If you are a blogger you’ll be all too familiar with the feeling that one occasionally gets when sitting down to compose a blog post about one issue when by some strange coincidence something relative and yet unpredicted occurs that throws you off kilter.
So here I sit, on my seemingly ever-expanding arse and though I should be writing one thing I am wholly preoccupied with guilt having just written this list:
A rare opportunity for a quiet drink at a country pub arose tonight so Papasaurus whisked me off to partake in a beer shandy or two. En route in the car we nattered about how the day had treated us so far and because I was party to the conversation, talk moved on to blogging- and more specifically what blogging I was planning on doing this evening. I briefly explained how I was planning on writing a post about how it’s the local Police and Crime Commissioner Elections mid November, that having met and chinwagged with the rather spiffing Damien a couple of days ago, that I’d like to help raise awareness of which Police Commissioners are ‘wildlife friendly’. This was met with what I can only describe a a stifled snigger.
I appreciate that there are occasions where I can write some utter nonsense just because it tickles me fancy but I like to think that if the need arises that I can dust off my ‘cannons of awesome’ and write something of actual meaning and substance that someone, somewhere might read and wander off on their internet travels with that nugget of info tucked into their memory void.
There followed, over a cheeky pint or two a mini-debate over Police and Crime Commisisoners. I know, I know, it’s a far cry from my low-brow X-Factor critique tweets. Essentially the debate fell in to 2 camps – his and mine.
He said: “No one will bother to vote for them. There was such a low turn out for the General Election most people will ask what’s the point?” and “At the end of the day it’s just foxes and badgers and generally people don’t give a toss”
I said: “I ‘get’ that there’s serious economic shit going down at the moment but maybe even those who don’t give a toss themselves should look at the bigger picture and act to make Society in general be led by better people with sound ethics.” and “maybe because less people are aware of who is a wildlife friendly when it comes to Police Comissioners it’s even more important to try and do a bit to spread the message?” ending on “Fox Hunting is illegal and it still happens.”
There was tutting, Papasaurus seemed genuinely surprised that I cared, I was surprised that he didn’t. Then as if by divine justice after leaving the pub a bloody great bat swooped down at him and fox walked right up to us and appeared to stare at Papasaurus without even blinking (do they blink?! Surely!)
I simply walked on and muttered that I have set the wildlife on to him. He looked properly freaked out for a moment and it’s left me feeling like I’ve rocked a Doctor DooLitttle type of vibe tonight and I am digging it. BIG TIME.
Without meaning to get all heavy, I’m wondering generally what people think about these upcoming elections – do you know about them? I didn’t until I was told by someone else… Do you think there’s public support for wildlife issues anymore or is austerity so prominent that people simply have bigger personal issues to deal with?
I’d like to think you know I’m not a judgmental demon by now so feel free to comment openly, it’s not something I’ve really thought about in any depth until now…
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