Friday, 11 September 2015

Writing - Some things don't change

I was listening to a CD this morning and came across the song 'Man in Black' by Johnny Cash.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.


I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.

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Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.


I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.




I haven't reproduced the whole song but those verses I feel are as relevant today as when they were written and first performed in 1971. I was a young man of 21 years just embarking on a teaching career in Halifax and still full of righteous indignation about the ills in society. I had spent my formative years in the glorious 'flower power' era as well as in the explosion of pop music with groups such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones and many protest singers. It was inevitable that I return to those feelings now that I'm retired and have more thinking time on my hands. 

If you wish to listen to the whole song there is a link below.


The sentiments about the old, the homeless, flash cars, drugs and hunger are as relevant today as they were 44 years ago. There's a lot of truth in the statement that there is nothing new under the sun.


The books below are mine and as such there are occasions when I have a political point to make. Please read them all, learn and enjoy. The books are available through all good booksellers in all formats.

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.






This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.



Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.



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God Bless