Leeds United: Premier League to Football League Supporter

As you can see from my 1987/88 diary and this blog football was a big part of my life from childhood. That’s one of the reasons people thinking they are a big influence on me late in life annoy me so much. I had a big thirty years of life before coming to Leeds, from being moved from Jersey to  a damp one-parent family council flat where I became asthmatic to travelling to all the populated continents on a shoestring. I learnt a lot at university, and am still learning all the time, with my day-job good for technology and keeping me on my toes, balancing out my coffilosophy deep thought here. Some of the women have inspired some of my feminism, although only added to others before them, and some of my uni friends influenced my appreciation of the British countryside. I’d been hiking around the world before, but hadn’t bothered much in the U.K., trying to be as much of a ‘townie’ as possible when living in the countryside! I’m willing to provide appreciation and thanks to other people, but retract it if they take it the wrong way (such as sexually when it’s not), claim credit for my coffilosophical writing, or don’t consider themselves to have benefitted from knowing me (such as thinking themselves inherently above me). I think the ‘nice’ people have kept me on a ‘good path’, but sometimes think it’s the wrong one, and a dead end, and that I’d be better off deeply embedded with my ‘real demographic’.

Early Influences on Writing

As I’ve written before I dropped out of school in the second year of secondary school, losing interest and increasing rebelliousness, becoming quite politically aware for my age, mixed with the country seeming in turmoil, especially for the working-class. I only wanted to be a footballer anyway, so didn’t think school had any benefit; especially as it was totally focused on rugby union, which I also enjoyed playing, but preferred football.

Rather than schoolwork I preferred reading football and music papers and magazines, as well as The Unexplained: looking back, it’s probably a sign of ADHD, or maybe Asperger’s, having watched a Chris Packham (inspiration for greenYgrey nature correspondent Chris Packwolf!) documentary about his life with a mild form of it. I hope to focus more on that documentary in the near future.

While the first inspiration for my writing goes back to my earliest teaching to read and write, and the books such as Rupert the Bear that probably influenced the greenYgrey, the first big influence was probably the comics I used to read, and during good storylines, used to wait eagerly in anticipation for the next thrilling episode.

I still remember some of those characters. As ‘Hot Shot’ Lorimer played for Leeds, there was a Hamish ‘Hot Shot’ Balfour who played for Princes Park in Scotland; ‘Nipper’ Lawrence who grew up on the backstreets to play for Blackport and of course Roy Race of Melchester Rovers; I recently read the latter’s making another comeback!

Here’s some evidence of my early creativity, inspired and instructed by comics, at the ‘height of my childhood’, born in 1965, so probably the first Olympics and World Cup that I fully knew what was going on, and could watch fully; that’s what I guess now anyway, as they do seem the special ones, although I remember earlier ones:

 

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Leeds United Supporter Career

Growing up in south-west/mid Wales, everybody supports a big team, with Swansea the closest team to the town I lived in, fifty miles away. They were a lower league team in my childhood, so had no supporters amongst my age group that I knew; some had them as a ‘second team’, and took more interest when they reached Division One.

There were lots of Leeds fans, as they were one of the biggest clubs, and as I was more into football than most, I considered myself a Division One Leeds supporter. However, as I played every weekend, I was just an armchair fan.

That changed in 1985 when a friend with ties to the Swindon area asked if I wanted to go to the Swindon v Leeds F.A. Cup replay on February 3rd, 1987 (Footballsite date: I haven’t got a statto brain like a Leeds fan I saw on T.V. that can remember all such stats). I of course jumped at the chance, and four of us went to the game, which Leeds won 2-1 thanks largely to a heroic display by Mervyn Day in the Leeds goal.

I left to travel in August, 1987, and was away for nearly four years apart from a couple of months. I was then home for about two and a half years, and saw a few Leeds games as they returned to the glory days for a few years under Howard Wilkinson.

After returning in June, 1991, in the 1991-92 last Division One champions season I saw Leeds draw 1-1 at Everton on February 23rd and in my first game at Elland Road 0-0 at home to West Ham on March 28th (Wikipedia) (I’d remembered the Norwich game below as my first home one until now!).

In the 1992-93 season I saw Leeds beat Manchester City 1-0 on March 13th (Premier League).

We lost 0-4 to a great Norwich side on Saturday August 21st, 1993 in the 1993/94 season (Sky Sports), but then equalled it with a win, 4-0 v the Wimbledon crazy gang on October 3rd in the same season (Sky Sports).

Leeds Fan Distant Fantasy and City Reality

I left for the Americas later that autumn, and after returning the next autumn enrolled in an access course, and after completing it in 1995 was accepted by the University of Leeds.

I had a season ticket the first year, but then started working there, and I think saw every game over the next decade, when there was lots of glory without quite winning anything, but I did go to Wembley to see the League Cup final in my first season, and the Champions League semi-final season.

After gambling on regular Champions League football, and off-field distractions, there was unfortunately a big slump that has partially ended, with promotion from Division One to the Championship, and the early season was looking good, briefly leading the league, but not the last few games.

I write this having already achieved a winning season for my 5 games minimum: winning 4-1 v Port Vale, 5-1 v Newport and 2-0 v Brum; I also had a ticket for the 5-0 win v Burton but a ferry cancellation meant I didn’t make it, but I was there in seat and spirit!

Although I thought of myself as a Premier League Leeds supporter before arriving in the city, unfortunately I don’t feel like one any more, although I am still a keen follower. I’m not from Leeds or Yorkshire (although I found out after arriving that my Latham name is!), and don’t really want to go to every game like some fan(atics) do.

That’s probably partly down to the team not doing that well, the way football has gone in the last twenty years and my age too. If Leeds were doing well, it was still cheap to go, and I didn’t have other interests, such as this writing, I probably would want to go all the time!?

I feel able to write this with Leeds in a mini-slump, in the hope that it motivates the team to return to form for a tough schedule of four games in ten days. Good luck!

Like Peter Ridsdale, I nearly took Leeds United to the top of the world, after wearing the shirt for the whole of my Jiri to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m [17,575 ft]-high peak) trek in 1999:

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Leeds United: Lorimer to Cantona Traveller

I was born in 1965 and started supporting Leeds United in 1970. They were one of the biggest clubs in the country at the time, and would go on to be a legendary one until Don Revie left to manage England in 1974. I can’t remember much about those seasons, apart from the two F.A. Cup finals.

Peter Lorimer and Eric Cantona, Leeds United Footballers

Peter ‘Hot Shot’ Lorimer was one of the star players and best known, because he was renowned for having the best shot and scoring spectacular goals, kind of like the David Beckham or Lionel Messi of his time; before European football was televised much in Britain; or Kevin De Bruyne in the Premier League at the moment.

Uncannily, not only was Lorimer my favourite footballer, but I think he looked a bit like me too… and Eric Cantona when at Leeds!

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From Lorimer to Cantona there was a decade and a half of strife. I listened to Leeds win promotion back into Division One on top of Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong in 1990. In 1991 I returned home on the Trans-Siberian from Beijing, via the Soviet Union (as it was then). I continued on the train to Prague in Czechoslovakia (before it divided), Budapest in Hungary and Berlin in Germany (recently united), before hitching back to Britain from there (taking a day to reach the port, Calais I think).

So I was back for the 1991/92 season, when Leeds won the last Division One title, with the help of controversial midfield/forward, Eric Cantona. He inspired my haircut, and I used to play with the number 2 shirt for my local team, as Cantona did, even though I was a centre forward at the time.

I also liked the fact that he tried to be an artist and  philosopher, providing a bridge to the ‘counter-culture’ I also liked. My favourite rugby union player of my childhood was also a Frenchman (maybe my Jersey birthplace influence), Jean-Pierre Rives, a ferocious tackler in my favourite position of flanker. I didn’t know what happened to him after he retired from rugby until looking him up during the writing of XaW Files, and found out he was also an artist!

Here’s some photos I consider my most Cantonaesque (and Lorimer) from my next travel to the Americas in 1993/94, when Leeds United’s resurgence also inspired me to take a replica shirt!:

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Day in the Life of a Worker-Traveller: October 16th, 1987, and 30 Years Later…

As I wrote my blog about travel heaven and hell on Monday morning, October 16th, I thought there was a strange sepia glow around, but put it down to city lights still being on or something, and didn’t think much about it. I wouldn’t have gone out if it hadn’t been forecast to be the last warm day of a spell of mild weather over the weekend. I went out for the forecasted brightest time in the early afternoon, but wondered why when I got out, as it was all cloud and wet on the ground. I think it was also eerily quiet, as somebody said on T.V. later, but I didn’t really notice that much at the time, or think it was for any particular reason.

Prophecy or Coincidence?

However, after I’d walked east five minutes along the canal towpath I saw the sun poking through the thick grey cloud, and it looked the pinky orange some other people also saw, and that was mentioned on the Yorkshire ITV weather report later. My decade-long website theme was the greenygrey, and towards the end it developed a PinkyOrangePurple twilight times theme after a sun-inspired ascent of the middle greenygrey Y: greenYgrey. Together the colour combinations were abbreviated to gYgPOP. The scene I saw on Monday was like a ggPO, with the classic greenygrey landscape lit up by a PinkyOrange sun; not looking Yellow!

This image of the scene accompanying an MSN story, of sun and Liver Bird in Liverpool, does look fully gYgPOP, with the human constructions providing the green and grey!:

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When I sat down the sky was all grey cloud apart from a thin band of blue on the western horizon. Within half an hour the sky had cleared, and was nearly all blue.

I thought that it was quite a coincidence, and would have looked a bit like Jesus parting the sea if there were any disciples around; and much better than King Cnut and the tide, although he was of course demonstrating that he couldn’t overcome nature.

30 Years Storm Anniversary

It was weird that it happened thirty years to the day after Britain’s worst storm of the twentieth century, and is said to have been partly caused by the Ophelia storm that was happening in parts of Britain and Ireland that day bringing dust up from the south, scattering the blues and greens of the sun’s light spectrum, leaving the reddish ones to dominate.

That’s the scientific explanation, and as I’ve been an advocate for science over the last decade I’m happy to go along with it. I’m also happy to let ‘red’ get most of the descriptions, although pink and orange were more accurate, as there were negatives from Ophelia, as all storms, and some of the dust was thought to have been from deadly wildfires in Portugal and Spain.

Leeds got a bit windy – stormy in the night, but escaped the brunt of the storm. I also missed the 1987 storm, as I’d reached Crete by then, and had started my life as a worker-traveller in a village called Pirgos, going to a certain café where employers knew casual workers hung out. October 16th was quite a landmark day in my W-T career, as I started a longish term job that day. Here’s my diary for that day, and some of the previous one:

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Jack Kerouac – Inspired Travel Writer Photo

A few posts ago I wrote of being inspired by Jack Kerouac, and here’s a photo from my travels in 1998 that I think is most reminiscently representative:

Kid Kerouac

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I think I’m more Neal Cassady!:

For homophobic people, I am and was inspired by Beat travel and writing, and the freedom they found, but which ultimately killed them. I pushed myself to the edge in travel, writing and booze.

Women v Booze: Sean Hughes

I didn’t know who Sean Hughes was when I read he’d died yesterday, at 51. I watched Never Mind the Buzzcocks a bit years ago, but hadn’t watched it for ages.

Reading his obituary this morning on MSN I related to him saying relationships hadn’t worked out for him, and he’d concentrated on his art – work.

That’s kind of the attitude I’ve had over the last decade, although as I’ve written, I’m open to offers from slim (size 8ish) beautiful feminine unattached women who really want to be with me, preferably blonde or brunette, with the goldlilocks age of 21-40.

I write the above as much to deter or prove wrong those women (and men) who don’t fall into that category, but try to make out I’m interested in them; often because they see me or share my space, however reluctantly on my part!

Sean Hughes died from cirrhosis of the liver, like Kerouac, showing that women can be a better option than booze for men; but I think only if they are well suited, otherwise they can be an inspiration to booze even more!

Funny Feminism

Reminding me that I used to joke I was a Battersby-Duckworth feminist, referring to Les Battersby and Jack Duckworth, the Coronation Street characters who were famous for being skiving house-husbands, and letting their wives do most of the work, thus being the biggest breadwinners of the family, in line with real feminist thinking.

It was only a joke though, and I don’t really want a wife like Janice or Vera, although I liked them as characters, and would probably like them as friends or workmates in real life, if they accepted me as a mate or colleague, and not an admirer.

Actresses, musicians or models… or even successful businesswomen… in the Goldilocks zone would be a different matter…

My photos are just to rehumanise me, after being dehumanised by polite society for becoming a doctor of philosophy from a chav background in Blighty. My books are my main reason for blogging, but I heard the Instagram bookshelf is the most important book-buying reason now, so thought I needed some more imagery!:

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Travel Extremes Experiences Epitomised by Two Families

This weekend I saw two travelling families on television, and they seemed to epitomise the travel experience extremes you could have. I try not to preach, just to relay my experiences and interpretations of those experiences, and further knowledge I encounter. When I set off on my youthful travels I was into heavy metal and rock, and had a similar outlook to Twisted Sister in this video (I saw them at the Reading Festival in 1982, where they got a lot of missiles thrown at them, but I liked them!)

I’m probably closer to the father’s ideology now; need military and strength to protect the ‘free world’ from Islamism (Communism for him, and returned to top of agenda by Trump and North Korea; I used to be a socialist idealist in youth, but have since lost faith in the majority of humanity!); but try to remember my youthful mind outlook, and how I felt about the world then.

As I’ve written before, epitomised by the characters of MacKay and Barrowclough in classic British sitcom Porridge; I don’t know if writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais meant to highlight that problem, but guess they do; the nice people are usually taken advantage of by those they try to help; highlighted on a national level by Britain trying to be nice in the New Labour years, only for there to be grooming of British children epidemic, as well as phone fraud robbing vulnerable people of their life savings; not to mention all the benefits fraud and compensation culture draining the nation’s resources.

Battle of Ives

While some of those who’ve used their power to bully me over my lifetime would probably like to be compared to MacKay, I really think they are more like ‘Horrible’ Ives; Wikipedia: Bernard “Horrible” Ives is a creep, a cheat and a snitch, universally loathed (and indeed victimised) by the other residents (and Warders) of Slade Prison.

In contrast, I think they try to depict me as the Ives. Because I have resisted their bullying, and criticised their grooming, they depict me as the ‘horrible’ one, rather than the heroic rebel; an image they try to keep for themselves, even though they are the ones in power!

For example, academics may seem quite high up in society, with positions of power and responsibility, but a lot of them still felt like rebels against the system, and understandably didn’t want to work any more than they were paid to do. However, some went further than that, ‘rebelling’ by grooming students, or not seeming to do much work at all!

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Travel Hell: Taliban Rapists and Child Murderers

The Taliban and I.S. hatred of women and the West seemed to be epitomised by the Canadian couple who travelled to Afghanistan while the woman was pregnant. They were more religious pilgrims than normal travellers, but their decision still seems amazing to me. If he’d gone on his own, it wouldn’t seem so crazy, but with a pregnant wife!

While I’m glad they were rescued, by Pakistan forces, who are also mostly Muslim, providing balance, and showing I don’t think all ‘Muslims’ are bad, the wife had been raped by their Taliban captors, providing them with a ‘sex slave’ for their superiority complexes.

While their use of his wife was expected, they also murdered a baby daughter, and not sons also born there, probably showing their contempt for females (I don’t know the exact reason).

While the majority of serial killers are supposed to be white, groups like I.S. and the Taliban are like whole cultures of serial killers targeting females, and yet like serial killers often attract female accomplices, I.S. manage to groom females onto their side, such as notorious Sally Jones and other white Europeans!

Travel Heaven: Argentinian Travelling Family

In contrast, a couple who left Argentina for six months and have been travelling for seventeen years, having four children, reached Britain this week, and spoke of their joyous experience during their journey around the world.

They have also been to some countries that look dangerous, but I guess they didn’t go to the most dangerous parts.

Sometimes I went to ‘dangerous’ places for a buzz or to test myself, where there were conflicts going on, or bordering them, but it was probably no more dangerous really than living in Britain during all the terrorist threats of my lifetime.

By writing the way I have over the last decade I’ve felt I’ve increased that threat, but have had just as much negativity from ‘my side’ (Britain, liberal – left [formerly, but still on animal welfare and environment!] and especially women – working-class) as those I’ve been mostly criticising.

The latter have probably (definitely in some cases) been stirring up the former with spin or lies, making them think I’m anti-them instead of pro-them, filling those with little general knowledge or interest in current affairs with bollocks, and now I’m so far in the middle I hardly feel it’s worth writing – but maybe that’s good for my writing, in a journalistic way anyway!

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Mimi Beyond Me Me Coffilosophy

When I saw a news report about Mimi Anderson setting off on her latest endurance challenge I thought her accomplishments and ambitions were amazing, and it reminded me of Jane Tomlinson, who inspired me to take up long-distance running in 2003.

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Although she is slim and blonde I have no interest in her sexually as I know her now. That could have been different under different circumstances, in a different time, but as I write this here and now, my only interest in her is as an impressive endurance athlete.

It is better for women that they accept that, but some it seems an insult. They’d rather think that all men are powerless to resist all women; preferring serial cheats and womanisers, like Russell Brand; as long as they’re not going out with them anyway!; to men who try and show that men don’t have to be like that; usually they are like that because they choose to be, or think they can be, and get away with it!

It is also better for gay men to accept me and others like me as liberal minded heterosexuals, rather than trying to out me, and make me into just another gay man supporting gay rights, because it’s in my own interest!

Once the ‘minorities’ or ‘under- privileged’ think they’ve got a ‘majority’ they seem to just start acting like power-crazed ideology-fascists like the traditional white upper classes they’ve been rebelling against since the 1950s. I was a part of that rebellion for about twenty years, but then when I look like the people I was rebelling against the new rebels start rebelling against me: I was quite similar to oh J.C. (Jeremy Corbyn; in political outlook rather than sexual taste!), but now the left reek of ignorance, prejudice and hypocrisy.

Mimi and Me

While most women seem to think I want to be with them, or doing their jobs, I would much rather be running across the U.S.A. like Mimi Anderson. It seems our endurance careers were quite parallel in starting age and time, but Mimi’s done much more and better than me.

From the bio on her run U.S.A. website she started in 2000, aged 36, and is now 53.

I started in 2003, aged 37, and ended last year in Latvia and Leeds aged 50.

Mimi has done much more than me, and probably has a natural ability higher than mine. She probably has a lot more support than me, and a lot less negativity. Mimi is collecting for a couple of charities: Marie Curie and Free to Run.

I could probably have done a lot more if I’d had the motivation; for myself and my demographic; but I was delighted to achieve my ambition of running a marathon every three years until 50, and adding an ultra-marathon just before the end.

There are many men from my demographic who have done more than I could have and received media coverage anyway, such as Tony ‘The Fridge’ Phoenix-Morrison, who did 40 marathons in 40 days with a fridge with a weight of 42 bricks on his back.

My Charity Ambitions were/are Genuine

I was delighted to hear on the news this morning that Premier League footballer Wilfrid Zaha gives 10% of his money to charity, after fellow professional Juan Mata had called on his colleagues to give 1%.

The news story I saw showed Mimi leaving with a big bag full of coffee sachets, and she is still doing well. I hope she achieves her current ambition and many more.

My running lost me most of my muscles and bulk, but improved my breathing and health. A decade ago I ran my first marathon without taking the asthma inhaler beforehand, and also while camping in a tent in the Arctic Circle for a week before and after it. My ‘day-job company’ thankfully gave me £500 for the Jane Tomlinson charity, showing how the ‘corporate world’ can be much more generous than the ‘counterculture’, which is often very individually greedy and selfish, sometimes due to the poverty of living freely, although not-for-profits can be good and beneficial when run well, and not for the high salaries of the organisers!

Sorry if this blog post looks like I’ve got a cross/chip on my shoulder, and thanks to all those who supported me in my running years, and those who support the events! I’d like to join you, but don’t think I’m a ‘nice’ enough person; not in still-classist/reverse-sexist/reverse-racist modern Blighty anyway!!

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How ‘Powerful Men’ Control Masses and Women

Over the last fifteen years I seem to have been intermittently at war with powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, and the masses (students, workers and readers) have nearly always sided with them.

Russell Brand

Although Russell Brand had no further education when he launched his Revolution, and I’d spent ten years at university, graduating with a PhD, he was considered worthy of listening to, and even considered one of the most important thinkers of our time.

When the Revolution never got off the ground Brand is welcomed back into the mainstream media world as if nothing happened. Women consider him a revolutionary feminist, despite his Weinstein-style womanising, and never mentioning the grooming scandal, or even expressing any sorrow or regret for the terror attacks in London or the rest of Britain.

Workplace

As Jane Fonda said in her interview yesterday, the Weinstein boss is more the ubiquitous norm, and that’s the experience I’ve had. The managers usually control the debate, and my image in the workplace, as they’re there much more than me, and can spend hours on the telephone stirring and demonising; as well as gossiping and grooming.

They can do the same with customers in shops, and often live locally to the area they work in, whereas lower ranked workers are just visiting and passing through to work and there for less time. This refers more to my experiences in previous marketplaces I’ve worked in, with the city centre providing a more balanced location.

University 

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Enjoying Christmas dinner in my undergraduate house, when I still felt ‘normal’

 

The two Heads of Department when I was doing my PhD were apparently acting like the stereotypical Weinstein boss. One got engaged to his student/secretary after a conference in Hawaii and chaperoning her, and her him, in lectures and seminars. The other staff members congratulated them, and she acted like the cat who’d got the cream, as if knowing she’d won a great prize. And she was right, fast-tracked to Professor.

When I complained I was considered either jealous of him or her.

In reality, I would have liked a good academic job at the start of my PhD, but had decided to finish as soon as possible and get out after I wasn’t upgraded straight away after the first year (when I had much less supervision than I should have, and nearly all with a trainee supervisor doing her first one, as my main one was the first Head of Department; the main examiner was the second one!), and my appeal took nearly two years to process.

She was a borderline for romance, nothing more.

Demonising the Whistleblower

Although the above are all personal, and influenced by my upbringing in the 1980s, when socialism and unions were still strong, and workers still had rights, I’ve had all kinds of demonisations thrown at me; I presume originating by those in power.

The Russell Brand fans seem to think I’m jealous of him, and/or that I’m an old right-winger, in the way of their colour Revolution! They think Islamism is the cool revolutionary thing, inspired by women who cover up, while their Saudi sisters are trying to go the other way, and other women around the world are losing their freedoms and rights to Islamism. They include white British girls of the Jordan (Katie Price) generation who only know grooming and gratification; monetary value is all, care and consideration is creepy.

Workplace managers work the staff and locals against me either by saying I’m not really one of them; a full-time company worker for staff, or a local-to-the-area person for customers. While I don’t mind those, as they are true, they also lie and spin to increase their hold on the workplace, and lessen my popularity: I don’t like the area, I don’t support the local team, I don’t like their nationality/ethnicity, I only complain because I’m a competitor for their job/grooming target, I’m interested in them sexually etc.

I think the same or similar was true in university, but they put me complaining and leaving more down to not liking the university, or because I didn’t like the city, or the class system. The latter was partially true, as I wanted to research how multiculturalism was diminishing class equality, and especially the grooming scandal that was still simmering under the surface at the time, and which would continue for another decade. I was never offered a job, as some people seem to think.

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I must admit I was looking for such scandals, being a 1960s-inspired critical theorist, but I thought the scandal and power control attitudes were only at the top, and that the masses were generally critical. Unfortunately, I’ve found the attitudes are ingrained in British and Irish culture, and that the ‘new cultures’ of multiculturalism are just as bad or worse.

Moreover, the Jordan generation seem likely to be as bad or worse, mixing the worst aspects of traditional power, Brand sexploitation and the paedophilic sexism of ‘new cultures’. The old union jobs are dying, and they are being replaced by zero contract style jobs, with no rights, and applicants forced into a ‘get the job at any costs’ outlook.

Can a bright brave new world like women are calling for after the Weinstein scandal emerge in such a culture. Not if the majority of students and workers are going to put their university or workplace brand first, and people second; and listen to the bollocks spoken by their great leaders as they try to groom them!

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Harvey Weinstein, Russell Brand, British Hierarchy, Africa and the Male Norm

Russell Brand was recently in the media saying he’s skint because he’s given so much money away, being such a nice man, yet his new book is called Recovery! The last print interview I saw of his he was happy boating in posh Henley!! After his previous book was called Revolution, with masked Anonymouses (Anonymi?) calling him to lead them in a physical revolution against Westminster, maybe the third in Russell’s three Rs trilogy will be a Malcolm McLaren’s Sex Pistols-style Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle admission: Rip-Off or Rubbish.

Apparently, according to the news today, people mainly buy books to show them off on Instagram anyway!

Russell Brand and Harvey Weinstein

I don’t know if Russell Brand worked with Harvey Weinstein, but I’m sure Weinstein would have admired Brand, and therefore given him work. Brand apparently seemed like the next Jimmy Savile to some critics around him during his Revolution, but he was still worshipped and lauded by the Left and mainstream media, even though he’d obviously just read a bit of Chomsky to anybody who’d studied politics and international relations at university.

Since I complained about the Harvey Weinstein type hierarchy I’ve come into contact with my work has dried up, and I’m still in dispute with my university department over a decade after graduating.

While men treat you as either a homosexual threat or a gender traitor, some women also treat you as a weirdo if you don’t act like the Weinstein – Brand too; like the male sexist cliché to being rejected by a woman of ‘she must be a lesbian’; a tight gay b*****d if you’re not trying to buy and bed them, with continuous compliments!

When British and European men try to treat them with more care and consideration they go looking for a ‘real man’ in other cultures and races!

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While the British media loves to cover American black rights protests it has ignored mine against class prejudice and sexual exploitation at university and in work – some of it with the support of the ‘multicultural majority’, who consider ‘white trash’ like me in the way of their ‘revolution’.

Has Russell Brand ever complained about the U.K.’s twenty years grooming scandal, or voiced any other such concerns about sexploitation in the media or anywhere? I don’t know of any. Comparing himself favourably in bed to then chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne was about the height of his class-gender protest I can remember! Yet he’s serenaded as a great male feminist by Loose Women etc.

While there seem to be daily news reports of American black rights protests, there are very few about women crime victims, or the ‘white trash’ who are also suffering – giving a racist polarised view of what is really a gun and violence problem affecting all. While I don’t agree with unnecessary police violence against anyone, I saw a documentary about it earlier in the year that showed white people were also getting killed by trigger-happy police (understandable at times in the violent society they work), yet they hardly ever feature on news reports. As reported after the Las Vegas shooting, there were 15,000 gun deaths in the U.S.A. last year: 300 a week.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Symbols, Africa, Caribbean etc

As immigration from Africa and Asia has increased in the U.K., so has gun crime, gang violence and sexual exploitation such as grooming; it’s not all down to immigration of course, and has always been a part of our society. I’d like to write all the world’s problems are down to Islamists, but it is not, as a horrific story from the Congo in the news today reports.

I know that’s an extreme case, but Africa is not the idyllic paradise some Africans like to make out. I’ve seen some Africans on T.V. recently wearing Africa jewellery. Lynyrd Skynyrd were criticised for displaying a Southern flag on stage, but Africans in the U.K. can wear geographical Africa jewellery as if it’s a shining example of human rights! That’s where all the people are trying to escape from!

One African woman in a debate about contraception and the Catholic Church’s opposition to it; note the Pope was this week saying Europe should do more for refugees – refugees partly caused by overpopulation because he and his church oppose birth control! – said African women weren’t going to listen to the West’s call for birth control.

Yet they expect Europe and the West to act as a release valve for overpopulation! We’ve left Africa and Asia (colonies) because that’s what they said they wanted, but now a lot of Africa and Asia seems to want to come to Europe, and especially cold wet Blighty! If you believe in a monotheistic god then you should be willing to die for it, and go to heaven or paradise; if you believe in your continent and race, then you should stay and fight for it. I know that is impossible for some people, but not all the boat-loads risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean.

I think black lives matter, but I also think that the group of that name can seem selfish, and ignores the rest of the people, such as women and white working-class, who are also victims; sometimes of the police, and sometimes of non-white people; not to mention the Native Americans whose country it really is; or the Latin Americans, Chinese and Asians who work hard and seem under-represented.

As I said a decade ago, British society and media seems to focus 90% of its prejudice focus on white against non-white racism, largely ignoring white and women victims. That’s why the white children grooming scandal went uncovered for twenty years, and why we seem to be heading towards an Africa-America social dystopia rather than a Scandinavian utopia (before all their immigration anyway – although a lot of it was apparently mythical anyway!).

It seems as if when non-white people complain about whites they are called justified heroes, when whites do the same about non-whites they are called racists!

I suffered racism and prejudice around the world while travelling, although that was dwarfed by all the good experiences, but then when I went to university in my own country I was treated as some kind of redneck who’d just arrived in the city from the hills, and needed some prejudice to get me in line – often by non-whites and their leftie-liberal supporters – who hate white western society, with Jewishness a particular bane; I’m not Jewish, but like with the Nazis nose-measuring, looks count, and they ignore or don’t know about all the great Britons in history with big noses(we even used to be known as the long-noses) or those around the Mediterranean (like Yasser Arafat for example)!

The anti-Nazi left seem to support all the opponents of Britain and the West (and Serbs, Buddhists and Hindus) such as Ireland and the Arabs, without knowing, or ignoring, that the majority of Irish and Arabs were in fact allies of the Nazis in World War Two; admittedly allied in opposition to their common enemies rather than necessarily ideological.

Gender and Race

Scandinavia always dominates the best gender, sexuality environmental and media freedom league tables, as the greenygrey world map below shows on politics, yet it hardly ever enters the news and current affairs coverage, which is nearly always dominated by Africa and the Middle-East, along with our immigration (apart from some Europeans in recent years), and the increasing claims (and instances) of ‘racism’ that mass immigration almost inevitably brings.

The more immigrants we welcome, the more racist we’ll look – with Grenfell a disaster waiting to happen.

While the British media seem to think they are doing their duty focusing on white racism, the flip side is that they omit racism against whites, and especially women; and that other prejudices such as gender obviously lose out, and are therefore likely to go backwards in society – towards Africa, Asia and the Middle-East rather than Scandinavia.

While the media focuses on white racism, ‘minority gender crimes’ such as female genital mutilation go largely unreported, and while there have been many prosecutions for white race crimes (increasing since Islamist atrocity crimes provoked retaliation) there’s been none for FGM!

Race matters, but gender doesn’t?

If Quentin Tarantino isn’t involved in the Harvey Weinstein scandal maybe he could make a movie about white slavery now to balance out the good movie, Django Unchained, as I think such Hollywood movies provide a foundation for black victimhood and white shame-hate.

It might help prevent Jihadis like Sally Jones, or Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless exclaiming she wants to be black; providing a foundation for their beliefs; topped off by the extreme videos of I.S. etc.

Race not only Prejudice

There’s a lot white history to be ashamed of, but there’s a lot of black too, and all the other hues of humanity. While I was a critical theory student inspired by the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s I’m now sick of it dominating the media agenda, while women of all colours are the bigger victims, in the U.S.A., U.K. and world.

Moreover, while lefties call for the Falklands to be given away when they weren’t populated when Britain arrived, nobody is calling for the Caribbean to be given back to the Native Americans who were living there when the Europeans and Africans (admittedly mostly as slaves originally) arrived!

I don’t call for an end to black protest and media coverage, I just call on the media to show some balance, and black protestors to consider some other victims and the under-represented; as well as residents of other countries and continents, and the environment.

Marc Latham’s books are available on Amazon.

greenYgrey Mistake

If I made a mistake in naming Great Britain (Blighty) a ‘Great greenYgrey island’, in answer to Bill Bryson’s ‘small island’ book title, it was that I underestimated how greenYgrey Great the rest of the world is, therefore making the description unspecific. Therefore, as I am only the original self-titled coffilosopher, rather than the original coffilosopher, or probably the best, either in coffilosophy creation or coffee consumption (I have since naming myself such read Patti Smith’s M Nights memoir, and she’s a real coffee connoisseur, as well as legendary musician and award-winning writer (I must unfortunately add that I thought my XaW Files: Beyond Humanity is better than M Nights!: for concept, writing and philosophy, although her life story is more interesting and accomplished!!), I think of Britain as Original greenYgrey rather than Great or Greatest.

I was reminded of that thought this morning when I saw the Microsoft screensaver from Luoping, China, and followed it up to find fourteen more great greenYgreys filling the screen. So I made a screensave, and it is presented below. I was lucky to visit south-west China in early 1991, as some parts were opening up to the world, and the limestone stacks around Guilin and Yangshuo is one of my favourite landscapes I’ve seen; I was reminded of it on east coast of Yorkshire this year, initially inspired to visit by the birdlife from Bempton to Bridlington. Here’s the screensave:

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Elon Musk on Sales and Commission: 3rd of Rocket Man Trilogy

In what has turned out to be the third of an Elon Musk Rocket Man quotes trilogy, with the first featuring quotes relevant to my writing decade, and the second featuring his environmentalism quotes, the third and last contains quotes on his business outlook, which I also agree with.

Business Image and Reality

While Musk looks like a businessman, and those with long hair etc have cool connotations, as I wrote in a previous Guns N’ Roses hard sell blog post, many hippies (Richard Branson), punks (Malcolm McLaren) and rockers (Gene Simmons) can be very money orientated, and have a ‘ruthless’ business outlook.

If they don’t to start with, many develop one, sick of being ripped off in a cutthroat world, such as Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses. If you don’t, people like Kim Fowley of The Runaways exploitation notoriety will probably try to take advantage.

The greenYgrey media company was the perfect ‘business model’ because I was the only one who controlled and contributed to it. I ended it after a decade because I wanted to keep it that way. The ‘greenYgrey spirit’ is gone to that special place in the sky now, but I will always be inspired by it.

Elon Musk Business Model

While I’ve been writing the last decade, and a little bit more, I’ve had a couple of customer service jobs that have added a ‘sales policy’ to the role.

I have continued to work like the Elon Musk ‘sales policy’ and the companies have not punished me for it, although I did leave the first after being sent to extra sales training.

Although I don’t agree with mainstream businesses hard selling, I think the ‘counterculture’ is often just as bad, such as people trying to get a piece of the greenygrey cake, thinking there was lots of money in it when there was next to none (!), or even worse when they phone vulnerable people to rob them of their life savings, or pretend to be romantically interested to groom them into a life of slavery.

Some of them convinced their sheepish minions that I was a weak and wimpy old man in my 30s (twenty years ago):

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Compared to that, companies trying to dodge tax or overselling their products seems benign, but I still don’t agree with it, and so was overjoyed to read Elon Musk’s ethical business model (I don’t know if it’s true or not, and Musk does admit to being a hard owner, inflicting redundancies when he thinks they’re needed).

Elon Musk Rocket Man Quotes

Retail Locations, p. 69. Our stores are designed to be informative and interactive in a delightful way and are simply unlike the traditional dealership with several hundred cars in inventory that a commissioned salesperson is tasked with selling. Our technology is different, our car is different, and, as a result, our stores are intentionally different.

Sales Philosophy, p. 70. [Our salespeople] are not on commission and they will never pressure you to buy a car. Their goal and the sole metric of their success is to have you enjoy the experience of visiting so much that you look forward to returning again.

Service Philosophy, p. 70. The best way to experience service is, of course, not to experience service.
I have made it a principle within Tesla that we should never attempt to make servicing a profit center. It does not seem right to me that companies try to make a profit off customers when their product breaks.

Elon Musk’s Rocket Man and Marc Latham’s books are available on Amazon.