Today’s Music to keep me SANE in Isolation – The White Stripes

I thought I needed a bit of energy today. The White Stripes are quite a strange duo. Drums and raw electric guitar. There was something raw and earthy that I liked about them. They had energy. I saw them live in Bridlington and they really rocked.

So today I will play some White Stripes.

Poetry – The Silly Bleeder

The Silly Bleeder


‘Build! Build! Build!’

The windbag roars –

A cheerleader

Who thinks he’s a leader.


His mind set on the economy

‘Bounce forward’

She urges –

The silly bleeder.


But his big promises

Are just rhetoric,

Without finance

As a job seeder.


Pouring money into the pockets

Of his profiteering


For he’s an elite feeder.


Opher – 30.6.2020

USA – Death Toll from Covid 19 greater than 1st World War, Afghanistan and Iraq combined!

Just out of interest I was taking a look at USA fatalities from recent wars to compare with Covid 19 deaths.

Covid 19 has killed, as of today, 128,857 people.

That is considerably more than the 1st World War, Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

It is nearly 30,000 more than all that were killed in Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq all rolled into one!

And Covid 19 is undergoing a surge. There will be many more thousands of casualties to come!

WW1 – 116,516 deaths

WW2 – 405,399 deaths

Korea – 36,516 deaths

Vietnam – 58,209 deaths

Iraq – 4,497 deaths

Afghanistan – 2,216 deaths

If Trump continues to be so useless at controlling this outbreak it is quite conceivable that the USA death count will exceed the number killed in the Second World War.

For me, that demonstrates the gravity of the crisis. From the lack of social distancing and attitudes of some of the population, particularly in the Southern States, I’m not sure that the message has gotten across. Some still seem to believe it’s a hoax or only some kind of minor flu. Some seem to think that hydroxychloroquine or vitamin D will stave it off. I bet there are still some who believe they can drink bleach!

The truth is that we do not have anything that prevents it or cures it. Many people become infected without any problems, many get relatively minor symptoms, but a sizeable number require hospitalisation, oxygen, ventilators and many of those unfortunate people die.

Stay safe. Socially distance, Isolate and wash your hands.

Today’s Music to keep me SANE in Isolation – The Tom Robinson Band.

They were one of the most political bands to come out of the Punk Movement. I found them very exhilarating and superb live!

So today I’m playing Tom Robinson!

We’re in those days again – better decide which side you’re on!

Poetry – We Are The ERG!

We Are The ERG! (European Research Group)


We are the ERG!

A bunch of Tory loonies!

We are the ERG!

Equivalent of the Moonies!


We are the ERG!

Ruling the Tory Party!

We are the ERG!

We’re not arty farty!


We are the ERG!

Happy extremists!

We are the ERG!

Foaming mouth nationalists!


We are the ERG!

We’ve got all the power!

We are the ERG!

This is our finest hour!


Opher – 24.6.2020

Poetry – Batman and Robin

Batman and Robin


A Bullingdon boy windbag

All enthusiasm and bluff.

Lacking in substance;

Doing it off the cuff!


Master of the soundbites

And meaningless slogan;

Empty promises from Cummings

The Machiavellian shogun.


Conning all the people

With jollity and fun.

One of the lads –

Making a fool of everyone!


A cunning manipulator

Working the Goebbels remit:

Repeat a lie often enough

And the people will believe it.


A buffoon and a clown

Shambling under a haystack.

An over-privileged nincompoop

Hiding under the Union Jack.


Opher – 24.6.2020

Poetry – Johnson’s Snake Oil – an oven-ready deal!

Johnson’s Snake Oil – an oven-ready deal!


Buy Johnson’s Snake Oil here!

It isn’t dear!

You can trust me

Two for the price of three!

It’s for real!

An oven-ready deal!

I’m no cheater;

It’s a world beater!

Cummings brewed it

The cunning git.

Says it’ll cure anything –

From impotence to golfer’s swing.

Buy Johnson’s Snake Oil here!

It isn’t dear!

You can trust me

Two for the price of three!


Opher – 24.6.2020

Today’s Music to keep me SANE in Isloation – Richard and Mimi Farina

Mimi Farina was Joan Baez’s sister. Richard was quite a character – a complete rebel. He’d gone off to Cuba to fight for the revolution. He first married Carolyn Hester then divorced her and married the seventeen year old Mimi.

Richard was a hard living man. He played Appalachian dulcimer and wrote songs. He also wrote a novel – Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me – which is quite good. Mimi and Richard played together in Greenwich Village, were signed to Vanguard and released three albums (one posthumously). They were good friends with the emerging Dylan and had the potential to be massive.

Unfortunately Richard was killed in a motorbike accident just days after the release of his book. So much potential. Mimi and Richard created such a unique sound. I loved them.

So today I will play Richard and Mimi and think about what might have been


Populism, Conspiracy theories and Antivaccers – Debate

I think the whole movement of anti-science, anti-experts and anti-vaccination is a nonsense.

This all started in America with a bunch of religious nuts who refused to believe anything in science from evolution to the Big Bang.

Then it was fuelled by all of that conspiracy garbage – we never landed on the moon, the holocaust didn’t happen, the CIA blew up the twin towers. The list goes on. When we had the flat earth society we used to think it was a bit of fun but there are millions of Americans who actually believe that stuff.

The Populists have been exploiting all this in their mad divide and rule. They’ve been feeding it. First they were pumping out all this undermining of government establishment and big brother scare – drain the swamp – and that all the media pumps out fake news (they are the only ones who can be believed) and that experts always get it wrong, so their is no global warming, no overpopulation, no species diversity problem (so they can continue to pollute and chop down trees to make more money). The irony is that these populist dorks are  the Big Business establishment that they were warning everyone about. Talk about irony.

The end result is that nobody trusts government, they think all politicians are lying, cheating, greedy bastards – in it for themselves (some are) and we do not trust any expert or scientist – which is plain daft (the average person has limited knowledge – as can be seen with Trump advocating taking useless dangerous drugs, injecting disinfectant and using UV inside your body to kill the virus – nuts).

I have a cynicism of politics and always keep an eye on how the Big Companies use science but experts know more than me on subjects, I don’t think the earth is flat and I think we evolved and weren’t created.

I think Big Business is using politics, the media is a propaganda machine and the establishment rules. But we do have to keep things in proportion. I don’t think the government is trying to micromanage us or follow our every move. It’s not Big Brother. The establishment is people like Trump.

What do you think???