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 - A Simple tribute
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,
solidarity's 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
I am sharing it because I believe it is important for you to be aware of who is supplying the different brands and goods served on your dinner table.
Click to enlarge it 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. Daily now I continue to consume and use social media platforms run by globalists like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc but be switching off in bit and heading back to the garden, But Globalisation is 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
Monday, 22 September 2014
Because of this I feel, we cannot fail to ignore the urgent issues that Mr Snyder brings up. We must keep working together to put an end to the destruction of the Earth by forces of human greed and ignorance, and remember too the devastating effects of capitalism upon nature.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:54
Sunday, 21 September 2014
impenetratable, not complicit
we remember innocents lost
to remote controlled killing machines,
from within sources of passion woven
richness of colour, keep us dreaming
stitches of time, spinning,
searching clearly for waves of hope.
As winter grows near
something already is being changed,
tomorrow will be time, for light to shine
together tracing unity's breath,
touching horizons. North, South, East and West
from this place, like singing birds
faith is restored, love rekindled,
as voices float freely through the sky,
we continue following paths of heddwch, peace.
wonder who this could be
Posted by teifidancer at 15:24
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Well I have not slept for a couple of days, better then, than the other week, in South Wales when I only managed in a week to get about an hour a day shut eye. And oh that reminds me, the last time I put on the television left me feeling a tad miserable. Yet despite this, and what they are saying, there has been a huge vote for independence, despite media manipulation a large percentance of the population of Scotland rejected the corrupt undemocratic Westminster system in an unprecedented number.
So though very tired, had a sublime night of dub music by the magical Maya Mitten down in my local, the cellar bar, I remain faithfully optimistic for the future. I think that with creativity and diversity we can create a brighter future, beyond the neoliberal consensus and bullshit, that says no to cuts and austerity, to nuclear missiles, yes to the N.H.S, together we reject political parties that offer us no choice, so wee keep on fighting for some real change, and will not rest until, the day comes, that we will win.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:00
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Some final thoughts. The establishment is running scared, the government, big business and the banks have bought out their big guns to try to scare the Scottish people, but its inhabitants seem to be wide awake, despite the propaganda being spewed against them, they have been taking to the streets, organising, winning hearts and minds. I really hope they have not left it too late, and that they are brave enough to kick Westminster in the guts and win their freedom, and that they remind the rest of us , that it is ok not to be complacent.
We need to remember that the Tory government has no mandate, was not voted in, least of all the Lib Dems, who are have been propping them up, a government still fixed on austerity whilst lining their own pockets and that of their friends. So I really hope David Cameron gets a big message - Fuck off now. I really hope these seeds of discontentment grow and the hope for a fairer more caring and prosperous society spreads like a virus, reflecting a growing disillusionment with Westminster led policies, a river of change that leaves the status quo shaking in its boots. A yes vote on Scottish independence would plunge Cameron into a leadership crisis that could force him to quit. It's up to the rest of us to finish the job.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:44
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
David Cameron thought he was being clever when he forced Scotland to take a straight yes or no vote in laving the union. But smugness is his middle name and this could be the most political gamble of his whole tawdry career..
With a day to go, he seems to be panicking as the vote looks as if it could go either way. Lets remember this vote is not about nationalism, it is about redressing some balance. It is about a nation that has been violently supressed, a working class that has been binded in chains, that has been ripe in exploitation and oppression. This for many is now being seen as a vote against the Conservatives and their friends who have for years mismanaged Scotland's economy. The same Conservatives who in Scotland are more reviled than since the days of Thatcher, who many blame for the poverty that wreaks daily misery on peoples lives.
It would not be heartbreaking if the people of Scotland chose a new beginning, it would just be part of a journey of recovery that often people need to take. If not taken now it could be centuries before the opportunity arose again. It is interesting how his so called opposition both the Labour Party and Liberal democrats leaders joining Cameron in calling for a no vote, see how much these abusers of power have so much in common.
Whatever the outcome Salmod as leader of the SNP finds himself in a win win position, even if he loses his vote Scotland could be granted new powers, but a no vote would leave Scotlands hands tied, when like all small nations what is needed is their absolute freedom. I personally as a Welshman have never seen myself as being part of the UK, I also reject the class system that this institution is based on, believe no borders are actually necessary that power needs to be given back to the people, we need to say no to sham democracy, yes to more equality, more autonomy.
I like the fact that the yes vote has garnered new strengths of feeling, a kind of anti-capitalist rhetoric, bravely dancing towards a future, not dancing to the intruments of division that has kept many people downtrodden in yesterdays memories. A fight for a different society, a fight for fairness and social justice, a struggle that could in the end inspire us all. A new future that sets a template about how our different wealth is shared.
New hopes where imagination is recaptured, dreams are nurtured, a different form of society is experimented with, for the good of all. Sadly the fact remains that like all governments, a future independent Scotland will nor be able to maintain the promises that is is making, it might be unable to share its wealth, protect the NHS, like other governments, will seek to attack the unemployed, the disabled, outsiders, night get stuck in the narrow contstraints of nationalism, but in the end like any new democracies, opposition to its policies will still be encouraged. It's gotta be better than the template already in place, some say I'm a dreamer, but I am not the only one, and in all my hopes I really do like the idea of Cameron and his coherts getting a real good kicking, and I support a new society that arises that creates new possibilities, against the stagnation of the present system in place, a new era of radical change.
The Westminster government tells us we must keep a 70 year old weapons system called Trident, operating from the West Coast Of Scotland, and Independence threatens this, but they don't say is that there are millions of pounds worth of oil and gas reserves here too, and that by removing Trident these fields become more viable for the economic prosperity of Scotland as a whole, that could see it becomming one of the richest economies on the planet.
I truly wish more people were taking a stand and challenging the notions of the British state. A new politics that everyone is not afraid to engage with, that excites, and does not forget the power of the individual.more power to the people. The powerful do not want to see anymore change, but the people daily are increasingly restless., and with collective pressures for social, economic and political change, surely that can only be a good thing. Yes or No, we need people to keep pushing for a more caring society, some radical change, otherwise the status quo just sits back and smiles, carries on beating us, this political consensus and our compliance I believe needs to be shattered, for the sake of us all.Voting does not change thing, many of my friends say, but critical support for an independent Scotland is better than no change at all. This celtic cousin is holding his breath , hoping for something that changes our political landscape forever, whatever the outcome, the way the UK is governed will never be the same again, and the voters decisions in Scotland, whether they vote or not will have a lasting impact on our lives here in West Wales too.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:07
Monday, 15 September 2014
In terms of political philosophy, William Burroughs was never far from hitting the nail on the proverbial head. Hopefully these machines of order are finally losing their credibility.
' We have a new type of rule now. Not one-man rule, one rule of aristocracy or plutocracy, but of small groups elevated to positions of absolute power by random pressures, and subject to political and economic factors that leave little room for decision. They are representatives of abstract forces who have reached power through surrender of self. That iron-willed dictator is a thing of the past. There will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers. The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident, inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.'
- Interzone Viking 1989
Posted by teifidancer at 13:34
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Saturday September 20th -Sunday September 21st
Please keep these dates in your diary!
We in Wales will be joining others across the world to mark this years International Day of Peace by campaigning against militarism, war preparations and armaments with a particular focus on drones at Aberporth and the Trident nuclear weapons system and its replacement.
Drones are currently being 'tested' for the British army at Aberporth in Ceredigion, West Wales, and this will be the venue for the main protest on Sunday 21st September.
'Warm up' events in Cardigan town will take place on the previous day.
1.Saturday 20th September
Following successful anti-Nato vigil at Cardigan Town hall, this event will focus on the military drones at Aberporth. Trident and its replacement, ant-militarism and war in General.
Contact Bob Doyle : firstname.lastname@example.org
At 12. midday there will be a special (and beautiful) 'Drape the Drones' focus at the same venue with 'Wool against weapons' knitting will be on display, , singing and bubbles.
It is hoped that following these events, the good folk of Cardigan will be better informed about these issues and feel encouraged to come to the main event on Sunday.
2. Sunday 21st September
Entrance to Parc Aberporth Drones ' Centre of Excellence' ( from the main road A487. Post code sa43 2BN
12.00 midday - 1.15 pm
This positive event will include songs, poems, speeches and music followed at 1.00 to 1.15 by a knitted photo call around the roundabout at the entrance, and with your help a noisy finale.
Please come along and join me.
Bring shakers, drums, musical instruments for a noisy big finish and show - and feel our strength . Please come and join me.
Posted by teifidancer at 12:44
Friday, 12 September 2014
This animation was made in response to the crises in Gaza. These drawings are original pictures by Palestinian children from the area which depict both the brutalities experienced in the 2008 war and their hopes and dreams for the future.
During the most recent conflict one child died every hour in Gaza and every child there, aged 6 and over has already experienced 3 or more wars.
Despite the ceasefire, the Israeli-imposed blockade remains and will ensure that children growing up in Gaza with continue to live through extreme hardship.
The focus of this piece is to grow, spread and strengthen awareness of the Palestinian struggle for freedom so that there can be a positive and just future.
Animation by Plastic Horse
Sound Design by Giacomo Trivelli
Written and produced by Katie Clark
There are over 800,000 children living in Gaza, they make up more than half of the population. They remain a source of optimism and much courage, the world should not forget them as they are forced to live out their lives in the ruins of a concentration camp. Their rights to education curtailed with closures and curfews of schools and classes, leading to insecurity and dermoralisation combined with home demolishments, arbitrary arrests, checkpoints, and the wall, daily they are witnewss to injustices and oppression.Today it is these children who are still paying the highest price of this conflict.
Yet despite all this these children remain a source of optimism, hope and much courage. My dream is that they all grow up and find their much deserved freedom.
Lesson 2 :- Rebuild
Lesson 3 :- Boycott
Lesson 4 :- Resist
Lesson 5 :- We build life
Posted by teifidancer at 14:02
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
According to the BBC, the economy is growing, there are more jobs than ever and the banks are our friends, and they keep telling us about some rich individuals who are expecting a baby, that their mum is a bit cross, seemingly furious because opinion polls seem to suggest that the vote for Scotland's independence is getting close, hardly any coincidence.
Last week hardly a muster of the daily protests against Nato in South Wales, and nothing on the enormous protests that took place in defence of the NHS. Do they tell us that Corporal Clegg is a plonker, that his puppeteer Cameron seems intent on taking us back to the 1980's, to many of us his daily onslaughts as bad as is hero Thatcher. The BBC seems to waffle, waffle, waffle, then add some bollocks, then waffle some more. Don't get me started on their pathetic reportage on the siege of Gaza, an illegal occupation that is still happening now. their reportage one-sided, another contortion in entirety.
There is something rotten going on here. There hiding all the real news from us, we have become their stooges, they want us to stop questioning, they just want to hypnotise us with banality and lies. The effect of their manipulations, is that it produces distortions that are not characteristic on the fibres of truth in which we live and breathe.
So lets start ignoring them, I already have, we have the internet, books and many other sources of alternative media and information, so use them. Time to switch the brainwashers off.
Rant over here's a bit of music.
The Weary Blues - Artie Matthews (1915)
Posted by teifidancer at 12:56
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Poem written after attending Anti-Nato Peace Camp
in Newport, South Wales 30/8/14 - 5/09/14
where I joined groups of individuals,
gathered to say no to austerity, yes to welfare, no to warfare.
I used to be asleep
Forever I would dream,
Last week got lost in live stream
At a camp that awoke
Rushing and gurgling
With defiant necessity,
As art of communication
Was relearnt, again and again
In syncopated time,
A dedicated lifeforce
Every voice released
A beautiful gentle sigh,
No gods, no masters
The earth listened
As we sent out love letters
From our hearts,
And the sun shined
Posted by teifidancer at 16:12
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Marcos spokesperson and 'anti-leader' of the Zapatistas, has become an icon of the global anti-capitalist struggle - a 'postmodern Che Guevara,' as one journalist put it. He's refused to disclose his identity though the Mexican government says he is Rafael Sebatian Guillier Vicente, formerly a professor in Mexico City. He has written more than two hundred essays and stories and published more than twenty books. His words have always bought me comfort and have been a source of much inspiration. Another world is not only possible it is inevitable.
'In our dreams we have seen another world, an honest world, a world decidedly more fair than the one in which we now live. We saw that in this world there was no need for armies, peace, justice and liberty were so common that no one talked about them as far-off concepts but as things were named in this world. And in this world there was reason and goodwill in the government, and the leaders were clear-thinking people; they ruled by obeying. This world was not a dream from the past, it was not something that came to us from our ancestors. It came from ahead, from the next step we were going to take. And so we started to move forward to attain the dream, make it come down and sit at our tables, light our homes, grow in our cornfields, fill the hearts of our children, wipe our sweat, heal our history.And it was for all. This is what we want. Nothing more, nothing less. Now we follow our path toward our true heart to ask it what we must do. We will return to our mountains to speak in our own tonque and in our own time. Thank you to the brothers and sisters who looked after us all these days. May your footsteps follow our path.
Posted by teifidancer at 10:00