American Nomads Storyville Forces of Nature

I watched a good Richard Grant documentary this week that reminded me of my travelling years, and especially the first year tramping around Europe and the Middle-East in 1987/88 seasonal working, beach-living, hitch-hiking and sleeping rough. My first post-PhD book was a memoir of that year, and is available on Amazon and Chipmunka.


I saw American Nomads the first time it was shown on the BBC nearly five years ago, and I’ve read Grant’s book; before the documentary I think. It’s also available on YouTube now:

It’s not an easy life, as the documentary shows, and only for those who really have deep wanderlust, or have no choice, but the American desert still calls me now, thirty or more years after I first intended travelling there after Europe. I can understand Grant ending up there, with its wide open spaces, surreal views, dry heat and interesting characters; although I always fancied the California coast.

Forces of Nature Last Light

The last light of day in the western sky is always surreal to me, wherever I am. When I was young and never wanted the day to end, on weekends anyway, I often used to think it would be great to just fly into the last light, escaping the night and end of day, ending up in summer in the Arctic Circle, where the sun never sets.

My short poem Last Light of Day appears in my first poetry collection, Bipolarity and ADHD to Folding Mirrors, also available on Amazon and Chipmunka.

Brian Cox did that in the second episode of his new series, Forces of Nature, to show how we can escape the daily cycle of day and night by travelling faster than the Earth is spinning (650 miles an hour) in a Typhoon Eurofighter jet that flies twice the speed of sound. Beyond mach.78, at a 1000 miles an hour, the jet sees the sun rise again. It’s available on YouTube:

Storyville: Unlocking the Cage

The latest Storyville documentary, Unlocking the Cage, was about Steven Wise, a lawyer who used his education to try and help animals: bringing them more legal rights to be precise.

It reminded me of my objectives when I started the greenygrey, although my scope was broader and not so specialised: maybe why I’ve been less noticed? It’s also available on YouTube:


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