Tick Tock Tuesday (18 February 2020) – The Miners’ Strike

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.


Last week I talked about the struggle against apartheid. Today I want to talk about another struggle of the era. If you’re outside the UK, you might not appreciate how big an event this was, but in the UK, it was seismic. It changed our society. The Miners’ Strike of 1984/5. For those not interested in politics, please just head straight for the movie clip, which is light-hearted.

If you’re not aware, it was a battle for control, basically between the government and our most powerful trade union. And as always, lots of people in the middle, the collateral damage.

The Miners’ union had actually brought down the government only ten years before, so Margaret Thatcher determined to crush them.

I have mixed feelings about the strike. On the one hand, a Trade Union cannot be allowed to control a country. On the other, to see how a government could treat its own people, and politicise the police in the process, disgusts me. Add to the mix that, these days, we can quite easily construct a reasonable argument that coal should be left in the ground. So if the Miner’s Strike hadn’t hit the Reset button on the industry, how much more of a mess would we be in today?

But it’s possible to put the big picture to one side and just to look at aspects of the strike. The film Pride was released in 2014 and, in short, was about solidarity. It focussed on a London LGBT group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, who realised that the miners were going through the same issues that they normally endured, and decided to try and raise money for them. Their offers of help fell on deaf ears at a national level (homophobia is an absolutely accurate reflection of our society at the time), so they picked a mining community at random (which happened to be Onllwyn, in south-west Wales), and thus began the relationship between the two groups. Not only fund-raising, but exchange visits and the like, as they got to know each other. This clip is what happens when some women from the more conservative Onllwyn are shown the delights of the London gay nightclub scene by members of the group:

I can’r recommend this film highly enough, my best of the last few years.