11 September 2005 New York,
About This time of year I am bound to think of My Wedding Anniversary, September 7th, because I receive so many hints and reminders.
Mrs Monk is my first American Wife, and America is where we were wed; Snow Hill, Delaware to be particular. The marriage has been somewhat sanctified in these pages, in song and wine and pizza, so I have done my dues in the hallmark lovey sense, but we are also reminded at this time of the year by other events.
11th September is my American Nephew, Johnny Mazcko’s birthday, himself a talented musician, now apparently watching the Rolling Stones in Boston as I write.
On that same day in 2001, Johnny was thinking about his birthday in Boston and Mrs Monk was at school teaching English to the English and I was at home alone where I make my living
I heard the news of the first strike on the first tower on BBC radio4 and of course I was I was prompted to turn on the TV and subsequently watched the second tower get struck live as it happened, and then in turn, each collapse and the horror, and the pornography of the endless re-runs, the repetition, again and again, until I could bear it no more.
Mrs Monk, was out of reach. I turned to the piano and recorded the attached piece of music that very day, as the reruns flickered in the background, and as I half listened to the news readers as they struggled to comprehend and explain, and maintain their integrity and composure.
I placed an American flag prominently outside our front door for Mrs monk, when she returned home from school.
The same small flag has been placed there each year since on 11th September. I am not a natural flag waver, but it seemed OK to wave a flag that was not mine to wave.
Since then I have been annoyed by the partiality of the BBC's Andrew Gillingham for example, but even more by American tabloid TV, particularly the red neck Fox network so beloved of middle America it seems. But also we are surprised by the denial of the liberal elite who seem determined to deny the correlation of this event with Iraq, as if it were acceptable to turn a blind eye to the tyranny of a dictator when something could be done and should have been done sooner.