Hello and welcome to myne humbel Blogge,
My name is Derek Farman. I am 74 and happily married to Elizabeth. I have many long time interests...History; Philosophy; Photography; Cross-training for Fitness; Story-telling and writing; Reading anything from Tolstoy to the backs of Cornflake packets; Classical music,folk and trad; Travel and Naturism.
So why the Blog?
I have frankly got fed up with Facebook and the constant need to give sound bite answers to complex questions based on dubious sources of information rather than reasoned arguement.
According to his biographer, James Boswell ,in April 1776 the redoubtable Dr. Johnson claimed "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." On the other hand, in the year 2,000 Joanne Harris wrote in "Blackberry Wine" ...
"Stuff the assignment!" he shouted merrily. "You don't write because someone sets assignments! You write because you need to write, or because you hope someone will listen, or because writing will mend something broken inside you, or bring something back to life..."Where's the magic, that's what I want to know?" he asked. ""Where are the magic carpets and Haitian voodoo and lone gunslingers and naked ladies tied to railway lines? Where are the Indian trackers and the four armed goddesses and the pirates and the giant apes? Where are the fucking space aliens?" This fitted my case much better.
Do I expect a response?
I actually feel like NASA blasting off a message into deep space to see if anyone is there and if so, inviting them to message me back.
Updates for fans and groupies
I intend to update the blog once per week-on Sundays, "News" as and when.
In the meantime I hope to amuse but reserve the right to not only comfort the afflicted but to afflict the comfortable. Be warned