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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Nostalgia? In The Beginning ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on February 16, 2024, 04:56:13 PM »
... ‘they’ blink away ... the deaths of ... some/many/one/2/thousands/millions ... whatever ... & I /i thought (2myself) ... it is a ‘waste of time’ in ‘wast(e)ing “time” on these ‘shit-bags’ ...
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Nostalgia? In The Beginning ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 25, 2024, 10:36:17 AM »
... so anyway, it seemed to me that ‘depression’ was not in the individual(‘s) consciousness but in the universe ... ‘heat death’ (or what(so)ever) ... when all the ‘unities’ break up ... & ‘it’ becomes ... a ‘spread’ of fragments ... drifting ... ever further ...a-part ...
(Hope was not (quite) ‘lost’, however, because bloody-minded ‘LIFE’ seemed to be in ‘revolt’ against that sort of ‘entrophical’ ... ‘thing’ ... bringing ‘things’ back ‘together’ ...)
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: As I Walked Out One End-summer Day
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 13, 2024, 05:00:16 PM »
As he walked out, one day in ‘summer’ ...
In ‘good faith’ ...
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: As I Walked Out One End-summer Day
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 13, 2024, 04:01:27 PM »
Never forget John ...
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Nostalgia? In The Beginning ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 08, 2024, 10:28:01 AM »
... Monday mo(u)rning was ‘bede’ unit mental health icu (when ‘junior docs’ were on ‘strike’) ... {featuring ms al} ...
... Friday was ‘st.’ Cuthbert’s society ... intro(.)duck-shun to philosophy ... {featuring ms co’k} ...
etc ...
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Notes towards a new anti-war 'epic' ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 06, 2024, 03:31:20 PM »
‘1940’, by Laurence Thompson [with a ‘P’], published 1966 ...
Chapter 1, ‘Gate of the Year’
P9, ‘1940 began quietly’ [partly because of ‘noise restrictions’ regulations], so there were ‘muted’ celebrations [including a brief ‘knees up, mother brown.  - ‘that half-tamed relic of the Bacchanal’]
TheDark. The UnderGround.
P10, distrust of ‘authority’. celebration of ‘bloody-mindedness’
[in part, because of non-occurrences of ‘massacre from the air’ (apocalyptic images that haunted pre-worldwar2 sub-consciousness(es) ... eg, Baldwin: ‘bomber will always get through’... eg, bombing scenes in films such as Things to Come ... eg, Picasso’s Guernica ... etc ...
Consider also ‘Bomber’ Harris’s monomaniacal belief in ‘war-winning’ massacres from the air ... even when reality showed many survived even massive bombing raids ... & tended to ‘bolster’ rather than reduce ‘anti-them’ moral(e) ..,
{Of course ... dreaded possibilities seemed to become  realities in ‘last scenes’ of ww2 ... ‘mere oblivion’... ‘sans everything’ ... Hiroshima ... Nagasaki ... etc ...}]
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Notes towards a new anti-war 'epic' ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 03, 2024, 06:33:44 PM »
This ‘prophecy’ he could not make, for he died to miss his funeral wake.
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Notes towards a new anti-war 'epic' ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 03, 2024, 06:29:38 PM »
When palaces become bureaux,
When statespeople speak in photos,
When cabinet rooms house cost clerks,
And arguments are dog barks,
When slogans pass for free debate,
And admen the agendums dictate,
When the general’s black and white division
Is listened to without derision,
When wars are waged of ‘necessity’
And free will thought (of) beyond capacity,
Then shall the use of reason
Be hail-stormed out of. Season,
Then comes the time, for those who live it,
To resurrect a foolish spirit.
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Notes towards a new anti-war 'epic' ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 03, 2024, 06:10:01 PM »
Grim-faced, some still found cause(s) for laughter.
Watching the news child as she starves slowly and dies
(Her death edit-quickened for busy lives)
The mourners find/found dark humours offer shelter.
 
Care-weighted, they embrace(d) lightening reliefs:
Jokes feed the hung(a)ry [komickRe-Leaf?!]; quiz-facts pileup to block
Thought routes; thrill films, unlimited, unshock;
While ‘fripperies’ b.come ‘cherished beliefs’. :)

Fools were now of one variety,
Not wise guys in idiots’ garments,
But folly-formed, in fool raiment(s):
Mad ‘kings’ sa,sa,sa-ing by the sea(C.).
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South Tyneside Stop the War / Re: Notes towards a new anti-war 'epic' ...
« Last post by Phil Talbot on January 03, 2024, 05:33:54 PM »
Marking registers of corpses piled,
The death-camp commandant
Remarks that acts so ‘resonant’
Should not be lost to memory, or ‘de-filed’.

He suggests a plaque should be buried,
With every thousand bodies, to proclaim:
“Bow your heads, you mighty, in shame,
That this great act is to you denied.

We, the Master Race in name,
Did the ‘task’ from which others shied.”
“Brilliant!” The dictator cried.
No fool was there to whistle-stop the ‘game’.
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