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Roy Harper books available soon. Photos required!

You wait for fifty-five years for one and then two come along at the same time!

I’ve finally completed my two books on Roy Harper.

A songwriter and performer of his stature should have a number of books about him. He deserves to be lauded and cherished for the brilliant work he has consistently produced in the course of a fifty-five-year career.

It’s a travesty that I aim to put right.

The first of my books are already up on Amazon for preorder. It is due to be released on June 22nd.

The things I need to complete the two books are photos – particularly of his early years. If anybody has any copyright-free photos they would like to donate to a worthy cause then please send them through.

My email is Opher@hotmail.co.uk.I will obviously give credit in the books to the photographers concerned.

Thanks for your help!

The Corona Diaries – Day 308

It was cold, crisp sunny day in Yorkshire. I took a brisk walk up my hill and surveyed the entire universe – well not quite all of it – the planet was in the way of quite a lot and the blue sky stopped me seeing too far! But it felt good.

Back home I was playing Edgar Broughton and I’m back to editing my two Roy Harper books – the finishing touches. The first one has a release date of June 22nd. The book is already up on Amazon to preorder. That’s nice to see.

Out there in Coronaland things are looking up. The rates seem to be coming down in both the USA and UK. It must be the Biden effect! In the USA it has gone down to 129,527 new cases with 1815 deaths. That’s a substantial drop in both. In the UK it has dropped to 30,006 new cases with 610 deaths.

That sounds like good news to me!

All we ned now is for the research on the new strains to show that the vaccine is still effective. I’d settle for it stopping you getting really ill. We’ll see.

If we had an effective Test, Track and Trace system we could hunt the new strains down and eradicate them. Unfortunately we don’t have anything as remotely effective as the systems they have in places like Singapore, Vietnam and New Zealand. They make us look daft.

So why is that?

Well the first thing that comes to mind is corruption, nepotism and incompetence. This government has been gushing out our money to their wealthy friends and putting their Tory cronies in charge – people like Dido Harding. Instead of using the profession public services set up to administer things cheaply and effectively they have been doling out contracts to their incompetent chums – apps, PPE, Track and Trace, testing. They are putting out multimillion pound contracts willy-nilly and the return is pathetic! People are being paid thousands of pounds a day to oversee ineffective systems. Go-betweens are walking off with millions! It’s criminally mad!! Somebody needs to be held responsibly.

I suggest locking the entire cabinet up in the Tower of London for starters.

Thank heavens they’ve put the NHS centre stage in vaccination. If Dido Harding or Serco were put in charge we’d still be vaccinating in 2050.

It think it is obscene that people are making huge sums of money out of this! According to the BBC ten people have made enough money to vaccinate the whole world!!

Wealth increase of 10 men during pandemic ‘could buy vaccines for all’ – BBC News

They need locking up! They are morally bankrupt. It should be a criminal offence.

Makes my blood boil.

Two more things come to mind. Firstly, we will need to vaccinate our pets. Cats and dogs can catch and pass on the virus. They could be a reservoir of the virus! The second thing is that there are advances in medicines taking place. They think they have found something that can stop you catching the disease. If the vaccine no longer works at least in future there might be suitable treatments to prevent you getting it or becoming seriously ill.

Sunshine at the end of the tunnel!!

Stay safe!!

Cronyism and Corruption in the Tory Government’s handling of the pandemic. George Monbiot exposes the terrible ineptitude and waste of money at the heart of government.

George Monbiot explains how the Tory Government has wasted billions taking contracts away from the professionakls in the public services and giving them to incompetent Tory patrons.

The result is that billions of pounds of our money has gone to wealthy incompetent people who have made a complete mess of everything.

We do not have an adequate Test and Trace system. We do not have a tracking app because the Tory fools put in charge are incapable.

These people are making a fortune and their incompetence is killing tens of thousands of us!!

Double Down News – George Monbiot Exposes Coronavirus Corruption at the Heart of Government | Facebook

Thank you John Peachey!

Today’s Music to keep me SSsSAaaAnNNnNeEEe in Isolation – Edgar Broughton – Wasa Wasa

I used to see Edgar Broughton all over the place. They were fabulous! Today I’ll go back to those free festivals in Hyde Park. Great days.

Edgar Broughton Band | Album: Wasa Wasa | Rock • Psychedelic | England | 1969 – YouTube

Poetry – A Work Of Art

A Work Of Art

Billions of years

A web,

A work of art.

Greater than

Any Picasso

A diamond

In the dark.

With eyes and ears

To see and hear

The wisdom

Of the epochs

Expressed

In seas of green

Great herds

And flocks.

Brightness of flowers

Nectar and scent.

Fur, scale and feather,

Mystery

Awe and wonder

All

That beauty meant.

Opher – 23.1.2021

What could possibly be more beautiful than the world we live on.

Nature is the greatest artist.

Life is the most wondrous piece of art.

Living sculptures that can see their own beauty.

Nothing can come near.

I wish we would appreciate it more, value it more and look after it better.

Poetry – A Member of the Elite

A Member of the Elite

As a member of the elite

I have to play the game.

I have to wear the uniform

Speak the right words

And never feel the shame.

My life’s a façade

Hiding what’s underneath

A charade

A shield of wealth and power

That is our one belief.

Haughty manner

Springing from superiority.

Looking down

At minions

The spawn of the majority.

I am of the elite.

Born into privilege.

Master of the multitudes

From every dirty village.

Of life’s finer things

I always have a surfeit,

It is just what we deserve

Because I know we’re worth it!

Opher – 23.1.2021

I detest that advert that asserts that we are worth it.

There are a whole privileged class who have every opportunity, a life of ease, an easy path, networking, the old boy network and wealth.

They can buy what they like.

They use their privilege to enable their sons and daughters to prosper while disdainfully keeping the hoi-polloi in their place.

Their wealth is incalculable.

They exploit, control and are happy to see poverty and destitution.

The poor are where they deserve to be.

The wealthy are assured of their own superiority and worth.