Fandango’s One Word Challenge (7 July 2020)

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), taste.

For the benefit of non-UK readers, this show – The Young Ones – is (now) venerated as the show which launched alternative comedy in the UK. At the time it first aired (mid-Eighties) it was widely regarded as poor taste.

Tick Tock Tuesday (7 July 2020) – The Wailers

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.


With just a couple of these posts to go, I want to recap on one of my early inspirations, and still one of my top artists.

The thing about Bob Marley is that you feel like his music is seducing you. You get hooked by the pleasant music, but then you then get an understanding of what he’s actually singing about, and you realise they’re about some pretty deep things.

Much of Bob’s work, his backing band was the Wailers. We all know that. But before there was Bob out front, he was just a one-third member of the trio The Wailers. Comprising Bob, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Livingston. As time went by, Peter and Bunny left Bob to travel the world, but certainly in the early days, Bob was one of a threesome.

Of the others, Peter died violently in Kingston, Jamaica just a few years after Bob’s death (1987), but Bunny is still going, well into his seventies now. He recorded music as Bunny Wailer and has released several albums over the years.

In fact, the first few albums that Bob released, they were reaeased as just The Wailers.

So I wanted to go back today to that three-piece, and back to one of those pleasant songs with a very serious meaning. If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, and we’re coming to cut you down.