Wednesday, June 23, 2010


It's a truth universally acknowledged that there is no underestimating the intelligence of management.

Video of BP management in action.

Okay. It's a skit.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

International Brigade memorial at Nottingham County Hall - redux

Last year I wrote about the Tory vandalism to the International Brigade Memorial at Nottinghamshire County Hall.

On Saturday 17th July there is a rededication ceremony.
The re-dedication is an opportunity to remember those who went to Spain to fight fascism and also to counter the blatant attempts to bury the memorial's still radical political content.

The event will be held at County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Saturday July 17, from 10.30am - 12 noon. There will be speakers from the Trades Council, International Brigades Memorial Trust, Labour Party, LibDems and the Spanish Embassy have been invited.

Entertainment will be provided by Nottingham Clarion Choir.

[Starting the next week] the city council will be hosting a display organised by the International Brigades Memorial Trust which is touring the country.

The exhibition called "Antifascista!" is about British and Irish volunteers in the civil war and will be on display in the Council House, Market Square from 12 noon Tuesday July 20 - Saturday 31 July.
As one of the plaques says:
In honour of the volunteers who left Nottinghamshire to fight in the International Brigade Spain 1936 - 1939.

They fought alongside the Spanish people to stop Fascism and save Liberty and Peace for all

They went because their open eyes could see no other way.


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Eyeless In Gaza

There is justified anger at the Israeli attack on boats in international waters. That anger is much discussed elsewhere.

I have just discovered that Henning Mankell, the author of the Wallander books, is sitting in an Israeli gaol.

It's always good to see an author beliving in the power of the word and the deed.