Friday, 25 December 2020

Goodbye 2020 - Good Riddance

 "Hallelujah, Noel, be it Heaven or Hell,  
The Christmas we get we deserve."
So sang sadly-missed Greg Lake in his Christmas classic "I Believe In Father Christmas".  So, I wonder what Christmas we'll all have after the year that we've endured.  
Have I been good?  Well, I've had some bloody good times in my boudoir, but I'm pretty convinced that Mother Theresa and Matt Hancock will probably think that at times I've been exceptionally bad.  On the other hand, like millions, I've had a lot of fun curtailed for the last nine months... fetish events, ballet shows, theatre performances, vintage events and music concerts all cancelled that I was looking forward to and had tickets for.  At the rate we are going it could be another nine months before anything changes; by then we could be onto 'covid strain #186' and Tier 18.  Who the fuck knows?  Certainly not the government, who seem to make up more fairy tales than Hans Christian Andersen and with more regularity than hourly news updates.  As a girl who lives on the fringes of society and (some people's) morality, it sort of goes with the territory to mistrust heavy-handed government diktats and authority.

It's all certainly got more confusing as the year has gone on.  Rules of six, bubbles, meeting in pubs OK but not in the home, then meeting at home OK but meeting in pubs not allowed, being able to work with numerous colleagues but not trusted to sit with them in pubs and restaurants... it's like the Chuckle Brothers have somehow found themselves with the power of government.  "To me, to you, to me to you..."  I'd actually prefer the Chuckle Brothers, as I think they'd make more sense.

As challenging as 2020 has been, I think bigger challenges lie in wait for 2021 - not least the fight to have many of those freedoms and liberties that we have enjoyed returned to us: I will remain distrustful of our elected leaders until that happens.

However, the human spirit remains indomitable, so I remain hopeful that collectively we will come together and regain the lives and democracy that millions have fought for, be they military personnel, women's rights supporters or civil rights and racial equality fighters.  It is our duty to protect the delicate and fragile democracy we have for future generations - it is not ours to squander cheaply and without question for implied safety from fleeting fear.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” Thomas Jefferson

So, I'd to thank those who have visited me this year, and those that have enjoyed the blog - I hope all those posts in the first lockdown kept you entertained.  Even with my extensive back catalogue of photos I think I'd have run out of pictures by now had I been waiting for normality to return before stopping the daily posts!

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; let us all make sure that next year ends in a much better place than this one is.

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