Erratic - Lacking consistency, regularity, or uniformity. Like my blog posts.
I was actually thinking of the noun, a GCSE Geography definition of an erratic : "a piece of rock that differs in composition, shape, etc., from the rock surrounding it, having been transported from its place of origin". This occurred to me when I was musing time-lines.
History time-lines are a wonderful way of looking at the past and throw up all kinds of interesting viewpoints. In the Bronze Age around 1200 BC we were swanning around in old bearskins whilst the Chinese were developing sophisticated philosophy as well as irrigation systems. Whilst the English were being invaded by William of Normandy in 1066 and settling in to a feudal society, Omar Khayyam in Iran was busy solving quadratic equations by geometric means. We were just adopting the curved plough known in China 1000 years previously.
However it was more recent events that got me thinking when I discovered a photograph at auction the other day. We all have a time-line in our heads with our individual understanding of what periods of our lives were like and photography has an ability of breaking into our comfortable mental pictures and showing us hard evidence of a far more complex set of circumstances.
The year 1969 for example. I had that neatly slotted away in my imaginary filing cabinet as the end of the swinging sixties, students revolting across Europe and the USA landing on the Moon yet unable to win a jungle war. In music the Who released "Tommy", the Beatles "Abbey Road", Nick Drake "Five Leaves Left" and Fairport Convention released their three best Albums all within the 12 months. I was into a shoulder length world of Bob Dylan, Al Stewart, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, who released "Songs from a Room" and the Stones who ended the year with their best ever album "Let it Bleed". Boy was it all happening!
But there was another 1969 which rather passed me by. A 1969 of conformity, work ethic and fitting in. Pushing drugs, but perfectly legal drugs and being "Company Men" (nor women) where individual creativity was frowned upon. May I present something which contrasted sharply with the "surrounding rock" - the WD & HO Wills 1969 Harrogate Sales Conference: