First things first: happy Mayday to all. Today is a good day to be Pink: a good day to think about the Left and especially to find out more about Left Unity. If you are at all dissatisfied with the status quo; if you feel Labour is no longer an opposition but more like an echo: if you think we really need new responses to the problem of social and economic inequality, then this group is for you. Check it out:
You can sign up or register your interest on Facebook with no obligation. Wait, that sounds like some kind of double-glazing sales brochure. But you know what I mean. Our first national meeting will be on May 11th and so far I have been very encouraged by the ideas that are coming from interested people.
Another kind of Pinggkness – the kind with a pair of ‘g’s – was out in force last night*: there was a record attendance at a packed Duffy’s bar and a night of hugely varied performances. This is what I love about Pinggk – that everyone is given space and time to express themselves, whereas other groups have very limited time and only a certain number of slots. One of the high points was by a woman with Parkinson’s who donned leotard and ballet shoes to do a dance routine with video backing. Inspiring! The theme for the evening was ‘in translation’, something I ignored completely and did instead some poems about ageing while wearing my daughter’s age-inappropriate Goth hoodie. Good stuff and I was only sorry I couldn’t stay till the end but my fatigue had reached such proportions that a Good Night’s Sleep was becoming almost the only imperative in my life. I’d be terrible under torture – just deprive me of sleep for a couple of nights and I’d say anything they wanted. When I lived in Madrid I was better at staying out late, but then I didn’t have to get up early, and nowadays Mark wakes me up with tea at seven whether I want it or not.
I used to have a teasmade: now I just have Mark.
* g-force, LOL