A Lack of Ideas and a Tour of the Internet

I tried another writing prompt – “Write about your day so far”. I’ve only been up an hour and I haven’t actually set foot outside the house. It could be tricky.

So I tried again – “Write about something you got for free”. After much thought I  remembered that I had a free blood test and, because everything went well, my car parking was also free. I think I covered that in several previous posts.

At least I’ve started writing. For a few minutes at the start I just sat and stared at the screen. I’ve been doing that  for the last few days. It’s not that I’m lacking inspiration, it’s just that there’s so much of it that I don’t seem to be able to get any work done.

I’ve just been watching a TV programme where Tanni Grey Thompson has been looking into her grandfather’s service as an air raid warden in WW2. I learnt a lot I hadn’t known before, and was very impressed with some of the things I hadn’t realised.

This set me off  on a tour of Wikipedia as it’s a subject close to my heart. I recently read a piece that referred to people who didn’t serve in the forces as “shirkers”, which didn’t strike me as fair or accurate.

Seven thousand Civil Defence workers were killed in the UK during the war – something I hadn’t realised before. One of my grandfathers was in a reserved occupation during the war. He volunteered for the RAF twice and his employers applied to have him back twice. He served as fireman in his spare time and found himself called out during the air raids on Liverpool and Manchester.

His brother, a railwayman, was also in a reserved occupation. He was in the Special Constabulary when he wasn’t working.

Strikes me that it was hard work being a shirker.

17 thoughts on “A Lack of Ideas and a Tour of the Internet

  1. Clare Pooley

    With regard to shirkers, one of my great uncles wasn’t fit enough for the forces in WW1 (he also had flat feet) so was put in charge of one of the mule trains delivering ammunition to the front. He walked miles and miles on his poor flat feet and was in constant danger of being blown up, along with his beloved mules.
    Interesting post, Simon. I enjoy reading all the diverse comments you get.

  2. Helen

    Thanks for discussing this issue. It’s not black and white, by any means. I’m not sure what my dad’s dad instead of fighting in WWII but presumably it was something we needed done.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Must admit that I always give money to the Poppy Appeal but rarely wear a poppy. It’s about helping people not about wearing a poppy. When Julia’s Dad (25 years in the Navy) needed help the council and NHS were very big on excuses and very short on action. The British Legion, however, were very quick to offer help.


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