Norman Strike blogs the U.K. miners' strike.
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Norman Strike is blogging the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike.
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From his account of the "Battle of Orgreave" (June 18, 1984)
: There was the coke works in the distance, squatting on the land and belching out smoke from Yorkshire coal. A black line of police spread across the yellow field in front, with horses to the rear and sides. . . . I began sprinting up the field, trying to avoid the slower lads. I made it to safety but was horrified at what I saw as I looked back down the field. Dogs were biting lads whilst others were being truncheoned by pigs and either led away or dragged away! It was a disgusting sight and one I never thought I’d see in this country. I’ll never forget it but worse was to follow.
Every day, the aptly named Norman Strike reposts an entry from his diary kept during the 1984-85 miners' strike
in the U.K., which would go on to inspire works like Billy Elliot, U2's Red Hill Mining Town
, and the Manic Street Preachers' A Design for Life
Strike can be seen about 3:50 into this video
, on stage at a November 1984 performance by the left-wing band The Redskins on Channel 4's The Tube
. He tried to give a speech but his microphone was cut off. He later re-recorded the speech, which you can listen to here