Emergency on Planet Earth #25

Emergency on Planet Earth #25


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


There can be no doubt that we are living in politically volatile times. The following weeks and months will be crucial in deciding what type of society we will leave behind for future generations.

Amidst all the Coronavirus crisis, a vitally important new campaign has grown from appalling police brutality in the United States of America. You can read more about the George Floyd case and the #BlackLivesMatter campaign by clicking on this link. 

I would like to send my solidarity to everyone fighting for equality and justice. I feel powerless myself, to help make such a fundamental change in society, from the UK, but I wish my fellow Britons  would show a similar show of unrest against the status quo, as our American cousins are doing across the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, my personal crusade to establish a suitable independent living package is continuing. #SaveWILG campaigners are still working hard behind the scenes to make themselves heard, and we are hoping to make a positive announcement in the near future. Despite having a different focus, our aims are similar to those involved in the #BlackLivesMatter  campaign – equality and the ability to live life on a level playing field with the rest of society.


The words of Vaughan Gething, that I totally agree with in principle. I always knew this day would come…


From The Skwawkbox:

New study shows “NO statistically significant difference” in viral load between children and adults – and concludes that opening schools will drive new peak

Video: thousands gather in Liverpool for ‘I can’t breathe’ protest

Video: police chief to Trump – ‘on behalf of the police chiefs in this country, you’re putting lives at risk. If you don’t have something constructive, keep your mouth shut’


List music from your High-School years

I really do not have much to say here as I didn’t really start getting interested in music until I started sixth-form College. This was due to a variety of reasons. For a start my main interest was all consuming. I lived and breathed football with a particular interest in Everton FC and Wrexham AFC. During that time, it is also a fact that music was absolutely tragic. I did make several attempts to listen to the latest hits via top of the pops and the charts, but the music scene failed to invigorate me.

There were a few brushes with music that were enjoyable. One of my first cassette tapes was Now 5 to enjoy on my new cassette radio player. One of my favourite tracks on there was Song for Whoever by The Beautiful South. A full listing of this album can be found in the notes at the back of the book. 

It is embarrassing to have to admit that my first single purchase at the age of 11 was New Kids on The Block with their UK debut: The Right Stuff. Go ahead and laugh, but I was young and naïve. I like to think that my taste has improved since then. 

From Wikipedia:

New Kids on the Block (also initialized as NKOTB) is an American boy band from Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States. The band consists of brothers Jonathan and Jordan KnightJoey McIntyreDonnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. New Kids on the Block enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 70 million records worldwide.[2] They won two American Music Awards in 1990 for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group and Favorite Pop/Rock Album.[3] The group disbanded in 1994, and reunited in 2008.

After secretly reuniting in 2007 and recording a new record, the group released that new album and embarked on a concert tour in 2008. The album, entitled The Block, was released on September 2, 2008. New Kids on the Block was listed as number 16 on Rolling Stone‘s Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments.[4] The group was on tour with the Backstreet Boys in 2011–12 as NKOTBSB. This collaboration first performed live together on November 21, 2010 at the American Music Awards on ABC[5] and again on 2011 New Year’s on ABC’s Dick Clark/Ryan Seacrest show.[6][7] The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 9, 2014


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