Or the ego page. Well I am 55 and live in Birmingham,UK.
The three most important facts about me (at least as far as this blog is concerned) are…
- I am a depressive. I have suffered from depression since the mid-80’s and this has changed my life. I am unable to work. Considerable parts of my life (although this varies from year to year) are spent in a state of depression during which I do not communicate at all, let alone write. I am now active in campaigning around Mental Health issues.
- I am a socialist. That of course covers a wide spectrum! I am not sure that now a better description might not be an anarcho-socialist. But I do believe in class as the great determinant of human history, in history being a history of class struggle and in material circumstances determining existence. I also believe (the anarchist part) that liberty for all actions between consenting adults is an absolute and that free speech is an absolute. Reconciling these positions may be impossible but holding contradictory opinions is not the greatest of crimes. I am also an atheist.
- I love the ‘life of the mind’. Although I can only enjoy it when I am well I am passionate about literature, expecially my heroes and heroines such as Byron and Trollope. I read a great many mysteries and love the genre.
Well that’s quite enough ego stuff – all this should become obvious in the blog anyway!