Saturday, 27 December 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Could this be 'transience'
the state or fact of lasting only for a short time;
"the transience of life and happiness"
life of the gull?
momentariness, mutability,, volatility
Friday, 31 October 2014
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Monday, 12 May 2014
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Reflections 1972 Battle of Saltley Gate – 1984 Battle of Orgreave
1972 Saltley, flying pickets sleeping on bedsit floors, students on the picket line shoulder to shoulder with the miners, amidst the three day week and power cuts. At the Co-op Dairy (now closed) we work seven days, cows don’t stop making milk. No power cuts but no heating and working by torchlight when necessary it’s February and cold.
1978 Grimethorpe colliery. Helmet lamp and tally stepping into the cage with much trepidation, plummeted into the bowels of the earth and a mile walk to the coal face. Eyes on the ground eyes on the roof, thankful for the helmet. Hands and knees across the coal face, I’m only 5’-2’’,the next slice is cut, the props removed and the roof dropped. Scary. Back on the surface there’s nowhere for women to wash.
1979 – Tony Benn speaks at the Miners Gala in Lock Park – absolutely no recall of what he said, but I do retain the images of the procession with the Miners Banners.
1984 – Barnsley. The world has changed since Saltley; new legislation about picketing the Government’s prepared. I’m working at the County Council (that’s gone too). County Hall, Soup Kitchen on the Members Car Park, proud men digging for fuel on the muck stacks, the miners stand together. Elsewhere opinions are divided, the Government’s not going to move. County Engineers daily counting the cost of damage. No hope no prospects Margaret Thatcher will not suffer the same fate as Ted Heath.