Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Reactions to Terror

I was examining my reaction to the recent terror attacks today. I've listened to those who, like me, weren't there or otherwise directly affected say they were shocked, horrified, and upset. I've felt none of these. I've found myself feeling that these events are boringly predictable and faintly irritating.

This isn't about a lack of empathy, I do sympathise with all those affected. I do get annoyed at those spouting ill informed nonsense after the event. Nor is it hubris nor a lack of comprehension. I was born in the '60s and grew up against a background of terrorism. At times it seemed that every week brought news of bombings, hijackings, and abductions by groups such as the Red Brigade, Baader-Meinhof, and various Palestinian groups.

I worked in London during the era of the IRA's car and truck bombs. I narrowly missed being involved in one thanks to a British Rail delay to my usual train (oh, the irony). I felt my office rock on it's foundations when the two park bombs went off. It was a bit unsettling given my desk was on the 16th floor. Decades later, It gave me a minuscule insight into why people chose to fling themselves off the Twin Towers in New York rather than burn. At the time, my reaction was a forerunner of what I've heard on the news recently. An intense irritation, a mental "Well, f**k you too" followed by a silent oath to continue my life as it was before, albeit a more vigilant one.

I've been led to wonder whether I've been hardened against such events by the time into which I was born. Did listening to my parents and grandparents talk of their experience of the World Wars have an effect on my views today? Did living though the birth of modern terrorism shape my emotional and intellectual responses today? I guess the answer would have to be "Yes". Does the lack of such history make recent events that more shocking, more frightening for younger people? Does the all pervasive media now make it more difficult to put aside the scariness, make nightmares more likely for the young? Again, I would assume so. In which case, how can my generation make it easier for our youth, particularly those who are sitting at home or primary school in tears through a lack of comprehension despite family and teachers explaining the rarity of such events. It's hardly reassuring to be told being run down or dying falling out of bed is more likely statistically!

More questions than answers in my blog today, I know. Thoughts, readers?

Friday, 26 May 2017

Blue Leadership

Strong and Stable
My Name's May-ble
Strong and Stable
Am I Able?
Strong and Stable
I'll Take your Gable
Strong and Stable
I'll Further Disable
Strong and Stable
Brexit Card Table
Strong and Stable
Economic Fable
Strong and Stable
Strong and Stable
Strong and Stable

F.A. Wilson 26/05/17

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Musical Associations

My first serious boyfriend deemed Leo Sayer's "When I Need You" our song. He went a bit weird after I dumped him, trying to prise open my bathroom window late at night when he knew I'd got home from the pub and would be washing off other folks' fag smoke. It's only taken a few decades, but I can now listen to it with nostalgia rather than palpitations.

Leo Sayer, "When I Need You"

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Alt Valentine

Alt Valentine
Roses have thorns
Violets don't last
I curse you were born
That our love is past
An alt squeeze
You put in our bed
Oh what a wheeze
To see you dead
Revenge I'd take
'Cept she got in first
Your manhood did bake
My hunger just burst!
F.A.Wilson 11/02/17

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Brexit One Britain Response

Letter received 18/07/2016

Thank you for sharing your views with me following the result of the United Kingdom's Referendum.

I am sad about the choice of the British people. The European Commission worked hard to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union.

European leaders offered the United Kingdom a fair deal that reflected their hope that the United Kingdom remained part of the European Union.

This is an unprecedented situation but the European Union will stand strong and uphold its core values of promoting peace and the well-being of its peoples.

I truly hope that the United Kingdom will be a close partner of the European Union in the future.

I wish you well

Jean-Paul Juncker.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Brexit Vytenis Andriukaitis

Comment upon Vytenis Andriukaitis' blog entry message to the UK

Hi Vytenis

Thank-you so much for your kind words. I'm glad there are still some in the Council of Ministers who can see past 'that man' and understand that my country is torn in two. For every one person who got their country back there is another who feels they just lost it.

Personally, I voted remain. 50% for economic stability at a time when Britain is still paying off the Global Recession hang-over and 50% because I remember my parent's and grand parents' stories of Europe re WW2. I understood the dream of 'Europa'. I shared concerns over political integration and other issues but saw those as resolvable without leaving.

I lost that dream.

I then see a 57% increase in hate crime within my country in the space of a week. I have flashbacks to my youth in the 1970s/80s when such scenes played out on TV just about every day. Bovver boots pounding pavements. Police baton charging. Blood.

I had hoped my country was past such things. That we understood. I hoped never to live long enough to see history repeat.

I lost that dream too.

I turn to my elected representatives to show solidarity, only to see a few locked into ideology warfare instead of pulling together to make the decisions so much needed. I am disgusted. So much so I wote to the Speaker of the House of Commons asking him to remind the house of their duty.

It's not the decision of my countrymen I mourn but the pain it has caused, particularly to the younger members who feel they have lost their future.


Brexit From A Friend

From a chatty email to a friend :
"Sorry, am trying to be chatty but I seem to have developed some novel form of Tourettes since Friday. Symptoms include moronaphobia, mythbusting, facepalming and general Faragerage."