Five people read my blog page yesterday. I did not promote the page, I am losing faith in Facebook and all the rubbish people are posting. Not sure yet but I think I may well kick it into touch.
The government is saying some form of social restrictions may apply until the end of the year, If it beats this enemy then I am prepared to have my sentence increased.
In writing this daily page I have not been thus far including pictures as when I publish everything as an e-book on Amazon I fear the illustrations may push up the cover price. SOD THAT, today there will be a lot of pictures.
We'll start off with this picture of some wind chimes in the courtyard of my home. They have hung in different parts of my garden for thirty years and yet they still look brand new. They did not come from a local garden centre or even Amazon, was Amazon around thirty years ago ? I got them from a prison, a prison in America. Folsom Jail, yes I know the proper spelling is gaol but Americans can't spell can they ? Folsom is an American prison so I will defer to the misspelling.
Folsom in California is a maximum security prison, in America where the death sentence is still used it is a place of execution. It is also a tourist attraction. At the front of the prison is a market selling things made by the prisoners. That is where I dipped into my pocket to buy these chimes.
I also purchased a painting. Here it is in my summer house and writing den.
This picture was painted by prisoner Dale T Hayward, I have often wondered who Dale T Hayward is and why he was serving time in a maximum security prison.
I have only been to Folsom Prison once, on release from my own time behind bars I may well go back. I wonder if it has changed, I wonder if there is still the market of items made by the prisoners.
Another American prison I have visited is, of course, Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. That isnow 100% a tourist attraction.
When it was an operational prison it must have been a very scary place.
On my last visit I met a former prisoner and purchased his book. I have to confess I have only dipped into it, I have not read it in full.
I have, however, read Jeffrey Archer's Prison Diary in full and found it fascinating.
Archer is a highly successful writer, I love his work. He was politician. He took a newspaper to court and won a case for libel subsequently being awarded damages. When it was found that he had lied under oath he was charged with perverting the course of justice and sentenced to four years in prison of which he served two years. His prison diaries are well worthreading. All in all he has sold 330 million books world-wide. If I could sell the same number from my library shelf on Amazon I would make £244,200,000 !
Another writer who brought a case for libel was Oscar Wilde. He sued The Marquis of Queensbury who called him a bugger and of having a sexual relationship with his son Lord Alfred Douglas.
Wilde lost his case which meant he was guilty of breaking the law as same sex relations was illegal in Victorian Britan. Wild was sent to gaol.
Right now we are all in prison aren't we. A different kind of prison but still behind bars. I am trying to preserve my sanity by writing, writing which includes this daily account.
Wild did not write a prison diary but ion his release he wrote a poem, a factual poem THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. Please let me share it with you.