It’s 8 am and the eastern wind blows through the deserted high street of Rock Ferry. I haven’t spotted any tumbleweed yet, but with the gathering winter wind, yet to reach full potential; it’s surely just around the corner. I seek shelter and the public house is the preferred choice. Approaching the entrance, I remove my gloves and attempt to open the doors. (more…)
When my mum was alive, she sat in the same chair each night, listening to talk shows on her wireless. She usually had headphones on, turning the volume on her hearing aid to zero; probably to avoid my father’s pointless comments of the day from The Liverpool Echo. (more…)
Ruby, who’s 11, is taking her statutory assessments soon. Sats put pressure on everyone in the school system to perform, and they start the process of weeding and selecting kids to fit with society’s norms. They’re also a big waste of teacher’s and children’s time. (more…)
The ambition of youth, and the realisation of achieving a level of success, must be a satisfying feeling for any musician, actor, artist and so on. China Crisis was formed in Kirkby in 1979 by Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon and, by 1982, was in the single charts with their debut single “African and White”. (more…)
Thank god for the blessing Dove cream has provided,
the world is happy and undivided.
with one application of lovely white cream
everybody non-white lives the ultimate dream.
like turning to daylight from the darkest dark night
all can now say they are purely white.
No more racial tensions down in the ‘hood,
no drive-by shootings filled with blood.
No more lynching of some poor black fellow,
and it doesn’t matter who plays Othello.
No discrimination at work or play,
nothing nasty in what we say.
You’ll never hear the old ‘N’ word,
and even ‘coloured’ is absurd’
Football insults are not as chilling,
‘You white bastard’, is just not fulfilling.
None is said to be ‘half cast’ or even ‘dual’,
to talk like that would make you a fool.
But the police aren’t too happy, their job’s become harder
they can’t look at your skin and immediately charge yer.
Now we’re all living in harmony,
we’re all as happy as we can be.
Every heart is filled with love,
so let’s sing together, All you need is Dove,
All you need is Dove,
All you need is Dove, Dove,
Dove is all you need.
The last Saturday in March and it looked and felt like a glorious Spring day. With due diligence I arrived in town early and enjoyed the sunshine and banter as the other day trippers began to gather. (more…)