West Side Story Updated

Witnessing the US’s prevailing social and political divide over the past year brings to mind I’m watching an updated version of the 1961 movie West Side Story. Recent events giving Ernest Lehman’s screenplay a 2020/21 revamp to reflect the ‘warring’ MAGA and ANTIFA gangs; as opposed of the original disenchanted hordes, the Sharks and Jets….

As They Were

Well, after three weeks of denial, the US Republican Party have green lighted the commencement of a presidential power transition to Joe Biden. This concession made despite Trump campaign lawyer Rudi Giuliani still endeavouring to unearth dead people who voted (not literally of course). His team seemingly also pursuing their batshit crazy conspiracy theories. It’s…

Less Aspirational Wish Requests

I commence these observations following an hour or so dusting, cleaning and vacuuming the upstairs of chez Strachan. My labour ensuring bedroom surfaces, carpets and bathroom tiles are now bereft of dust and fluff. The resultant gleam from mahogany furniture mirroring that on my face when as a child I first heard Pop Tarts were…

Don’t Panic?!

Yesterday, while autumnal downpours augmented my already stark mood, manifesting from Leeds’ move into tier three coronavirus restrictions, I found great catharsis in my art. This therapy manifesting in the form of pencil drawing three caricatures. Each depicting cast members of the classic 1970’s BBC TV comedy Dad’s Army, an act imparting a welcome serenity…

Fraser’s Wisdom

As today dawned over West Yorkshire, my home city of Leeds transitioned into COVID sourced tier three lockdown. Bearing in mind there’s a full English lockdown on 5th November anyhow, this seems to me like a token and pretty pointless governmental edict. Footnote – The full English lockdown, above, refers to Thursday’s re-establishment of stringent…

Choices, Choices

Being partisan neutral, yours truly ordinarily affords penning on the subject of politics the shortest of shrifts. Akin to my late father, this borne from a cynicism surrounding politicians motives, regardless of which end of the ideological spectrum they represent. This indifferent outlook doesn’t stop GJ Strachan’s partaking in polling station visits. However, whilst among…

Horse Play

As a none American outsider looking in at the US election build up, I’m baffled by the Hunter Biden laptop tale. The alleged scandal bringing forth a multitude of questions, none more enigmatic than how a blind computer repair shop owner was able to read HB’s emails. Not only does this Republican smear campaign raise…

Gopher

Due to upcoming changes in my personal circumstances, I’ve been applying for creative writing opportunities online. Thus far I’ve received no response. Although, as the applications were only submitted yesterday evening, perhaps GJ Strachan needs to employ a smidgeon more patience. As I’ve penned many times previously in these narratives, in middle age on this…