Wednesday, 1 October 2014
As Pro-Democracy protestors in Hong Kong take to the street, waiting today for a response from the Chinese government to meet their demands let us remember the words of Liu Xiaobo who was a paricipant in the Tinanamen Square protests who has campaigned hor Human rights in China ever since. He was sentenced to eleven years imprisonment in 2009 for organising and signing Charter 08. He is currently still incarcenated, despite international outrage and numerous calls to release him. This says a lot about how China really treats its people. He said ' in terms of objective effect, it is more dangerous to stop people's mouths than to dam a river. The tall prison walls cannot hold back free expression. A regime cannot establish its legitimacy by suppressing different political views.'
Today is a holiday for China's National Day, and even larger crowds are expected to flood the streets, the people are not scared or frightened any more, and activists and students have bravely been standing up with resiliance and defiance, despite tear gas attacks, and being hit with pepper spray and many being injured as they demand universal suffrage, it's people are no longer afraid to raise their voices Remaining on the streets, already incensed by the Police's heavy manner, staging sit downs and occupations in several neighbourhoods now, outside the original protest area, I wish their desires well in their campaign of civil-disobedience based on principles of non-violence. As people unite young old rich and poor in what is being called the 'umbrella revolution with protestors using umbrellas to protect themselves from rain sun and the effects of tear gas they fight a non-democratic regime, for their rights, relying on their enduring will and spirit. In a beautiful open peaceful display of defiance. A responsible government would heed to its peoples demands.
Meanwhile our own prime minister David Cameron's response has been disgracefully feeble and ineffective, business as usual then.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:28
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Here's the cellar bards and friends reading out their poems on the theme of change in Cardigan West Wales UK at 4pm Saturday September 27th 2014 on the Quay on the banks of the Teifi. Oh and a rare look at teifidancer out in the wild.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:31
Monday, 29 September 2014
' The human race is the only one that knows it must die and it knows this only through its experience. A child bought up alone and transported to a desert island would have no more idea of death than a cat or a plant .' - Voltaire
It is with sadness that I have heard of the passing of poet, playwright, doctor and novelist Dannie Abse at the age of 91.
Born and bought up in Cardiff, he drew on his career as a doctor, his Welsh roots and his proud jewish inheritance to establish himself as one of Britains most popular poets. Many of his themes were international in outlook, combining elements of loss, love, the passing of time, his rich medical understanding and its moral implications. This gave him a compassion for the suffering of the world. His awareness and humanity gave him a conscious awareness.
The brother of Labour M.P Leo Abse, much of his life was spent in loving devotion with his wife, Joan who tragically died in a car accident in 2005, and like many of us he struggled to deal with his grief, but managed to write elonquently a lovely collection called the 'the Presence' which won the Welsh book of the year award in 2008.
His two autobiographies 'Ash on a Young Man's sleeve' and 'Poet in the Family' are now rightly considered to be classics. I recognised his account of his medical training through my own fathers who was to become a G.P. Alongside a deep understanding of the world, ran an overwhelming sense of humour, awash with an experience of thought.. Like Dannie Abse I also undersood some of his themes of exile, he moving from Cardiff to London and personally me having at a very young age moved from Cardiff to here in West Wales.
There is a richness at the heart of his work that I will forever cherish, which I also know will continue to endure.I have been fortunate to hear him read on a few memorable occassions.
He died surrounded by his family after a short illness. The Welsh nation and the world has lost a truly great poet of real conviction.
Dannie Abse R.I.P
' What happens to a flame blown out?
What persists? Only the view,
never my my magified hand in yours.'
Dannie Abse's life and passions reflected in his work
Dannie Abse reading poems for Oxfam
Posted by teifidancer at 15:56
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Yesterday I was one of thousands of poets around the world who participated in 100-Thousands Poets for Change day. I took part in a reading organised by my local live literature group, the cellar bards, in conjunction with our local community bookshop, Leafed Through in an event that took place between 4 pm and 5pm, at Prince Charles Quay here in Cardigan, West Wales.In an inspiring event we gathered to celebrate and promote peace and sustainability and call for much needed serious social environmental and political change with poems written on postcards. It was good to be involved in something so positive, with hundreds of cities representing and over 100 countries signed up to the 100 TPC global initiative.More details here :- http://100TPC.org
The poem I read is included below.
Specks of hope
With this pen,
no walls are drawn,
unity's breath spins,
cancels out division,
removes all orders,
strangers' comfort lifts,
and a strong flame burns,
showering the earth with reason,
releasing leaves of hope,
gently painting the sky,
in rivers of language,
in whirling devotion,
planting smiles on an ugly world,
spreading seeds of peace.
Friday, 26 September 2014
David Cameron will ask MPs in the UK parliament to vote to join the US bombing campaign against Iraq, Chris Nineham from Stop the War coalition, interviewed by the BBC on 24 September 2014, asks, has nothing been learnt from the disasters of wetern inttervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. He urges MPs to vote no, like they did last year, when Cameron wanted a bombing campaign against Syria. To save lives and protect human rights the genocidal fundamentalists of Isis must be stopped, whose barbarity shows no limits but surely there are other ways. Do we repeat past mistakes, do we all become complicit in the end. Ultimately war is not civilised, war is failure.
There are no easy answers. But there is this certainty, killing people rarely kills peoples ideas.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:37
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
The above chart that I found on http://www.reddit.com/ shows that most products we buy are controlled by just a few companies. Despite a wide array of brands to choose from, it all comes back to the big guys.
Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy ; from household products to pet food to jeans. These corporations create an illusion of choice, a chain that begins at one of 10 super companies. Lets not forget that 90% of the media is now controlled by just six companies, down from 50 in 1983. Yes it is indeed a funny old world. Globalisation just another word for monopolisation. Do we actually have a choice in choosing , or is it just the case of free market capitalism destroying any real sense of freedom?
Posted by teifidancer at 13:51