I had one of those strange thoughts the other night sort of 2am not sleeping very well thoughts . What are the things in your life that are part of history you have lived through .
I suppose a Kennedy dying being on the tea time news and my parents being appalled .
Jack and Ivy who lived next door , i adored Jack as a small kid and followed him everywhere, they were the first people i ever saw who were tactile and loved each other, a strange contrast from my parents . Jack lived till well into his 90s surrounded by his prize veg , when i mentioned this to my mother years later , she chimed up that they wernt normal like other people . It seems that a year after his marriage Jack was taken by the Japanese at the fall of singapore he spent the whole war in a prison camp and he survived being castrated by the Japs , he and Ivy seemed like the happiest people i knew as a child . Who knew?
The moon landings , we were really broke at the time and my dad convinced me that they were walking on the moon for a treat on my 6th birthday and i believed that for years and it was the best birthday present .
The little girl running down the road on fire from the Napalm in Vietnam on the six oclock news
Going shopping in the candlelit Finefare supermarket during the strikes of the 70s , watching the rats run in the piles of rubbish on every street and the firemen with braziers locked out of the fire stations with the Green Goddess fire engines.
Watching the Poll Tax riots on the TV and being amazed that people behaved like that .
Then came the miners strike and seeing first hand the police doing cavalry charges against protesters , threshing bystanders with batons , i will never forgive or forget that as long as i live .
Lady Dis wedding , we got a day off work for that and spent it watching cricket and drinking cider .
The Falklands seemed unreal but i know to many people damaged by that conflict and many more since
And now we have served up a global pandemic via the internet , all very medieval , for all the information available to us , i wouldn't even guess at the percentage of the truth out there .
I do wonder what else will be served up in my lifetime ....possibly aliens?