Friday, 30 June 2017

"Farewell to my Old Left Hip"

Farewell then, old trusty left hip,
It's been nigh-on a 60-year relationship!
From childhood games to battlefield,
You've never been known to yield
Yet supported the right in all we've been through:
But now, alas, life is over for you...

For that 5-tonne skid-steer hit in 2013
(an avoidable accident yet unforeseen)
Gave you such a crunch and spun me around
And both plummeted to the ground...
So many attempts to get us both fit,
Sadly, for you - that's IT!

Whether on road site, Cricket or Rugby pitch,
You've borne me onwards with scarce a hitch
Although occasionally a visitor to a drainage ditch
When beer and wine has caused a 'glitch'!
But now the damage is so profound...
For you - sadly - life's run aground.

So, farewell then old trusty hip...
We didn't quite make the 60-year trip!
In a short time now will come the roar
Of the Surgeon (or woodcutters) Saw
And titanium will replace the raw,
No more pain...No longer sore.


Chris Green

Beşparmak Media Services

Footnote: On July 14th 2017, I am entering hospital to undergo the procedure alluded to in the above. I am very much looking forward to getting the whole experience behind me and to move on. My thanks to everyone who have helped me during my recent period of disability and in advance during my recovery. Poetic license employed throughout.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

"Don't Tell Me His Name..."


Hal Crompton

Remembering the victims of London & Manchester

"Don’t tell me his name,
I don’t want to know.
Don’t tell me where his home is,
Or where he went to school.
Don’t tell me that he was a quiet man
That kept himself to himself.
Don’t tell me that he played with the neighbours’ kids
Or that he was good to his Mum.
I don’t want to know any of that
Or to hear anything about him.
Tell me about his victims.
Tell me about the young girl
Blown to bits after a concert;
Tell me about the tourist
Taking in the sights and suddenly hacked to death;
Tell me about the young man with his life before him
Until it was stolen.
Tell me about the innocent, the pure and the blameless,
For I want to remember them.
But don’t tell me anything about the one who did this, for
I don’t want to know..."

Beşparmak Media Services

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Executive Presidential Powers Referendum: Democracy Dies in Turkey!

President R T Erdoğan

Following the narrow referendum result in Turkey just a few days ago, the State of Emergency has again been extended by Parliament for a further three month period in the aftermath of the Ankara-staged ‘coup’ in July 2016 and this is the third such extension on the ‘recommendation’ of the National Security Board (MGK) just a short time after the referendum to dramatically change the governance system of the Republic of Turkey was so narrowly approved. Despite highly credible claims of corruption in the referendum process, nevertheless the modern-day ‘Sultan’ appears to be forging ahead in his goal to retain complete presidential power until 2029 during which time, it is rightly felt that the ‘Islamification’ of the country will be intensified, more human rights infringements and summary imprisonment of perceived opponents will inevitably increase and the already unstable region will become even more fragile.

During a late-night telephone conversation with a source in Turkey as the referendum vote was announced, there was no doubt in the eyes of the person concerned that the AKP machine had been mobilised and as a result, countless thousands of false voting slips had been stamped ‘Evet’ (Yes) as the will of the people was ruthlessly manipulated by those loyal to he who has become a self-styled neo-Sultan as he sets Turkey backwards by perhaps 200 years! Mustafa Kemal Ataturk must be spinning in his mausoleum! Understandably, main opposition party CHP have reacted angrily with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the Republican People’s Party stating that on behalf of his party, “We do not acknowledge this election which will be written in history as the ‘unsealed election.’ We will not recognize it. The national will should be respected and the referendum should be repeated.”

In recent weeks and months a number of secular Turks have been on contact not only via social media but direct telephone calls too and one in particular has expressed his profound concern for his way of life as someone who is passionately secular and fears that the ‘Absolute Ruler’ will purge the country of men and women who wish to live as was established long ago within the Ataturk reforms of 1923-28.  As recently as this morning President Erdoğan is protesting that a ‘win is a win’. “I come from a football background. It doesn’t matter if you win 1-0 or 5-0. The ultimate goal is to win the game,”

There are so many reasons for the wider world to be concerned if not fearful of the developing events in one of the most strategically important countries in the region and one which has direct impact on wider geographical Europe and other bordering nations. Turkey’s notoriously ‘leaky’ borders allow a constant flow of would-be emigres to head in a Westerly direction and Ankara is playing games with the West using ‘tidal’ or ‘floodgate’ tactics that are designed to attract an ongoing flood of funds in the hope that the flood might be stemmed. A ‘tidal wave’ is ultimately more likely though!

But it gets worse because Erdoğan’s son Bilal has been variously implicated as being more than just complicit in dealings with Da’Esh particularly in trading for oil and gas quite apart from direct involvement in people trafficking. Even the suggestion though of criticising the increasingly paranoid ‘Sultan’ is to attract immediate arrest and imprisonment of those suspected of doing so. A lad of just 16 was jailed for a Facebook comment! Were this article to be published in Turkey, the writer and all associated would be likely arrested [or worse] too! It is a situation that is likely to get a lot worse.

To paraphrase the late, great Enoch Powell in the ‘Birmingham Speech’ in April 1964…”Looking ahead I am filled with much foreboding: I am like the spirit of Ataturk viewing the streets of Turkey flowing with much blood!”

There is more to unfold as the months unfurl…


Chris Green
 Beşparmak Media Services