Living in a backwater

I live in Norfolk, England. It has a reputation for being behind the times and not up-to-date with modern culture and it’s true. Since I feel disconnected and not part of modern culture either, it fits that I live here.

The funniest thing is when I read about people winding themselves up about things and then I sit and puzzle what the fuss is about. I don’t want to go into specifics here as to upset people but my wife recently read to me an article (probably from the Daily Fail) about “Group A” getting upset with “Group B” wearing something that “Group A” started to wear first and argues that it’s part of the “Group A” identity and now “Group B” can’t wear them at a certain school. OK, I’m being a bit vague, the item that “Group B” is banned from wearing is hooped earrings.

Before I go any further, anyone reading this needs to know that I do not see how hooped earrings can cause offense (a caveat; if “Group B” are doing it specifically to piss off “Group A” then it is clearly an issue). I also want to add that this is a piece of news on a news outlet who, let’s be clear here, are known to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

I am a liberal lefty and proud of it. However really don’t get this. I’m not going to deny that it’s probably because this kind of thing doesn’t go on around here and even if it does, I’m nothing to do with it.

I see myself as a human. I see everybody else as a human. I don’t have any preconceived  notions about other humans.

Living in a backwater hides me from confusing things.

Carl