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Emergency on Planet Earth #8

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What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.

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Wednesday 8th April

I have been stuck indoors since March 5th, and boredom is really hitting home now. I suppose that disable people like myself, are used to having limitations placed on their lives, so in a funny way we are more adept to living with the restrictions of a lockdown.

I have been frittering away the time by completing the music listography that my sister bought me as a birthday gift, back in February. I may as well share parts of this listography with my readers, and encourage people to leave their lists in the comments section.

The problem, I find, with a musical listography is that such lists change depending on my mood. All I can say is that this list is fairly representative of my musical tastes. There is no particular order to this list, but it is fair to say that the Buzzcocks will always be my number 1 favourite band.

Music Listography

20 favourite bands:

  1. Buzzcocks
  2. The Rolling Stones
  3. Sex Pistols
  4. Oasis
  5. The Beatles
  6. Radiohead
  7. Stereophonics
  8. Manic Street Preachers
  9. Pulp
  10. Space
  11. Public Image Limited
  12. X-Ray Spex
  13. Stiff Little Fingers
  14. Green Day
  15. Ash
  16. The Bluetones
  17. Sleeper
  18. Travis
  19. The Zutons
  20. The Kinks

After each entry to my listography, I will include a video from a performer on my list. I will start off with a performance of ‘What Do I Get?’ from my all time favourite band, Buzzcocks.

From Wikipedia:

Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.[4] They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rockpower pop,[5] and pop punk. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a “punk masterpiece”.[6]

Devoto and Shelley chose the name “Buzzcocks” after reading the headline, “It’s the Buzz, Cock!”, in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The “buzz” is the excitement of playing on stage; “cock” is northern English slang meaning “friend”. They thought it captured the excitement of the nascent punk scene, as well as having humorous sexual connotations following Peter Shelley’s time working in a Bolton adult shop.[7] Per the band, there is no “the” in Buzzcocks.[8]

Devoto left the band in 1977, after which Pete Shelley became the principal singer-songwriter.[9] Shelley died on 6 December 2018,[10] but the band has remained active with Diggle assuming lead vocal duties.[11] They are currently performing with new guitarist Mani Perazzoli.[12]

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Here are a few interesting articles, that I think might be of interest to my readers. The first two touch upon the furloughing of non-playing staff by Liverpool Football Club. These are followed by an article on how to boost your immune system, that appears on the ‘Linwood Health Foods’ website. Each article can be seen in their original format by clicking on the links below.

‘What would Shankly do?’ Not what Liverpool are doing, that’s for sure

Liverpool chief executive officer Peter Moore has issued the following letter to supporters. 

10 GREAT WAYS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

 

Tinder Surprise

I have recently decided to join the herd of sheep and become a member of Tinder. I don’t know where this will lead, or if I will ever get someone swiping right on my profile, but we live in hope. I guess that you have to be part of the game if you ever want to end up victorious.

The fact that I have led a campaign against the Welsh Government and seen this through to the glorious end, has been really good for my confidence. I now have a secure sense of self-worth, but I am the most popular lonely person that I know. Time to do something about this I think.

For years, I have been a member of dating website Plenty of Fish. This has mainly been a waste of time, but I have decided to copy my dating profile into this blog. This shows my open nature and if it attracts a random surfer then all the better. You never know.

Now excuse me while I try to capture the flying pigs that are perched on my garden fence…

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I am a 42 year old writer who thinks life is too short and tries to live each day to the full. I have no patience for time-wasters. I am an extremely loyal person.

I have a BA (hons) in American Studies from the University of Nottingham. I also attended the University of Illinois for a six month exchange period. In 2017, I was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndwr University for my work on disability rights.

I am a published Author and Activist with a great sense of humour.

I have a disability, but that does not define who I am. I am a very out going and confident person who loves to socialise in my spare time. I’d like to think of myself as a gentlemen with a kind heart who is just wanting to find that someone special.

I enjoy all sorts of music from Beethoven to Oasis including Radiohead, Stereophonics, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Frank Sinatra, The Kinks, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Zutons, Cerys Matthews.

I am looking for someone to share fun and happiness with – no tight definition just a considerate person who agrees that life’s too short.

Mind Games

My mind is cluttered up at the moment as the need to Save WILG increases and my disability continues to progress. Throughout all this I am surrounded by some amazing friends and comrades who really keep me going, yet still I remain intrinsically lonely.

This is not meant to be a self centred, depressing blog. I am just stating my feelings on a sleepy Sunday morning. Hopefully others will be able to relate to my story and it is in this spirit that I am writing.

After enjoying an evening watching the superb Joe Solo at The Sun Inn, Llangollen. This award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer hails from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

He put on a wonderful sincere show that obviously came straight from the heart and he managed to spread his passion for politics throughout the packed pub.  As he was performing I couldn’t help but wish I had remembered to bring a #SaveWILG postcard for him to pose with. I had to compromise and took a photo of Joe and I after the gig so that I could show that he was a supporter of the campaign.

Then I saw the photo…

At the beginning of the evening I chose to wear my new New York City t-shirt in homage to John Lennon. Unfortunately, I do not resemble the former Beatle in any way whatsoever so could only be disappointed with a photograph of a chunky bloke slouching in a wheelchair with a recognisable t-shirt hiding his flab. I was disappointed with the picture. Joe looked great and we captured the busy pub behind us, but the shot was ruined by me. I guess this is what happens when you are a perfectionist trapped in a imperfect body.

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I think the problem is not that I am especially overweight. I recently got weighed and was pleased to find that I was only 13st. This is about average for someone of my age and height. The main issue that I have is my posture in my wheelchair as due to Friedreichs Ataxia my hips tend to roll forward causing me to slouch down to a uncomfortable position. My spine is of no use at all as I am suffering from Scoliosis which means my spine has a sideways curve.

I guess this is one of the hard things of living with Friedreichs Ataxia – it is constantly changing due to its progressive nature and I am always having to come to terms with accepting changes to my body. At a time when I am fighting the Welsh Government, Wrexham Council and Wrexham AFC this is particularly hard to cope with.

However, I am a fighter and I will continue to fight while trying to learn to ignore media perceptions of what is beautiful and accepting that I should really love myself.

I really should spend longer writing this blog, but I just do not have the time to explore my feelings in a deeper way. Tomorrow afternoon I have a meeting with Wrexham Council that I need to prepare for plus countless emails I need to write without any comfort eating…

The fight continues.

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After watching Joe Solo, my own creativity was sparked into life again and when I got home I wrote the following Tanka while lying in bed.

Sepia stained youth

 Running free through fields of gold

Stranded in the past

As your whole body erodes

Revealed in digital form