Wow, another week over. Time flies when you are processing events waiting for an announcement around shops re-opening or hoping to be able to sit in a coffee shop, or buy a record or book without waiting for the post office to deliver it.

In Ireland media mentions of ‘homeless crisis‘ are overtaking ‘covid crisis’. Maybe we aren’t in the ‘middle of the global pandemic’ anymore. I wonder if the middle can last so long will there be an enormous wait til the end? How big is the global pandemic circle?

And what about Palestine? The horrific pictures that we saw if death and rubble is sending shockwaves but still the condemnation flies from the same people. The wagons are circling around States. They are protecting their sovereign right they say. How awful it is to look and offer some limited solidarity

There’s been a lot of trips to the park this week. Thankfully the May weather has seen some April like showers but most evening Dublins parks are awash with people smiling, playing sport and happy to be returning to this way.

‘Reclaim These Streets’ by the LOUD WOMEN collective was released last week with all proceeds to Women’s Aid. The song was written by LOUD WOMEN’s founder, Cassie Fox, with a spoken word/rap section written and performed by Brix Smith. Instrumentation is provided by a female and non-binary supergroup with members of My Bloody Valentine, Salad and T-Bitch. There’s a supporting cast of 64 singers and it is a glorious riotous pop song with such a strong message.

Myself and Michael continued with Gab fest. We pick 10 punk songs from a year and chat about them and their impact. It’s fascinating going through the years and seeing the progression of punk. 1984 was a year for compilation albums and the politics of punk was really blossoming.

And yes there was video conference meetings, events where we sit over our computer monitors and agree with what’s been said. I find it very difficult to get involved in such events. I work at a screen so for downtime I don’t really need to be at one too. it’s a way of getting the message across and is becoming a very important tool.

Until next week – keep staying safe

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