Is it good to protest and does it make a difference? I ask this because today Extinction Rebellion have staged a protest and have blocked the roads to various print works so that today's daily papers have been greatly disrupt ed. My newspaper, which usuallycomes at eight in the morning has just popped through my letter box at 2.57pm. I am so pleased that it has arrived. It is my source of relaxation and my source of news. I rely on it to tell me whether there is anything worth watching on TV or whether I should get out a book.
I was not pleased by this. I dobelieve that it is important to protest about anything one feels strongly about. Protests at Greenham Common about the Nuclear Threat were important and were close to my heart. Had I not had a small child and a husband who needed looking after (only just over ten years earlier he had been onthe Death Railway) I may well have joined the protestors - but we all have to get our priorities right. But I am old, not mobile and just ask for a quiet life and I do weigh this up against a protest against climate change and ask myself which is more important. I have to come down on the side of Climate Change of course but I have been a bit irritable all morning (you could argue that this in itself makes me think along the right lines).
My Zoom on the computer has gone haywire and my son, after chatting to me for an hour about it and trying to rectify the fault, has decided to completely remove it and reinstall it in the hopes it will perform better next time. What with lack of a paper and then no Zoom coffee morning I was becoming a bit miffed. Then my patio man arrived andin a short space of time filled the drainage trench with pebbles and dug holes for the plants I am putting in. We have decided I need one more so it will be off to buy it tomorrow.
Wish I wasn't past going round exhibitions - I see there is one opening at The Royal Academy until the middle of October - Gaugin and the Impressionists - right up my street but the effort is all too much - I can only dream. Anyone in or near London - lucky you - get booking.