Green (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


One thing which hasn’t changed much over the years is my enjoyment of current affairs. And, by extension, of politics, since so much of current affairs is politics. In fact over the years I learned to keep my mouth shut, for that very reason. As I am older, and as I blog anonymously, I’m beyond caring so I write it anyway. What’s more, I sometimes find people who agree with me! Well, once or twice!

I mentioned last week that I just hit my third blogiversary, and in the early days of the blog I felt that I needed to explain my political slant (to my imaginary audience!). It was not meant to be a flag-waving post, just “this is how it is“. We each need to come to our own conclusions and, if yours differ from mine, so be it.

I am sure(?) you’d like to know whether I am still in the Green Party, and the answer is no. In the original post, I use the phrase “agree to differ” about Brexit. I had hoped that we could disagree on that one issue, but nevertheless stay broadly in line with each other, otherwise. I was wrong. As time went by, it became increasingly clear to me that they wanted to ignore the result of the 2016 referendum.

To put it simply, I don’t think you can argue for better representation on the one hand (which they did, and which I fully support), then on the other, say you are going to ignore the result of ballots when they don’t go your way. Especially when a referendum gives an outcome on a single, specific issue, rather than choosing a delegate who approximates to our views on a broad spread of issues. We should have more referendums, if you ask me. But I bet we won’t!

So, I let my membership lapse, just let it run out naturally. I don’t think my principles changed one bit, but I think I saw a side of them which made me very uneasy. Good luck to them in what they now do, but they can get on and do it without my support. I do say in the original post that I’ve never found any one party to be a consistently good fit for my beliefs and that line, at least, is still absolutely true.

Stroke Survivor

If you detect a political slant to this blog, I must admit to being a member of the Green Party. This pre-dates my stroke slightly (by a couple of months), but is really quite recent in terms of the length of time I have been interested in politics. I never really found a party that was a good fit, but the Greens have been the best fit for a few years now.

I’ve always leaned slightly to the left, I suppose, and while early on I supported the (British) Labour Party, they are wedded to our current electoral system. Not only do I think it needs to be changed, but I think the issue is second only in importance to the environment. The Greeens say that too, plus they have the right idea on the environment. So anybody who can tick my top two boxes, I will support.

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Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge (6 March 2020)

I have worked out how to get my browser to read people’s posts out to me. It speaks! I know, probably old hat to many of you, but it was never really something I looked for, so I’m late in the game.

Bottom line, it lets me read posts more quickly. However, I have also noticed that it doesn’t give me as much control. I can start it when I load the page, I can stop it, but I have no idea how to reposition it, if (say) I want to re-read a paragraph. The upshot is that I spent rather more time than usual, listening to the lyrics of Jim’s Deep Purple song.

Lots of mentions of Japan. To me, if I think of Japan in music terms, I think of Yoko Ono. Then the late, great John Lennon.

I was twelve when Lennon was killed. I heard the news on morning as I came down the stairs ready for breakfast before school. Impossible – one of the Beatles was no longer with us! Plus. this was Liverpool, where the Beatles were especially special.

There followed a wave of nostalgia for him in the UK. There were outpourings of grief, and his new album, Double Fantasy, his first new material in several years, went immediately to #1 pretty much everywhere. Plus, as well as rushing out releases of his new material, we had re-releases of Imagine and Happy Christmas.

One of the tracks on Double Fantasy just epitomised to me, the sound of Japan. As I got older myself, it also epitomised fatherhood, all those dreams and aspirations we have for our young children. This is Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), about his son, Sean, who was just five when he lost his daddy.