Sweet Photo of Crete (Guns N’ Roses Song Wordplay)

As I wrote the headline to this blog the warm autumn sun broke through cloud, entering my writing room, which is the only one I have, Dark Side of the Moon built up ten minutes in, and the coffilosophy brews as I just started my second mug, pouring out into this opening paragraph of new words, and Sweet Child O’ Mine inspired the title.

Lone Crete Photo Reflects Worker-Traveller Ethos

I only took one photo in my three months on Crete; or to be more correct, I didn’t take any, but had one taken of me; it was that kind of place and experience, mostly about work and drinking, experiencing day-to-day humanity in a true Beat kind of way. Me keeping a diary was the height of culture most of the time, but there were a lot of spoken gems, and comedy classics.

The photo was taken about a month after arrival, and I look like a typical worker-traveller in it, scruffy and bedraggled, unfit and under-nourished, looking to me like a Wild West cowboy out on the range – which was the kind of image I had at the time.

The woman was a sweet pretty fellow worker-traveller. Her face is hidden for her benefit, as I don’t know her circumstances, and if she’d want her appearance here.

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‘Beyond Humanity’ Third Dimension of a Trilogy Third Book Subtitle: Space 3 One Too (1-2)

In recent blog posts I’ve written that the ‘Beyond Humanity’ subtitle to XaW Files, my seventh published book, and third of the new self-proclaimed genius (self-parody) but ignored by British society and hence the world (not parody: a la Turing and Tesla being largely ignored in their lives [double link to my previous blog about my genius on the greeenYgrey3 blog, and current Tesla car company CEO and recent blog post star Elon Musk in one sentence!] ) concept of fantasy travelling by web maps and information, inspired by my world travels over thirty years, had a social side (beyond modern history culture) and personal side (me beyond politics and monotonous bickering, tit-for-tat political decisions by each government keeping the status quo rather than progressing society).

3rd Dimension of a Trilogy 3rd Book Subtitle

The third side of the trilogy subtitle is that of the cover star, the sun, and the protagonist, the greenYgrey, which are both beyond humanity in space.

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The greenYgrey exited into space in the last episode of XaW Files, which also contained this very a-musing piece of philosophy, that as I remember entered my mind late in the day, rather than at a time of coffilosophy (like now!), after hearing of the I.S. destruction of old pagan temples such as Palmyra, and the beheading of a local who tried to defend them, as well as the genocide of the Yazidis:

‘I.S. destroys humans and their temples because they only have human powers themselves. They will never reach the sun and moon, and other stars and planets, which are the only constructions that really matter to life on Earth, and our planet itself. The universe began billions of years before their sect, and life on Earth millions; and they will live for millions and billions of years afterwards too. The sun and moon will always rise and set, and the stars will always sparkle at night.’

I.S. seemed in the ascendency then, but have since crumbled in Iraq and much of Syria, although others like them are still a threat in the region and elsewhere in the world.

The sun is not totally beyond humanity, as we can see and study it, and we’re supposed to be sending a probe to the sun’s outer corona next year.

Digital model of a spacecraft with a bus attached to a larger Sun-shield. Two small solar panels are attached to the side of the bus, along with four rear-facing antennas.

However, the sun’s beyond our control or destruction, unlike our planet. That fact seems to anger some humans: those who think humanity should be all powerful; often those who think they are God’s chosen creation, creating God’s image in their own, replacing the sun and other deities.

Humanity Fights for Locality, not God or Existence

I don’t know if the sun has any spirituality, but I do know it’s our star, creating life on Earth, which orbits it, and it is more visible in space than our planet, which is itself beautiful; our planet in space is more colourful than the sun, but not as important, maybe like a ring compared to a watch.

The trilogy of our place in the known universe is even bigger and better than my greenYgrey one (self-parody!):

  1. We are in a solar system, one planet circling our star:

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2. Our sun is one of billions in the Milky Way (named by us! Chocolate named after it!!):

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3. The Milky Way is one galaxy of billions in the known universe:

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While holy fighters such as I.S. and the Taliban think they are dying for some great cause that is much bigger than themselves or humanity, or at least 72 virgins in paradise, in reality they are usually just evidence of the human brain shrunk to its minimum philosophical thinking level by brainwashing.

While that could be said to be true of most societies and cultures, and ideological indoctrination, most have more freedom of information and choice; with Islamist brainwashing starting straight away with their superiority asserted through bestselling in their cultures atrocity videos; and therefore opportunity for the human brain to develop, analyse and choose.

British Society and Culture

Admittedly, the choice for most people is limited, and most choose their local ideology, either because they believe in it, or it’s the easiest way to live. I’m not against locality or the military, just against brainwashing and mindlessness. While in my youth I looked for a utopia, in my middle-age I’m just trying to avoid dystopia.

I don’t know if that’s just the normal way it works, and the country doesn’t look as bad to youth as it does to me, or better or worse than the country did to me when I was a youth!? Ironically, youth are said to be the ones wanting more openness and immigration, but they seem the ones most at risk, from grooming and gang violence; as well as losing their country and environment.

Or is it that more of the youth don’t feel that risk, because they feel out of harm’s way in the more politically active higher classes; or they are willing to take that risk, because they feel the positives outweigh the negatives: freedom over safety, drugs over domesticity.

The difference in ages probably is a factor, with youth having more energy, and desire to move and wander, while older people are more settled and defensive of their property. I remember being the former and not really understanding the latter, but now I’m older and feel in the greenYgrey middle I think I’m perfectly positioned to know it all!

Kazuo Ishiguro Nobel Prize Literature Mistake Agreement Parody

Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature yesterday, and humbly said he thought it was a mistake.
I thought it was a mistake too, as I was sure it was my year!

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Self-Parody Explanation

I thought about including this explanation before, or a self-parody warning, but thought I’d tell the joke first, as it would otherwise spoil it. I didn’t really think I was in with a chance of winning it… but do think I’m capable of deserving it, even if I don’t now.

I made that point in XaW Files (8:15), when adding to Richard Flanagan’s thoughts on how writing empties you in an Imagine documentary, after he’d won the Man Booker Prize; he’d said there was no why, there just was:

Moreover, I have also felt the same as Flanagan: that each book written and published, or even poem or philosophical thought, diminishes you.
With the benefit of time, I think the reason I think that is that the writer is sharing themselves with the world, so that their thoughts and experiences are not all theirs anymore; your mind life is scattered all over the pages and world. This can be good and bad for your psyche and soul, hypothetically, releasing negativity and sharing positivity.
Our books from life experience are also material evidence of time elapsed. We can write a limited amount from personal experience in our finite time. Each book tells the story of a part of our lives that has passed. It has been lived and written.
In childhood and youth we look forward, with our minds and lives to fill with experiences, knowledge and memories. Writing about them is evidence that some have been found and achieved. However, it also shows that your life is not as full as it once was. You have already lived some of your life, and the hard evidence is on your written page; unavoidable evidence that your time in this life has diminished.’

Funnily enough, a quote featured in the FundsForWriters newsletter this week has a similar theme:
Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.
~American Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher Pema Chödrön

Parody and Satire Critical Theory High Cost Writing

I think critical writing can be the most costly, and especially self-analysis, self-parody and self-satire; as I try to do, in part so I think I am justified in criticising, parodying and satirising others.

I thought about writing freely that I thought there was a second mistake when they said Kazuo Ishiguro is an Englishman, but now only write it as an example of how I think it is beyond the political correctness line.

Japanese and Jewish (I’m not Either! – self-parody exclamation!!)

As the U.K. left make the ‘racist’ mistake of thinking they can say what they want about Jewish people (not that I’m Jewish!) because they are stereotypically whitish and westernish, the Japanese might seem similarly open to ‘free’ parody, but I know differently.

I know that my parody probably makes it even more unlikely that I won’t win any awards, or get a big publishing deal, but I continue to do it, because it’s what I want to write, and would rather write freely and poorly than censored and richly.

Mainly because I just wanted to, but also to show that I’m not bitter or jealous, except for self-parody comedy reasons seen above, I’ve started reading Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant book. It’s not his most famous work, but it was available, and sounds interesting with a British pagan history timeframe, and a protagonist called Axl (Axl Rose being the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, the band I named my first book after!).

The Guns N’ Roses Worker-Traveller, XaW Files: Beyond Humanity and my other great coffilosophical (not the first coffilosopher, but the first to name myself such, as far as I know) books are available on Amazon:

 

Environmentalism Quotes of Electric Cars Entrepreneur Elon Musk

I provided a few quotes I found relevant for my writing by Elon Musk from his Rocket Man book yesterday, and today I have a few quotes of his on the environment, quite relevant for my theory of everything (a la Hawking cosmology) including all human history attempt a couple of blogs ago.

With reference to my assertion that we humanity can only naturally live for long in a narrow band of troposphere on this planet, and that we seem to be doing our best to poison, kill and strip it (I’d read Musk before writing it, and it may have inspired it a little, but I think Musk’s views just reiterated what I already knew and believed, but with more scientific knowledge); but many countries have now set targets to go electric on the roads, with the U.K. date 2040, while Norway is 2025, as well as targeting zero deforestation, inspiring a tweet from Musk reported in the Independent:

Geosciences, p. 73: ‘… don’t understand that there’s a surface carbon cycle, but if you dig stuff up from deep underground and add it to the surface carbon cycle, that fundamentally changes the chemical equilibrium of the  surface of the Earth.’

Carbon Tax Opponents, p. 78: ‘… they’re using tactics that are very similar to what the tobacco industry used for many years…’

Solar Power, p. 79: ‘… the world is almost entirely solar powered already. If the sun wasn’t there, we’d be a frozen ice ball at 3 degrees Kelvin. The sun powers the entire system of precipitation. The whole eco-system is solar powered… You could power the entire United States with about 150 to 200 square kilometres of solar panels… Take a corner of Utah…’

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Apologies to any good salt-of-the-Earth people working in the carbon industry, such as the miners I vehemently supported in the 1980s U.K. miners’ strike, but I hope clean air jobs will replace those lost; and for British lefties that Musk doesn’t fit into the J.C.-style flower-power Cavalier Revolutionary Brand!

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

My Religious Views Remain Secular Agnostic bordering on Atheist Neo-Pagan

In yesterday’s blog post I wrote that XaW Files’s subtitle Beyond Humanity had a meaning for the knowledge still beyond humanity in time and space, although great advances have been made in the last century, and I feel honoured and privileged to be alive during this exciting time of discovery and progress; although on the other hand, greenYgrey style, unfortunate to be alive in what seems like the inevitable destruction of our planet’s resources and mass extinction of many species due to human overpopulation and greed.

Russia and Britain: United in Environmental Loss

That’s especially after watching Simon Reeve’s Russia (one of my favourite countries historically and socially, and the first travelled in XaW Files, where I was delighted to hear of all the forests there, even in Moscow, setting for an epic anthropomorphic chess story) travel documentary, where big climate change evidence is emerging in the permafrost melting, leaving massive craters, but the forest is still being cut down at a similar rate to the Amazon rainforest, and often illegally thanks to corruption – even when governments and official bodies do act, there’s usually others who try and do it illegally!

I’m not saying Britain’s any better, and there’s fracking going on now despite big public demonstrations. The protestors look like left-wing greens, who also demonstrate for more immigration and hence more construction, which will mean greater energy needs!

Left and Right Foot Soldiers

If the left-wing think I’ve gone to the right, so they should try and persecute and censor me more, well the right-wing seem to support royalty and establishment, but royalty and establishment seem to care as much about Dhaka and Lagos as they do about Darlington and Liverpool; as seen in the Victoria and Abdul movie and Harry and Meghan relationship; due to the Queen and Royal Family still having a Commonwealth left from the Empire.

Although I value democracy and protest, in my advanced years and doctoral knowledge I am more in line with David Icke’s view that those fighting each other over dubious political differences are more like puppets (Icke says slaves), or just going along for a ‘bit of action’; especially after Russell Brand’s Revolution! (more like a slapstick Hollywood movie, starring himself; which he’s back to doing now, eating plastic on day-time TV, and being loved by the rich capitalistic luvvies he was supposed to be revolting against!).

Jesus Christ and Jeremy Corbyn

The left have oh Jeremy Corbyn to worship now, with the same initials as Jesus Christ, as parodied well on This Week last week. I quite like them both, but don’t believe Jesus was who his supporters claim, although he was a great heroic martyr figure; as I don’t any of the other Middle-East monotheist religions being superior to others around the world; and don’t believe Jeremy will save Blighty with his policies.

I think using Grenfell as a rallying call was also sick, as present problems are partly due to New Labour spending all the money when they were in power. Jeremy might be able to claim he was on the back benches then, but Diane Abbott was right at the front, playing the race card as she seems to have done all her career; before being shown as incompetent during the last election campaign, before taking a sickie for the rest of it!

Elon Musk More Revolutionary than Russell Brand 

Putting myself ‘Beyond Humanity’ has allowed me to write the above, criticising right and left, black and white. Hopefully those criticised will see that now, if they didn’t before.

While I also supported women more than normal for a man, that was also ‘beyond humanity’ rather than trying to seduce them, as Brand seems to have used his revolution to do; admittedly without the discipline and prestige a decade of further education gives you.

As he was a decade behind me in finding Chomsky, he’s now talking enlightenment and sexual ethics fifteen years after I became ethically celibate!

I talked of my admiration for Amber Heard during the greenYgrey years, and then she started going out with entrepreneur Elon Musk, but the romance has since ended.

I didn’t know much about Musk at the time, but saw his book Rocket Man in the library and read it. I was impressed by his environmental outlook, and think his revolutionary views on electric cars are similar to mine on religion and politics: that a little tinkering is not enough, and that you need to get above the current battles for hegemony, and have a more historically nuanced overview. I put it into words in 2011, in a poem included in my second poetry collection, 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections:

Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth

Sky gods whispered
to Earthmother of the
natural harmony,
the Great Spirit of all.

But humanity hid it under monotheism
Jesus Christ crucified for humanity’s sins
Prophets followed speaking of God dreams

people were kept in dark
resources sacrificed
with love to representatives
of warring Gods.

Of course, that only really addresses the religious wars, and now North Korea has emerged as a serious threat to the world; or ‘West’ at least; they probably view it differently.

Anyway, three of the things I particularly related to Musk saying in relation to my writing over the past decade, and the criticisms I’ve received, mostly because my critics, on the left and right; the left were particularly disappointing, as I’d spent more time in that field, historically and recently; didn’t understand my writing and reasoning were:

Critical Thinking, page 15: ‘Do you have the right axioms, are they relevant, and are you making the right conclusions based on those axioms?’ That’s the essence of critical thinking, and yet it is amazing how often people fail to do that. I think wishful thinking is innate in the human brain. You want things to be the way you wish them to be, and so you tend to filter information that you shouldn’t filter.’

Open-Source Patents, page 68: ‘Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.’

Naysayers, page 119: ‘What I find ironic about a lot of the naysayers is that the very same people will transition from saying it was impossible to saying it was obvious.’

Human Burial Chamber and Artwork: Million Years Of ‘Culture’

I was delighted to find the Hougue Bie burial chamber on what is now called ‘Jersey’. It reminded me of the Maeshowe one on what is now called ‘Orkney’ in what is now called ‘Scotland’ that I’d seen on television. Maeshowe is another fine example of early greenYgrey architecture:

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Reading about it again on the orkneyjar website I saw that it is different to Hougue Bie in that its alignment is for the midwinter sunrise to reach its back wall, similar to Newgrange in what is now known as ‘Ireland’, with Hougue Bie said to be structured for the equinoxes.

British and European Burial Chambers and Artwork

Britain’s stone circles and burial chambers date from about 6,000 years ago; before the great pyramids of Egypt, and thousands of years before ‘monotheism’ emerged in the Middle-East, and God and Devil, Heaven and Hell, took the place of reverence for nature and the cosmos.

Although that seems a long time ago, it is quite ‘recent’ compared to artwork, with cave paintings in modern Europe dated to 30,000 – 32,000 years ago.

That’s right, 30,000 years before Christ was born and the Romans invaded ‘Britain’; that’s 15 times the amount of time we’ve got any written recorded history for northern Europe, and 30 times modern history started in Britain after the Norman invasion; our ancestors were creating artwork like this:

Cave painting found in Indonesia dating to 35,000 – 40,000 years ago are now thought to be the oldest found:

Cave of Pettakere, Bantimurung district (kecamatan), South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Hand stencils estimated between 35,000 and 40,000 years old

Above knowledge refreshed on Wikipedia.

African Burial Chamber Million Years Old

Funnily enough, I watched a documentary this week about what is thought to be the oldest burial chamber yet found; that doesn’t mean it’s the oldest, just the oldest found. There’s an article about it on BBC news.

It’s deep underground in modern ‘South Africa’, and needed thin archaeologists to access it and recover the remains of fifteen of our ancestors. It resulted in a team of intrepid non-claustrophobic researchers, backed by greenYgrey:

The team of scientists who were small enough to squeeze through the cave's narrow underground tunnels and into the cave system.

They’ve been dated to a million years old; yes, that’s right, 1,000,000 years compared to the 2,000 since Christianity, 500,000 times as much human life we know very little about as that we do; except that if our ancestors were conducting ritual burial at the start of it, then there is likely to have been a lot of ‘culture’ and ‘cosmology’ going on long before the cave paintings of 30,000 – 40,000 years ago, and the stone circles and burial chambers of 6,000 years ago.

One of the XaW Files subtitle Beyond Humanity’s meanings is this knowledge beyond humanity, either in the past or the distance of space for the human species, and the mind for individual humans.

Living in a narrow band of troposhere atmosphere on a planet circling a star that is one of billions in our Milky Way galaxy; a galaxy that is one of billions in the known universe (which may be one of many, millions or billions?)…

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… which sometimes looks greenygrey/gYgPOP…

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… in a very short period of recorded history, compared to how long we’ve been walking the Earth and looking to the stars, we try and make sense of our place in existence.

We even make it hard for ourselves by shutting down knowledge because it doesn’t fit in with ‘beliefs’, or cloud history by raising religious, geographical or cultural bias over scientific paradigms and investigative research.

 

Jersey: Liberty at Last… Joy of Free Writing… Later Realising Stream of Consciousness Connections…

After I posted the last blog post, written as usual in a coffilosophy haze of stream of consciousness spontaneous prose a la my literary hero Jack Kerouac (for his travel – writing ground-breaking style, which I can only follow, as I am later in time; then because I thought we looked similar at times!) I realised my addition about resembling a pagan statue of liberty had brought the article around to a big theme on Jersey: liberty.

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Jersey Liberty

Liberty is a big theme on Jersey, because it was occupied during World War Two. There’s a Liberty Square in the middle of Saint Helier, the bus service is called Liberty, and there’s a big brewery called Liberty too.

The greenYgrey comedian in me thinks of Catherine Tate’s Nan character’s catchphrase ‘What a ******* liberty’; while the greenYgrey critical theorist is glad Haut de la Garenne has now been liberated (I wrote a poem about it after it first became news in 2007/2008; and it is included in my first poetry collection).

Ironically, the adults on Jersey were cool, while some of the children and childish youths were the biggest pain; while others seemed ‘fans’, and were therefore lovely. The former do make me wonder why I bothered trying to support them, but then I remember they are only children/youths, and therefore childish, so I should tolerate them… in the name of ‘liberty’!

Jersey Hiking Liberty Joy

Although the roads can be quite busy, with a growing population, drivers still respect those going at a slower pace, such as me walking; horseriders and cyclists. I found some nice coastal paths on the north of the island too. I did a twenty miles walk one day, to Saint Aubins church from Rozel Bay and back, via Gorey Castle and La Hougue Bie.

I posted most of the photos in the last post, but here’s some from the western side of Saint Aubins Bay, which has an impressive long golden sand beach, which I walked along to the west, as far as the fort and church; but was totally under water on my return, as the sun set at high tide:

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La Hougue Bie, Jersey, Underground Place for Me… Pagan Statue of Liberty!

On my first journey around Europe in 1987/88 I visited some of the biggest tourist sites, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Colisseum in Rome and Acropolis in Athens. It’s a tradition I kept up on my 25th anniversary tour, visiting Mont Saint Michel near Saint Malo; the Naeroyfjord near Bergen; Gamla Stan in Stockholm and the Nou Camp in Barcelona (should probably have been La Sagrada Familiar, but did visit other Gaudi sites!).

In Latvia last year I visited Turaida Museum in the Gauja Valley, a day-trip from Riga to Sigulda; the Open-Air museum on the edge of Tallinn in Estonia and Suomenlinna fort guarding Helsinki’s harbour in Finland.

Jersey has some very impressive castles, such as Elizabeth, guarding Saint Helier harbour…

… and Gorey (Mont Orgueil) on the east coast…

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… as well as several interesting museums, but when I found out about the 6,000 years old Neolithic burial chamber of La Hougue Bie it was the place for me to be.

The original Neolithic burial chamber, with the entrance positioned facing east so sunrise reached the back wall on the equinoxes, had a mound built over it originally, making it look very greenygrey (remembering my decade-old Blighty dominant landscape concept):

In Medieval times a church was built on top, adding another layer of grey; and it’s greenYgrey inside too!:

I entered the burial chamber three times, without intending to originally. The first time was to have a look; the second was after remembering the torch on my phone to light it up better, and the third after I’d visited the museum and found out more about it. The first photo here is looking inside, and the second out:

You may be wondering if I felt a connection to the ancestors? I don’t know really, maybe I did, or maybe it was just me wanting to, creating it more in my mind.

Making the Most of Life: Life is for the Living

I think I’ve felt more of a connection to the living creatures I’ve met the last year, decade and life. I felt more of a ‘magical connection’ this week, with an unplanned stop in the last place of sunshine before returning to ‘civilisaton’, at first just planning to get ten more minutes of hot sunshine for a Vitamin D boost, storing it up for the coming autumn.

Staring for a few minutes into lush vegetation, a tree I’ve probably passed hundreds or thousands of times began to take shape in my mind. A few trees away, two squirrels ran around the trunk, looking as if they were playing; making the most of the morning sunshine. Then water fell from one branch, looking like a waterfall; and big flying insects landing on leaves reminded me of the Avatar movie.

Standing there, with a bag of blackberries in one hand, and my t-shirt covering my front in the other (sun on my back), I knew I must have looked odd to any ‘normal’ people who saw me; but later thought I may have also resembled the Statue of Liberty (in a pagan kind of greenYgrey way!):

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Athens Football and Heavy Metal Disco Birthday 1987: Beautiful Women, Pagan Luddite and Not Being Served

For my 22nd birthday I had a fun package of being immersed in Athens youth life, watching an Athens team in European Competition before going to a heavy metal disco, seven years after becoming a big rock music fan. That was thanks to hitching, a German archaeologist who gave me a lift, and an Athenian who shared that last lift of my over month long journey from the U.K.

Connoisseur of Beautiful Women (to my Taste)

This page of diary also contains evidence that I’ve always appreciated the beauty of women, and especially their faces. It also counters those who try to lower it to seedy sleaziness. Like most of the heavy metal bands I liked, and most men I’ve met or heard about (including Professor Stephen Hawking, who was the inspiration for the greenYgrey world’s werewolf scientist Stephen Wolfing [Penthouse subscription and affair while working at university! But still love his work and admire and respect his mind and life] after watching the The Theory of Everything movie last week), there can be that element too, but I’m not one-dimensional, and think I appreciate the beauty of women more than most men – the women I like anyway, and Hawking likes! – with perhaps other men appreciating more types of women.

I’m not saying I’m right or wrong, superior or inferior, I’m just saying that’s why I am the way I am, and living as I am; writing about it may make it seem as if I want to change or prompt something to happen, but in reality I’m just writing about it because it’s true.

Athens Day Themes 

It also shows me having more luck with life, people and a dog; than things: plastic bottle and cars; in line with my recurring thoughts of being a pagan Luddite in a self-parody way; maybe there’s more to it than I realise; or can know?

It also shows me being refused service. I just accepted it and went elsewhere. At the time I probably thought it was out of order, but now with a middle-aged mind, and the way the U.K. and world is now, I understand it more. It was only a little blip anyway, and I felt Athens had been good to me, and I’d had a great experience socialising with my fellow youths doing two of my favourite pastimes.

If the U.K. and world had become the peaceful loving utopia I wanted then I would have thought it more out of order. If people don’t think that’s what I wanted, then they’re wrong. I did see myself as being on the guardian side of the counter-culture, more eco-warrior than flower-powerist, like Guns N’ Roses etc, but I did want those things for Blighty and the world. I still do, but have a more pragmatic approach to it all now!

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‘Jersey Boy’ Latham v ‘Sunny’ Latham: United 50 Years Later

Jersey Joe Walcott was the heavyweight boxing champion in 1951/52. It was before my time, and I don’t know much about him. I think I saw a little about him in some old boxing documentary, or documentaries.

Jersey Born and Bred (for a little while)

However, I was born in Jersey in 1965, and left a year or two later. So when I joked about having a ‘boxing nickname’, long after I wanted to be a boxer or had much interest in it, I thought of ‘Jersey Boy’ Latham.

That’s an example of how a little bit of my lifetime knowledge becomes a big thing in my writing. My greenYgrey writing is full of such people and places. Hopefully I helped publicise some of the good ones, as well as putting some places on the map.

greenYgreyologists analysing my writing would probably think that Jersey Joe Walcott was a big favourite of mine, but in reality he’s just a name I remembered, with relevance to my life; I couldn’t remember any of his history until looking it up just now.

I also joked using a renowned idiom: you can take the boy out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the boy!

Disclaimer: If those who heard my above creations are reading, you were the just the audience, and I was the creator. I might not have thought them up if I hadn’t been talking to you, but that doesn’t give you a share of their copyright! As I don’t ask for a share of anything you gained during our time together!!

Sunny Jersey for my Return

Another boxing name that sounded relevant was Charles L. ‘Sonny’ Liston, but that’s because I like the weather sunny, rather than liking being a son; not that I’d rather be a daughter!

I’ve thought I might have developed my love of sunshine and beaches in my first year or two on Jersey. I don’t know if I did, if it was nature or nurture, but I do know that after a wet day before, and overcast voyage, the clouds cleared a couple of hours before arriving on Jersey, and so the island looked lovely as I returned after 50 years; and especially the south approaching my birthplace of Saint Helier.

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Unfortunately, the clear sky didn’t last, and my return voyage was cancelled due to wet weather! Apparently a common occurrence with the fast ferry service.

However, I still enjoyed my last day in my birthplace, thanks to golden reflections of the sun that welcomed me ‘home’.