By the title of today’s Blog I mean no politics today. Even though this country (UK) has just had a general election, I’m supposed to talk about the opposite. I told my best friend I was writing another Blog and was told ,’That’s fine, but no politics.’ Righteo. So, what’s the hot topic today? No, not the weather. The English like to talk about that but not me. I added a chapter on weather in England in my last book. I felt I had to, but I resisted right up to the time of completion. I just came back from Fish & Chips in a great little place in Welling called The Elite Fish Bar, but that isn’t very interesting either, although the food is excellent, catch of the day and all that.
Day-to-day stuff. What does it mean to anyone but me, or you if it’s your day you’re thinking about? Some of you will have stopped reading about now. ‘Where’s he going with this?’ you ask yourself. Thinking about the day and what happens. Not much today really. My best friend is working from home. I had a guitar student earlier, just before Fish & Chips (with a cup of tea, free with the food….and a gherkin). My student is a little younger that I but is retired due to health problems….the damned Prostate you know. He was a social worker, which in this country is beyond stressful. Every day is precious to him. He loves his guitar lessons, one thing he says he’ll not give up. He’s been coming now for 7 years. Today we worked on 3 songs; Clapton’s ‘Layla’ the acoustic version, ‘More than a Feeling’ by Boston and ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by George Harrison. My student has gone from a mediocre guitarist to a fine musician. He loves to go around to open mic nights at local pubs to perform. It keeps him going.
My best friend is just having a discussion with someone about the election. I’m staying out of it. I promised. Now then, what does the day ahead look like? Wet, but we’re not talking about the weather. I’ll probably finish this piece then watch some TV, go out to my studio and record some tunes with my best friend and come back in for a salad. Just finished some Chinese tea sent to my best friend’s son (the one in the political debate behind me) by a Chinese director who shot a film about Sherlock Holmes here in London for the Chinese market. My best friend’s son is an actor and played Dr. Watson. All English actors for the Chinese cinema. I’d say watch for it, but you’ll probably have to be in Shanghai or the equivalent to see the film. The Chinese tea is excellent. Quite refreshing. We’ll all have to get used to it in the years to come I think.
And that pretty well takes care of my day. Being a Friday, you’d think I would have something more exciting planned for this evening than a salad and some TV, but I’m happy just staying home and relaxing. I still like going out mind you. Usually my best friend works on Fridays and I take the train into London in the afternoon to explore another part of this great city. All the museums are free in London and I take advantage of that and other activities. Then we meet up and go for dinner or just poke about some more. We avoid weekends because the trains have been unreliable lately. Lots of works going on. But today is a stay-in day. Let the party begin….but not until 5pm when my best friend shuts off her work laptop and we get busy….singing our tunes and making our salad.
I’m sure your day has been much more interesting. If not, you’ll understand what I’m all about today. Getting on with life. When I woke up this morning, the first thing on my mind was to go downstairs to check on the election results. But I can’t talk about that. I spent the morning watching the pundits pontificate until my guitar student arrived. We didn’t talk about the elections either. Too much good music to play. You may have detected that I’m having a rather difficult time not speaking about the damned election. But I promised. I think it’s best if I stop right here and wish you all a great weekend and remember your mothers in North America (we already did that in March over here). Now I’ll get on with the rest of my amazing day. But first….
This day is important to a lot of people for many reasons. Robert Johnson, probably one of the greatest Bluesmen ever, was born on this day in 1911. He died as he lived, hard and fast. This is the 128th day of our year, meaning there are only 231 days until Christmas. In 453 BCE The House of Zhao (speaking of China) defeated the House of Zhi in the State of Jin, ending the battle of Jinyang. In 1912 Paramount Pictures was founded. In 1980 on this day, the World Health Organisation confirmed the eradication of Smallpox. This day in 1984 the Thames Barrier was officially opened. Tom of Finland was born the 8th of May 1920 and my favourite TV environmental documentarian, David Attenborough, was also born today in 1926. He is still with us too. And, this is World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day. Wear your pins with pride.
Before I go, I must say this. Lest we forget, it is VE Day here in Europe. Victory in Europe, 70 years ago, when the Allied forces defeated the Nazis and ended that form of Fascism in Europe. That isn’t politics on this day. It is a day of remembrance. It is one of the reasons we maintain Democracies as best we can….to preserve the peace. The world would fight on in the Far East for another 3 months before it was all over and VJ Day was celebrated in August of 1945. Sobering still. Kind of makes my day a little more sacred and a lot more meaningful.