Well almost - our railways are on strike today so anyone wishing to go anywhere by rail is having a hard time of it today. I don't think we had a strike in the Teaching Profession during my working life - if so I certainly can't remember it.
I do remember other professions striking but when strikes are mentioned, what I remember most of all are the early days of the Labour movement (my Dad was avid Labour all of his life.) and as a child I used to hear the story of The General Strike over and over again. He used to tell it and at the slightest excuse would launch into a colorful, blow by blow account of the whole thing.
There is absolutely no doubt about the strength of feeling just as there is no doubt about the suffering many went through and the bitterness felt against anyone who was a strike-breaker. When my sister married (she was twenty two years older then me) the father of the bridegroom had been a strike-breaker and my father took a lot of persuading to speak to him at the wedding. He used to tell how the striking picket line had thrown him into the river (not that it mattered - he was a champion water-polo player and a strong swimmer.) But feelings in those days ran high. I am not sure whether this is the case these days. The likes of me, who never goes anywhere on the train anyway never really gives it a thought.
But how we do take the whole idea of travelling around the country both here and further afield quite matter of factly as not worth a mention. When I look back to 1952 - the first time I went abroad by plane (there on an Elizabethan and back on a Viscount) from what was then London Airport we had to promise my mother we would not give her the date we were going or coming back as she said if she knew she would be sitting on the toilet all day!
Still I - and I am sure thousands like me - do hope that the strike is soon resolved before it involves many more professions (all justifiably in need of a pay rise).
Oh dear I try to rise above and not think about the many serious problems we seem to be facing - the war in Ukraine, the lack of labour as so many have gone back to their own countries to find work now that we are no longer in the European Union - I am thinking here of seasonal work on the land at times of fruit and vegetable picking, packing etc. All the problems with cancellations of flights which seem to be mainly due to and lackof staff.
My post is garbled, mainly because I really don't know exactly what I am talking about. I listen to the News once a day and that's it. But I do see and hear the effects of all these things and I am sure somebody will put me right (Tom) if I have seriously misread the situation. The one thing I am sure of is that nothing seems right at the moment and there seems to be absolutely nothing the likes of you and I can do about it.