Hello there. Hope you're feeling well.
It is you know very easy to be depressed about the world today. And well, I'm not going to say shake yourself out of it because I'm equally depressed as well. Not I stress the sort of depression that makes me want to jump off a cliff. But what Michelle Obama called a called the low level depression. I know what she meant. It's the sense that everything is conspiring against you.
Obviously the initial cause is the Corona virus. But then you have the knock on effects of the virus. Already many thousands of retail jobs have been lost in this Disunited kingdom with the possibility of worse to come. Especially as to quote the catchphrase @Winter is coming@. Are we already in a second wave of Corona? Could we be in a third in the winter? Furthermore the possibility of more lockdowns cannot be ignored.
Oh for the days (as those of us old enough will say) that when you heard the word Corona you thought of a soft drink brand in the eighties.
And remember Brexit? The effects of that will start to be felt January next year. What if the pandemic is not stopped then? The double whammy will hit.
But in terms of Bridgend in South Wales the whammy might be triple. For next month is when the Ford company will close it's engine plant there. I will properly chat about this when the closedown occurs but as I've mentioned before the effect on the already weak local economy and the lives therefore will be devastating.....and that was before the pandemic.
I cannot recall a situation where more than one disaster has been inflicted upon us at the same time. That I would argue is the most frightening thing of them all.
So if only life was as simple as a Nineteen seventies Mickey Mouse radio.
And here it is.
I was given it as a child and for some reason which I cannot recall now I'm weary and craggier later it's emerged from the detritus of my life. Obviously it needs a clean but after all these years, no decades later, it actually works.
Being from the seventies it wasn't operated by conversation with an imaginary female in your house that the wife will not wonder about. Or old style by pressing a button to reach the next station. No for the volume you move the dial between the ears. And for tuning it's the dial between the ear and the pointy nose.
You won't be able either to access all the radio stations on the planet young people. It won't even give you all the stations in Britain. Or even Wales for that matter. It's reach is just those stations on the AM frequency. The sound quality would be, well, variable. So I suspect that the only stations I would be able to listen to would be BBC Radio Five Live or BBC Radio Wales.
If only life was as simple as a Nineteen Seventies Mickey Mouse radio.
But reality bites.
As do real mice.
Until the next time.