Remember Jarama?

March 1, 2007

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70 years ago in 1937 the British Battalion of the International Brigade fought in its first battle at Jarama against Franco’s fascists. Volunteers from Britain totalled 2,300, of whom 525 died in Spain. For more details on the International Brigades visit International Brigades. How would we deal with the spectre of fascism today… if it reared it’s head in the way it did in the 1930’s in Spain… I visited Barcelona last year and attended an exhibition about the civil war I was struck by the idealism of the republican government of the time and it’s attempts to create what some would term a utopia… Though, they could rightly say that the Church had failed to serve the people and it was actually supporting the Fascist rebels. What hope was there for ordinary Spanish people from the Church? Very little, the Fascists led by Franco slaughtered many and were supported by the Nazi’s and Italian Fascists, the democracies of France and the United Kingdom terrified of another World War refused to aid the Democratically elected Government of the Spanish Republic resulting in 40 years of Fascist Dictatorship… Worth thinking about?

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Billy Bragg…

February 26, 2007

He’s playing Greenbelt hurrah!!!

look, http://www.billybragg.co.uk/shows/index.html

brilliant!

can you tell I’m very happy about this…

Rugby…

February 25, 2007

well done Ireland, very impressive stuff there. England were a bit to slow and laboured… Though Strettle was great… Even with dirty old Shane Horgan trying to take him out with his forearm… England will sort it out though they are still suffering from the hangover and completely undermined confidence provided by Andy Robinson… Ashton should sort it out fairly soon… watch England beat France now… stranger things…

Sofa…

February 25, 2007

My new sofa was delivered yesterday… very exciting as I have never bought a new sofa before… how very growed up I am! Anyway it was a bit of a palava as the delivery guys spent half an hour trying to get it in and it was too big I thought thats odd as I had measured it and everything… well it turns out they were trying to deliver the wrong one… They had delivered mine to a woman in Taunton… so they had to go back to get mine and sort it out… Unfortunately they came back with the sofa and 2 cushions! I didn’t order cushions ah well no frilly bits on them so should be okay…

Hot Fuzz…

February 21, 2007

Went to see tonight with Richard… Charity didn’t fancy it! Big mistake, ’twas very funny and gruesome in parts, a couple of bits jarred a tad but overall excellent… Beating up on old people! marvellous… he he

LENT…

February 21, 2007

Now I am really scared…

I have decided to give up Caffeine, am I completely insane well of course not but given the amount that I do drink… and there is some very nice ‘Quebradon’ coffe at work it has to be finished …

I shall let you all know how it progresses… though I am likely to get a little pissy at times… I do apologise…

Glastonbury…

February 20, 2007

anyone ever been? I haven’t! But I have been encouraged again by my friend Sarah to try to go… so I have registered along with the several million others… only problem is that I shall be in Morocco on 1st April when tickets go on sale… what do I do about that? arrgh!