick Bridge, close to my home. I run along the River most days. That is where I do my thinking. So if you see me, say hello. I would love to hear your story.