Opinion: Away on a two-week vacation news was ignored. The world could have imploded or exploded for all we cared but of course it did not. It carried on its relentless spin in the great unknown.
One news story we had been watching though before our trip was the trial of Oscar Pistorius; a trial which came to an end this week or at least was partially closed.
Back home we checked the outcome of the trial but his five-year sentence for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp showed an apparent lack of justice.
Pistorius has lost so much since the killing of Steenkamp but nothing compared to Reeva and her family.
In sentencing Pistorius Judge Thokozile Masipa, 67, said "I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send a wrong message to the community. On the other hand, a long sentence would not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy."
But why does Pistorius need mercy?
The so called Blade Runner may be a double amputee but he showed strength in becoming a world champion runner and achieved a great deal before the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.
South African prisons are notoriously tough but he is a convicted killer. How much compassion are other killers shown by the South African legal system?
Once again it looks as if money can buy the law and an easier ride.
Five years in jail will not be easy but his treatment may be far from run-of-the-mill; at least the judge disregarded calls that Pistorius was placed under house arrest and undertook community service.
But with good behaviour his five-year sentence could be considerably reduced; either way though, his days as a Paralympian athlete must surely have ended?
Judge Masipa also gave Pistorius a three-year sentence for negligently discharging a firearm in a crowded restaurant but that was wholly suspended and to be served concurrently.
The curious case of Oscar Pistorius may still be open however.
The prosecution are looking at launching an appeal and that could involve challenging the decision Pistorius was guilty of manslaughter not murder. A murder conviction could involve a hefty increase up to 15 years in jail.
Oscar Pistorius's defence team could also launch an appeal but why would they?