A Sad Loss

I was greatly saddened to hear from BrownhillsBob that we have to say goodbye to The Plastic Hippo, a man who made the local blog scene so much the richer.

This blog is just a random (and infrequent) outpouring of what I do, and what I think. It strays away from political comment most of the time, and my writing could never be described as eloquent or witty: there’s locals much better at that than me, and now we’ve lost one of them.

The Hippo, together with the also sadly departed Mark Blackstock did so much to help build up a local online community that I only ever managed to be on the very periphery of. His shock at the loss of Mark is still there.

I only wish that he’d been well enough recently to turn his talents loose on the huge cock-up that is Brexit, and the everlasting cock-up that constitutes the governance of Walsall Council, because it needs it. I just don’t have the imagination or writing talent to do it justice, unlike him.

I met him in person only a couple of times, but he was a nice guy; likeable, sociable, witty, and caring.

His online prescence made a huge impact for someone who claimed to be a technophobe, whether it was picking apart all that was wrong politically, or giving the odd arsehole a well-deserved kicking in the comments. I’d hope his blog remains online for a long time to come.

I’d like to pass on my sympathy to his family and friends, and just say rest in peace.

One Response to “A Sad Loss”

  1. Willenhall Lad Says:

    Sad.

    maybe it will get moved here: https://archive.org/

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