Blog: What the Walls Heard, 2020

“The Café with Five Faces; what the walls heard, 2018-2019” – the brand new fully illustrated book, due for release, Spring 2020

Here’s a taster of one chapter: Mike (from the Cape Town room) gives his reaction to the December 2019 General Election result – as un-pretty as one might expect!

This particular Friday the thirteenth, that of December 2019, was probably the bleakest Friday the thirteenth ever. Many would say ‘definitely’. It was the day when the British electorate somehow managed to green-light something which our venerable and esteemed former Speaker, John Bercow, has, correctly in my view, decreed the biggest national mistake since the Second World War. As an analogy, imagine all the turkeys in the United Kingdom having a December vote in which the choice was a traditional turkey Christmas or a progressive, forward-looking vegetarian festive season. For some reason, the head turkey was in favour of the former, as he had an escape route, and by various means such as avoiding interviews, evading scrutiny and hiding in fridges, managed to persuade a sizeable minority of those eligible to vote that he was right and would get it done. As a result, due to an archaic electoral system which deprived many of a real voice, the turkeys did indeed vote for Christmas and suffered a consequent demise.

Now the head turkey in question, slavishly supported by his hench-fowl, the likes of Priti Chicken and the in-bred Eton mafia, and financially backed by his blinkered, mega-rich cronies, who were also safe from the damage their actions and policies would lead to, tell the rest of the poultry population, “We won, so shut up”. Faced with the prospect of being devoured or seeing one’s country flushed down the pan, we say, “No, we won’t shut the fuck up because we care and we know we are right and with evidence to prove so”.

The above was written by someone who regards himself to be a true moderate Conservative party supporter, someone now so disillusioned with the alt-right faction led by Johnson, he has lost all belief and trust.

A dark end to 2019; a dark decade looming ahead

Published by thecafewithfivefaces

A traveller, an observer and a coffee fanatic, Chaelli has, to use a turn of phrase, been around a bit! He has travelled the world in his capacity as a trainer, working primarily in Europe, but also in South Africa, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Central and South-East Asia. During this time, he has developed a particular affection for, and affinity with Beirut, Budapest, Cape Town and Granada, along with the much closer to home Hebden Bridge. Having spent many months in all of these places, he has named a room in his cafe after each of them, hence The Cafe with Five Faces. His 'day job' involves a lot of observation and he has used these 'skills', also known as 'nosiness', to put together The Cafe with Five Faces, a book of the stories his cafe's walls have overheard, and will continue to overhear. Delving back into the annals of history, Chaelli studied History and Politics and maintains an active interest in the latter, being a vocal member of most things anti-Brexit, a mistake he views as a form of national suicide. These days, he is studying for a Diploma in Coffee Skills and has so far taken courses in Beirut, London, Cape Town, Bogota and Villa de Leyva (Colombia). He has been a writer for a long time, starting with children's adventure stores written when barely a teen, through to materials and courses for English teachers and an as yet unpublished travelogue.

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