Opher Goodwin - a short biog.

Opher Goodwin was born in the Deep South on the Thames Delta. He ran wild in the fields, ditches and trees lost in the wonders of nature until girls enticed him out of that first obsession and straight into another.


He developed a passion for Rock Music at the age of ten and has followed that through until now. He went to his first gig at the age of fourteen when he saw the British Birds at the local Palais. The second band he saw was Them with Van Morrison. There was no looking back. He was smitten by the excitement.


He lived in London as a student during the sixties and went to at least three gigs a week catching all the major acts in small clubs at their very peak. He is still travelling the world and making sure that he sees everything (though not with a rucksack these days), reads avidly and enjoys life to the full.


In the seventies he had a career in teaching, first with his beloved Biology and progressing to become a Secondary School Headteacher. Always the philosophy was the same – tolerance, empathy, respect and responsibility. You don’t alter the world for the better with hatred and violence. He is still an idealist who believes in building a positive zeitgeist.


Throughout that career, as he helped raise four children with his long-suffering wife, he practiced another of his obsessions which was writing. So far he has only written fifty five books (but there’s a lot more still in his head).


Now he sits in his den on the Costa Del Humber surrounded by five thousand vinyl albums, ten thousand CDs, 2 computers full of MP3s, shelves of books on Rock, Beat Poetry, novels and Sci-Fi, drawers full of singles and magazines, and writes, while his wife does her thing and his kids are flown.


He is content.


Nobody is more obsessive. Nobody is more passionate. He tells it like it is with all the fury of a radical zealot – Love one another! – Look after the world! – Enjoy yourself!


opher goodwin Added Oct 9, 2017 - 8:03pm
Here you are. Something less contentious for these trying times. There's far too much aggression and heated up nastiness. You get an idea of what I'm about and what I stand for.
opher goodwin Added Oct 9, 2017 - 8:29pm
A great series John. I loved the Young Ones. Thanks for putting that up. Good of you to comment.
Leroy Added Oct 9, 2017 - 8:51pm
At least we have one thing in common; we were both born in the Deep South.
Leroy Added Oct 9, 2017 - 10:11pm
Bio in American speak.
Michael B. Added Oct 9, 2017 - 10:14pm
Opher, you sound a lot like someone I know, but he was born in the Deep South of California, and he doesn't have a wife, not any more, anyway, lol.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 9, 2017 - 10:51pm
You and he have nothing in common Michael. You have a brain and common sense.
Michael B. Added Oct 9, 2017 - 11:01pm
Captain Gilbert! Glad to hear from you, you muthafucka! Thank you most kindly sir! Actually, I wasn't referring to myself, but whatever dude! Good to know that you're still in the game!
Mark Hunter Added Oct 10, 2017 - 12:59am
Ah, girls. The only obsession I've had for as long as writing.
Flying Junior Added Oct 10, 2017 - 1:48am
Did you see John Mayhall at the Royal Festival Hall in the spring of 1972?  That was me riffing on, "Room to Move," with my little Hohner Marine Band in the key of F-major before the show.
If you were there, you might remember that I climbed into the choir loft to check out the last set.  About a hundred English hippies all followed me.
It's possible, right?  I also saw David Essex and Jeremy Irons in, "Godspell," on the stage.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 10, 2017 - 3:49am
surrounded by five thousand vinyl albums, ten thousand CDs, 2 computers full of MP3s, shelves of books on Rock, Beat Poetry, novels and Sci-Fi, drawers full of singles and magazines
Yet tells us consumerism is ruining the planet. 
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:44am
Leroy - I think we may have a few more things in common than that.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:45am
Neelon - a biography.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:45am
Michael - what there is someone else like me? Don't tell the wife.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:47am
John G - sad loss Rick Mayall. Very caring, intelligent man and a great actor.
Not quite geriatric yet.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:49am
Mak - lol. We are ruled by our hormones.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:54am
FJ - I used to follow Mayall around a lot. He always had great bands. I saw him with Clapton, Green and Taylor. He was the father of that late sixties Blues boom. But I'm afraid that I did not go to the Festival Hall in 72 - or not that I remember. We'd just come back from the US where we'd lived in Boston and worked restaurants before hitching and greyhounding our way round. We were penniless and looking to move up to London. It was a year when we had little time for gigging. Heavens we might have met!
Neil Lock Added Oct 10, 2017 - 8:12am
Nice to know some more about you, Opher. My tastes are a bit different from yours - for example, musically I'm a brass bandsman (tuba player). And I've only written two books, so I can't match you there. But I'm sure we have quite a few things in common. More than either of us does with some of the trolls around here, certainly.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 8:58am
Neil - It's good to meet, talk and exchange views. I love tuba though brass bands are not my favourite forms of music. We might have different tastes but it is always good to share and also to meet people who are polite and courteous.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 9:02am
Michael - you are too kind. Lol. A nice one.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 10, 2017 - 9:21am
I still live in a single room in Switzerland, surrounded by about 10 used laptops and computers, my Ibanez axe, several ten thousand mp3's and ebooks, and a bed. No need for more.
I had a similar youth, but no career. I probably would have started one, but my urge to see the world ate up all my cash, and after that I found out that 90% of the people on that ball are also living like me, so no need to change anything or feel less "worth" ;-)
The only thing which is important to me is to build that house on the beach, which I've started. Since I was 19, I always wanted one. That is and will be the only important material investment in my life that cost more than a thousand bucks.
So I'm content.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 10, 2017 - 9:40am
BTW: What really counts for me is that I can hop on a plane and have many places in the world where I'm welcomed and can live if needed to. I'm not fixed onto a place and I need that feeling of temporary living, which life as a whole IS in fact. A temporary condition.
Cars rust, houses can crumble and clothes wear off. Friendship and affection don't.
Now I sound like an old hippie LOL
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 9:51am
SEF - I can identify with that. I had kids and made compromises of a sort. But I found a career with teaching that felt incredibly fulfilling and worthwhile. I was lucky.
The material stuff counts for little - it's friendship that matters.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 9:51am
SEF - nothing wrong with being an old hippie.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 9:57am
Hi Michael - this is a real video made of me by one of my teaching staff.
It sums up a lot of what I feel and was a huge compliment that one of my staff wanted to do it. A bit of nostalgia for me too.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 10, 2017 - 9:58am
:-) I was a teacher too, when I gave English and German lessons to the kids in Mali on an old blackboard in our backyard. But I couldn't use that experience back home due to no papers and work certificates as well as no University degree ;-)
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 10:02am
Yes I found the kids in Africa were desperate for education. I did some when I was over there.
Ari Silverstein Added Oct 10, 2017 - 11:37pm
“You don’t alter the world for the better with hatred and violence.”
So are you really of the belief some think they can alter the world for the better with hatred and violence?  If so, please name one person that thinks that.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 4:41am
Ari - the millions who think we use war and an iron fist to deal with Iran and North Korea to start with. The ones who think that Trump's 'rocket man' jibes are the way forward. The Palestinians and Israelis who think that knifing, shooting, blowing up and bulldozing is going to make things better. The people who think building walls is better than giving a helping hand. I could go on. 
Ari Silverstein Added Oct 11, 2017 - 11:07am
The fact there millions that believe we use war and an iron fist to deal with Iran and North Korea, does mean they’re right.  The fact of the matter is that our military has done nothing to harm Iran and North Korea.  As for an iron fist, we have no authority in these countries. 
Palestinians and Israelis believe the other is using violence, they don’t believe they are guilty for the violence.  A product of the violence is hatred towards the other.  Finally, if you’re going to accuse Trump of using hatred and violence, just go out and say it and stop pussy-footing around.  In short, you have no evidence that anyone thinks the world would be a better place by using more hatred and violence. 
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 12:53pm
Ari - I don't pussy-foot around. I think the man is a moron. I can't be much clearer. He is uncouth and idiotic.
I think I was quite clear - there are many who think that the answer to Iran and North Korea is to bomb them. They hate those people that they have never met and want to wipe them out.
I think there are many Jews and Palestinians who hate each other and think the answer is to kill.
Many want revenge. Many think that strength and force are the answer. They believe they are justified.
I believe that violence and aggression merely create more hatred and violence.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 2:57pm
Michael I agree with you. Violence is sometimes needed - but as a last resort. How many of the wars of the past sixty years couldn't have been dealt with differently? In my opinion nearly all.
Trump, who popularity is at an all-time low and heading down, will look for something to deflect criticism. War is the usual thing. Korea? Iran? Both? Who knows? And who knows where that will lead?
Leroy Added Oct 11, 2017 - 3:13pm
" I don't pussy-foot around. I think the man is a moron. I can't be much clearer. He is uncouth and idiotic."
For a guy who complains against name calling, uncouthness, and boorishness, you certainly utter your fair share.
Donna Added Oct 11, 2017 - 3:29pm
opher, it will lead to our end! simply put, the orange tweeter, cares nothing for anyone but himself, and his cronies.
Donna Added Oct 11, 2017 - 3:38pm
John G- Whom are you responding to?
Donna Added Oct 11, 2017 - 4:07pm
John G- I think all are criminal. Not one is a qualified leader. 
Hillary lost for reasons we all know to well. Let that one be for all including her to continue to deny. 
Tweet Pres. has some very lose strings, and one can only assume he has not our best interest in mind. He is a loose cannon. 
Do i think NK needs to be dealt with, not sure. I see it this way, if we can do as we please,and cause or become involved in all of the worlds wars and affairs, then who are we to say no you can't have what we do. On the other hand, i really do not wish to die from  some loony little dude from a Country, i honestly have little knowledge about.
Iran, i think has been going on for two long again i have no answers.
I just think maybe it is time we focused on our infrastructure,and life here, and stay out of world affairs. We have enough problems right here at home.
opher really didn't say we had to deal with them, he only states what we all know to well, any time a politician or the Government needs to make a statement, it is at the cost of lives..usually ours. At least that is how i took his post.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Leroy - I do not talk abuse to people. I talk about people in positions of power who abuse those positions and are evil. That is many present day politicians. I think they are scum.
When I am speaking with people I treat them with respect unless they abuse me or are doing something I find totally abhorrent. Trump is one such. I don't, and can't bully Trump. He'll never read anything I say. He holds all the power.
I do not like disrespect or abuse when discussing things with people. I respect their opinions even if it is totally opposite of mine. Talking about people in the public arena is a totally different thing.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 5:04pm
John G - don't twist my words. I did not say we should deal with Iran and North Korea. I said we needed to talk with them and not use an iron fist. The way the warmongering Trump is going we'll have a war with both of them. My point is that war is best avoided at all costs - nobody will win and hate breeds hate. You did not read my posts properly.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 5:05pm
Donna - I'm with you - I think Trump is a loose cannon who could easily start World War 3.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 5:10pm
John g - for once we agree.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 7:11pm
John G - that's because you're an antagonistic cynic.
opher goodwin Added Oct 11, 2017 - 7:46pm
John G - probably because you never fucking explain yourself. Try doing a post on it eh? Tell everyone what you really believe.
Donna Added Oct 11, 2017 - 8:01pm
John G. Please enlighten me what do you really believe. We all have strong opinions. What is yours. I fully agree it is all the USA game as I refer to it.  More BS from Washington. Lies and more lies.                                         Opher where do you reside. I am in NY. A progressive State. Expensive State. 
wsucram15 Added Oct 11, 2017 - 8:13pm
SEF..you are an ol' hippie.  LOL.
Opher..interesting article,  it is always good to read into someones history.  
I ve written all of my past stuff so you've read that.
Saint George Added Oct 12, 2017 - 4:05am
You have a brain and common sense
I've often heard that about Michael. Mainly from him.
opher goodwin Added Oct 12, 2017 - 8:47am
Donna - I live in the North of England. I used to live in London and for a year in Los Angeles and a few months in Boston.
opher goodwin Added Oct 12, 2017 - 8:48am
John G - at least a partial explanation of your views. That's more than we usually get.
opher goodwin Added Oct 12, 2017 - 8:55am
Saint - I too find it fascinating. I am indeed a product of those heady days in the sixties when all things naively seemed possible. But I would not go so far as to describe myself as an old hippie. Back then we called ourselves Freaks because we saw the world differently. I still see the world differently. I still nurture that old idealism and dream of a better world and I've always done things my way. A lot of the baggage that went with the old Hippie dream I have discarded. It was naïve. But the ethos is still there. I don't want to be part of that machine that is crunching up the planet and I passionately care for the environment. Seeing the damage being wreaked on the wildlife distresses me. When I was a child I would not have believed that I'd live to see the day when elephants, chimps, gorillas and rhinos might be wiped out. I now think that is a possibility.
opher goodwin Added Oct 12, 2017 - 8:56am
Sorry that last one was meant to be Jeanne.
opher goodwin Added Oct 12, 2017 - 8:57am
John G - I've spent pounds sterling in Australia and American dollars all around the planet.
wsucram15 Added Oct 12, 2017 - 10:15am
No the ol hippie comment was for SEF.
You are more of a bohemian..kind of spirit.  I feel the same way about the animals...I just dont understand why you would destroy the plant, and animal life.  Well I guess if you are killing the planet..why not?
opher goodwin Added Oct 12, 2017 - 1:56pm
Jeanne - it is all about profit. They destroy habitat for agriculture - coffee, palm oil, timber. As they open the jungle up with logging trails the hunters move in. They indiscriminately shoot everything that moves and sell it as bushmeat. They kill families to get hold of the babies to sell to zoos or as pets. You can buy elephant feet umbrella stands, dried gorilla hands, chimpanzee meat. In the Asian markets there are stalls and stalls of dried lizards, turtles and snakes as ornaments/mementos for tourists. The slaughter goes on. Then there's the pesticides and the killing of animals that might endanger crops or be a threat.
In my lifetime I have seen populations devastated. As a biologist I find it sickening. The worst thing is that nobody really cares.
In Zambia I used to watch the stream of trucks go by festooned with dead carcasses of chimps, monkeys and other creatures destined for market. In Vietnam the jungle was silent. They eat all the insects and all the lizards and birds.
opher goodwin Added Oct 12, 2017 - 7:08pm
John G - no I just don't fall for your extreme view. I base my views on my experience.
I really don't see what point you are making here with currency. It is easy to exchange and I had no problems whatsoever. In many countries they accepted sterling and dollars in preference to local currency.
Saint George Added Oct 12, 2017 - 8:46pm
No Goodwin, you're just too closed minded and ignorant to read or comprehend.
Pot-Kettle-Black, skiddy-g.
You spew Modern Monetary Theory bullshit all over this site but you've read very little about it, even from its originators, let alone its many critics.
You're a very special kind of stupid.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 13, 2017 - 10:49am
Super Goof
.......who asks you to shit in front of other people's door ?
opher goodwin Added Oct 13, 2017 - 1:15pm
John G - I spent it. I bought stuff. It became beer and food, coffee and cake, put-put and meals. It might well have been exchanged down the line. So fucking what?
Stone-Eater Added Oct 16, 2017 - 3:59pm
Welcome here :-) The tone is rough here, but there are pearls in it :-)
Stone-Eater Added Oct 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
BTW: Beware - Opher is a POME ;-)
opher goodwin Added Oct 16, 2017 - 6:06pm
Colette - welcome to WB and this thread. It gets a bit hairy here sometimes. We get these exceedingly extreme people who like to bully, rant and ridicule. But pay no heed. They are just sad.
As SEF points out (I think) I'm English, and you do get to meet some very pleasant and intelligent people too. It's worth sticking with and I also quite enjoy being rude back to the morons who try to abuse me.
You can get a real bit of serious thinking here.
As for me I write books on Sci-fi, Rock Music, Education, Art, Poetry, Antitheism, Novels, Environmental, the Sixties and other weird stuff. Check them out on Amazon. Whatever takes my fancy really.
Stick with it Colette - it's only words. Enjoy the debate and ignore the abuse.
Shane Laing Added Oct 17, 2017 - 5:12am
Opher, keep out of the Trogs Bar in Hull. Rough, very rough. Had my first plate of chips covered in gravy in Hull, absolutely fabulous.
opher goodwin Added Oct 17, 2017 - 2:14pm
Shane sounds great. Never been in Trogs. You should try Kardomah94.