The Corona Diaries – Day 696

Fabulous day for mid-January. Ridiculous! Blue sky and the sun felt warm. If it wasn’t for the coldish air it could have been summer. And there are still people who deny there is any global warming!!

We went to Scarborough (no fair) to have a walk around the castle and down into the harbour. It was great to be able to eat fish and chips outside without feeling cold!!

Back home I’ve been editing the Captain Beefheart book and playing some White Stripes!!

Meanwhile, out in Coronaland our lying clown is really in the mire. I think the trough has fallen over. All the greedy profiteers are trampling him into the shit as they frantically look for a way of preserving their gravy train.

Johnson is now a liability. The ship is sinking. They are twelve points behind.

All this feels Dillingerish to me. Johnson has committed lie after lie, has presided over unbelievable sleaze, has been a thoroughly spoilt entitled prick, has been amazingly inept, blatantly self-serving and has got away with murder.

People have excused him the lousy Brexit deal, the tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, the philandering, the wallpaper, holidays and blathering. They even find his lawbreaking endearing. Dillinger was a murdering gangster but was brought down for tax evasion. Johnson has been unbelievably incompetent, greedy, lying and lawbreaking but is being brought down by a party.!

It’s risible.

One wonders if a similar thing might happen with Trump – some unforeseen trivia that will finally burst the bubble so that the TRumpists wake up to see what a lying, conniving, self-server the incompetent twat has been.

We’ll see!!

I must check what is currently happening with that nasty piece of work Bolsonaro. If he had his way he’d flatten the whole Amazon jungle just to fill his bank account.

Hopefully the world will eventually right itself and these extreme fascist populists will be consigned to history.

It’s not a nice place at the moment. Trump is dumping democracy and heading for fascist tyranny. China is quietly spreading its influence. Russia is on the verge of war.

Mind you, I don’t think Putin is entirely wrong on this. As soon as the USSR broke up NATO was very quick to move in there. We saw the American response when Russia tried to set up missile sites in Cuba. They were prepared to start a third world war. Putting missile sites on the border of Russia is no different. This is a power game and the USA is not blameless.

What a mess we humans make. We’re meant to be intelligent. It seems that intelligence is soon trumped by greed and lust for power.

We take heaven and transform it into hell so that a tiny minority can have more than they can possibly ever need. Madness.

So, we have a Save The Big Dog policy coming into force. Yesterday, in typical Orwellian doublespeak, we were told that the virus is decreasing sufficiently to allow Plan B to end next week. That is on the day when the virus incidence went up 14,000 to 108,069 new cases with 359 more deaths.

Now, I am not an expert on language but a decrease to me means something going down in numbers, not up!! Something going up by 14,000 is a big increase!

Is this some new use of language?? Are we inventing new meanings?

Or is this lying Boris making a political decision in a desperate attempt to gain some popularity. He’s in a nosedive and needs to pull out before he hits the ground and messes his hair up!!

They’re chucking out ballast. The BBC, immigrants and Plan B.

Next week they throw out the red meat and massacre the Number 10 crew!!

Meanwhile the true criminals go free!!

Stay Safe!!

Poetry – Meaning


Forged in the centre of a star

                Where atoms are stripped

                                And split,

The molecules of my mind were created.

As it spewed its substance forth

                In a supernova blast,


The nascent energy permeated.

Into matter, carbon and DNA

                In wondrous meaning


As if all life was fated.

The unique fire was lit,

                A spark of consciousness,

                                Of life,

A spark that cannot be equated.

For without that spark

                The whole infinite universe

                                Is meaningless

In darkness unalleviated.

Opher – 19.12.2019

I find it hard to imagine and a joy to wonder at, that all the matter and energy in the universe blasted into existence in the instant of the Big Bang. That naked, basic matter, condensed in stars, nuclear dynamos of heat and pressure, in which the more complex elements were created.

So all the atoms of my planet and my body emanated from the inferno of a star.

Those suns spawned matter and give light and warmth to nourish life. They are truly the gods of the heavens. No wonder primitive people worshiped them.

But it is us that give this incredible spectacle meaning.

Poetry – All is not what it seems

All is not what it seems

All may not be as it seems

                As substance melts

                                Before the microscope,

As reality

                Becomes subjective,

As mind impacts on matter.

For all of us,


                                Might exist

In two places

                                                At the same time

And misbehave

                                                When watched.

Perhaps imagination

                Is taking

                                A central role

In modelling

                The world?

Opher – 16.12.2019

I am always amazed by the latest discoveries of science. They are much stranger than fiction, more extraordinary than any religion.

It seems that particles arrive before they leave,

                That things can exist in two places at the same time

And energy behaves differently when watched.

Forget Schrodinger’s cat! It’s dead alive!

Perhaps they will find that we shape the universe with our imaginations?

The Corona Diaries – Day 695

The day started with such a thick frost that it made outside look like a winter wonderland. The sun was shining and sky deep blue but it was really cold.

Today was a time for chores – cooking, shopping and listening to Sean Taylor.

I managed some editing and even writing of a few poems. That’s because what is happening around me is causing my mind to boggle. What on earth is going on??

Meanwhile, outside in Coronaland, the whole world seems to be a pit of madness. It’s sobering, every now and again, to take an objective look and see the insanity of mankind as it is.

The Middle East is a pit of tyrannical Islam. Kids are indoctrinated. Youths wander around with Kalashnikovs. Women are enslaved as second-class citizens, in veils and robes. They are still considered property and their bodies deemed a source of evil. Scriptures from thirteen hundred years ago are used as a template. There can be no deviation. Intolerance rules.

In the Far East tyranny rules. Societies are crushed on harsh laws. Conformity rules.

In the USA the Trumpian cult of free dumb is fed lies and conspiracy, adopts violence and the gun, uses patriotism as an excuse and believes that a billionaire, lying, conniving conman is their saviour. The religious right believe that scriptures written by misogynistic, racist, religious fanatical nomadic Arabs are the word of god. They have the same intolerance as the Middle Eastern fanatics. The same god. Different versions.

Religion, that was used to subjugate the black slaves, still subjugates many of them.

Africa is still kept in poverty as the natural habitat is slowly destroyed for profit and the people suppressed by tyrants.

South America is beset with corruption, political extremism, populism and political despots as the natural world is being consumed.

Europe is consumed with a clash of ideologies as capitalism takes on communism in a cold war that is threatening to go hot.

In the UK we have elected a bunch of profiteering populist pigs led by an entitled clown. They all have their snouts in the trough.

Where the hell is there any sanity?? What the hell is wrong with people??

The whole world is beset by extreme religion, extreme politics, populism, propaganda, conspiracy, spin, fake news, brainwashing and tyranny.

Perhaps New Zealand is the last hope for civilisation??

Does everything human have to be about power, wealth and control?? Seemingly.

I retire into writing, reading, music, art and creativity – where humans are at our best.

Wouldn’t it be great to rid the world of all religions and politics?? Pack up all the power-mad religious leaders and politicians in a big spaceship and send them off on a one-way ticket to Mars.

Just leave the artists, the compassionate people, the caring and those seeking harmony with the world. Wouldn’t that be heaven?

Unfortunately, we are saddled with this bunch of mad sociopaths and psychopaths and their acolytes!!

So, yesterday the number of new cases went up to 94,432 (still to be updated on the government site – they obviously don’t like it. Deaths also went made with 438 being recorded.

I still think these numbers are much lower than the real figure. It’s still impossible to get hold of a testing kit around here!

Johnson is probably watching these figures and praying. He desperately wants to up his popularity by lifting all restrictions. Maybe he’ll start lying about the figures?

Novaxx Jokerrich looks like being banned everywhere. Aaaah the price to pay for being antisocial and wanting to spread disease!!

Greece is starting to fine unvaccinated people!!

It looks to me as if we are moving to a regime of regular vaccinations for the vulnerable with a combined covid/flu jab. How many times a year?? The immunity seems to wane rapidly. These jabs can be tailored for variants though.

We’ll see.

Stay safe!! The Big Dog is still sniffing around!! The Red Meat is being thrown. Scapegoats are being lined up to be shot. Immigrants are being victimised again. The BBC is going to be skewered!!!

Poetry – Aversion to the Truth

Aversion to the Truth

Tories don’t like the BBC –

                A dose of the truth.

They won’t appear

                While it asks for proof.

Tories want to scrap it;

                Replace with propaganda.

They hate being challenged

                Having to speak with candour.

Unable to defend policy.

                Caught out telling lies.

Attacking reporters with venom

                Until democracy dies.

Anything that opposes them

                They crush with vicious ire.

Destroying any institution

                With everything in their power.

Tories don’t like the BBC –

                A dose of the truth.

They won’t appear

                While it seeks the proof.

Opher -17.1.2022

Distraction from the lawbreaking of Partygate!!

The NHS and the BBC are casualties in this culture war. Neither lend themselves to Tory greed and lawlessness.

Making money out of sickness – that’s the Tory way. the slow creep of privatisation is hampered while there is the BBC to expose them.

Telling lies without challenge is their aim.

They’ll only be happy when it’s a one-party state and they can exploit everyone without challenge.

The BBC is labelled leftish because it dares to challenge their policies and hold them to account.

Without any opposition in the media (little though it is at present) they know they can get away with anything. They can dismantle the welfare state, destroy the public sector and exploit the poor.

All that matters is power and wealth.

Democracy? Forget it!

The BBC is an obstacle to total domination. They prefer propaganda outlets.

Poetry – The Big Dog and the Red Meat

The Big Dog and the Red Meat

Chuck the fools

                The red meat.

                                Slit the throats

                                                Of the scapegoats.

Help the liar

                Keep his seat.

                                Distract the groats

                                                Images of small boats.

Rally around

                The Big Dog.

                                Feed them headlines.

                                                Scrap the BBC!

Conjure a narrative

                We can all flog.

                                Full of fear –

                                                Immigrants over the sea.

A Tory chorus

                In unison.

                                How the shambling clown

                                                Got Brexit done!

The invisible leader

                Vaccinated everyone,

                                The bungling bumbler

                                                At work not fun.

Law breaking



                                                The norm.


                Is really

                                Good form.

But the polls

                Are watched

                                The knives are drawn.

Opher 17.1.2022

The Tories will do anything to hang on to power – throw anyone under the bus, lie, cheat, spin.

They’re good at it.

They all come together to recite the mantra, repeat the lies they have concocted.

They sing from the same hymn sheet.

But only as long as it is in their interests.

While Johnson is an asset to buy them power they will back him.

As soon as he’s a liability he’ll be discarded like the useless shambling clown he really is.

They are all greedy power-mad nasty types.

All conmen and nasty women. All eager for wealth and power.

No granny is safe.