Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years. The book.

I’ve just received another batch of Nick Harper books. If anybody would like a signed copy then email me at

The book is available from Amazon:

Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years: Goodwin, Opher: 9781678850661: Books

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Photos for the Roy Harper book.

Photos in the Roy Harper book.

Thank you for all who sent in photos. I did send them off to the publisher who selected what he wanted to include. Sorry to those who did not get featured but I am starting to edit the second book and will be looking to include a number of those photos in that one.

Do not despair!

if you have any photos of Roy, particularly from the early years, that you would like me to consider for inclusion in the second book please wing them my way to Cheers!

BTW – I’ve just posted the third batch of books for those who requested them!! You should receive them soon!

The Corona Diaries – Day 480

Today is red hot and sunny. It must be in the 30s. We went for a walk early before it got too hot!! It was brilliant! Like being in Brazil!!

I came back and had to complete the signing and addressing of all the Roy Harper books. I just caught the post. The lady was not amused!! I bet the postman wasn’t either!!

Meanwhile, out in Coronaland our clown continues on his mad experiment as the cases rocket. Looking at the trajectory of new hospital cases they seem to mirror the last wave. They do not seem any flatter at all! The death rate, up to 49, is also following the same pattern.

Last Summer he did the same. Nothing is learnt. The world looks on agog and the scientists look on aghast. In the midst of a raging pandemic our buffoon thinks it is a great idea to take off ALL the brakes!!

I think we’re heading for a disaster!!

The said in the First World War that it was men led by donkeys; this is a country being led by an ass and a bunch of greedy baying imbeciles!!

The new big concern is the South African variant (prevalent in France) which, although not as transmissable, appears to make the vaccines far less effective. If Johnson allows that one in like he did with the Indian variant we could be in big trouble. It will start to spread among the vaccinated.

As if that wasn’t bad enough:

Reports coming in from Israel suggest that the Pfizer vaccine is not as effective as clinical trials indicated. It’s coming in at 64% effective rather than 90% at preventing illness. However, it is still 93% effective at preventing hospitalisation.

Vaccine effectiveness in preventing both infection and symptomatic disease fell to 64% since June 6, the Health Ministry said. At the same time the vaccine was 93% effective in preventing hospitalizations and serious illness from the coronavirus.

Israel sees drop in Pfizer vaccine protection against infections | Reuters

That has big implications for Boris Johnson’s latest gamble. It means that 36% of people vaccinated with Pfizer are still likely to be susceptible to becoming ill. If that is the same with the AstraZeneca and Moderna then we are in real trouble. This strategy of going for herd immunity via allowing the infection rate to go wild will backfire horribly. Even 7% is a very large number of people. Huge numbers could become very ill and the death rate will be enormous.

That certainly has big implications for myself. I shall have to reevaluate my risk factors and address my behaviour accordingly. I shall certainly be a lot more cautious.

This complete opening up is a huge gamble. It goes against all scientific advice and the practice in most countries.

The third jab is becoming available in Autumn, hopefully that will mop up variants and provide a higher level of protection. That might have been the time to open up altogether.

We did this last year didn’t we? We opened up far too soon with all those silly schemes – eat out to help out and back to work. It misfired and set off a second wave that killed tens of thousands and caused millions to suffer long covid. Aren’t we repeating it?

I would open up a little but not all the way. My policy would be:

  1. Work from home if possible
  2. Social distance
  3. Masks indoors
  4. Pubs and restaurants open outside only
  5. Outside events permitted
  6. Inside events with limited capacity, distancing and extra ventilation

At present we are running at 50,000 new cases a day. That will soon accelerate to 100,000. We have a breeding ground for variants. We are pinging away to the death of the economy as millions will have to isolate. We have variants that might evade the vaccine. We have an NHS that they’ve underfunded for a decade and is on its knees. We have huge shortages of NHS staff. The staff are demoralised after being insulted with a pay cut. We have vaccines that might not work as well as hoped.


It’s Groundhog day all over again!! Talk about Deja Vu!!

Aren’t you glad you elected this incompetent clown?????

Stay safe!!

Roy Harper – First Batch of Harper Books Dispatched!!

I had a busy morning signing books, parcelling up and addressing!

I don’t think I’m very good at it!!

The lady in the Post Office wasn’t too pleased to see me and neither were the people behind me in the queue. I just made the post. It was a little fraught.

The good news is that the first batches of books are in the post and should be arriving shortly. Please acknowledge when you get them!
I still have some more copies if anybody else wants me to sign a copy (email me at and they are available at Burning Shed (the publisher’s site) Search – Roy Harper ( and the book will be available from Amazon on July 29th Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) : Opher Goodwin: Books

Cheers Opher – I’m off to have a sit-down!!

Roy Harper book Available!

Great News about the Roy Harper book.

The book is in the process of being shipped to distributors and might be available from Burning Shed as early as next week.

Search – Roy Harper (

The book will be available from Amazon on July 29th

Some other selected bookshops will also stock it.

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) : Opher Goodwin: Books

I have just taken delivery of my first batch of books. I can sign and send out copies on request (cost of book + postage) –

Poetry – A Cosmic Shrug

A Cosmic Shrug

As our green Earth

Delights in life’s birth

Basking in perpetual sun

With warmth and light for everyone

Might finally become aware

Of the parasite lurking there

And with a shrug of lava and ash

Rids itself of this foul rash.

Opher 25.8.2018

If only the planet was alive and conscious of the life that it had given birth to.

If only it became aware of the mess that we humans are making of the world and decided to take action.

If only………..

Poetry – The Mystery of History

The Mystery of History

The mystery of history

In rocks, stones and shards.

Captured in legend

By mystics and bards.

The wisdom of ages.

The lives that are long gone.

Remembered in the landscape;

Revered in poetic song.

Standing in the circle

With the setting of the sun.

Breathing in the ambience

From days when all was one.

The warmth of the stones,

Full of memories and hope;

A living reminder –

The dreams of human scope.

All the mists of time

Now shroud reality

From a distant age

When nature was divinity.

Close to the seasons

Though hard, cruel and true.

When life was simple

And we knew what we should do.

Now in the age of plastic

Where change is the new god;

Where cash is the gospel

We live far from the sod.

Communicating with electricity

Across the wastes of space.

We seem to own everything

But have lost our sense of place.

Opher – 8.7.2021

Fresh back from Cornwall, having stood in the Stone circles, visited coits and Iron Age villages, with a sense of wonder.

Connecting to the past.

Looking out from those rugged places it felt like I was looking through the eyes of my ancestors.

Life was hard but they were in tune with nature and felt at home in the land.

This modern world is all plastic and speed but lacks any connection.

I feel at home in a stone circle. The stones have warmth.

Poetry – Playing Politics

Playing Politics

Playing politics with life.

Playing politics with death.

With Freedom Days and Moonshots

That might just steal our breath.

The variant factory is coming

As the virus jumps with glee

From one new victim to another

And it could be you or me!

All the eggs in one basket!

In the search for popularity!

As scientists are side-lined

Because they do not agree.

So Freedom Day is looming

As the virus cases soar.

Chuck away your masks

We’re cramming through the door.

It’s all fine! Nobody’s dying!

There’s nothing to worry about!

And when it all goes pear-shaped

Guess who will explain it out!

Who could have seen that coming?

Nobody could have done it better.

It wasn’t me who bodged it up

I’ve been following the letter!!

Opher – 6.6.21

Picking and choosing the science that you want!! It’s called politics. Just a matter of popularity and polls.

The truth doesn’t matter. It’s who can tell the biggest lies. Who can brazen it out and get away with it.

We’re in the post-truth era. It’s all propaganda and the biggest showman/conman takes the prize!!

128,000 dead and counting! Ten points clear in the polls.

Job losses, collapsed firms, companies fleeing abroad, buggered economy, oodles of red-tape and tariffs, break-up of the UK, loss of freedoms and costs in tens of billions. Ten points clear in the polls.