Showing posts from February 24, 2019

English Colonialism and the people of Wales.

March 1st is St. David's Day  -  Dewi Sant
Dewi Sant is the patron saint of Wales. If you ever visit Wales and do nothing more than this, visit St. David's Cathedral.

There has never been a Welsh nation, i.e. a place with well defined borders, or a place with national institutions such as a parliament or monarchy.
Rather, there have been Welsh people (of Celtic origin): a people with a rich language and cultural history; a people whose land was militarily absorbed into England. (The great Welsh Castles were not there to protect the Welsh, but to subdue them!).
Essential to colonialism is the suppression of local languages. For the English colonial endeavours in Welsh lands to succeed it was necessary for the Welsh language to be downgraded, despised, degraded, disrespected and all but annihilated. School children were whipped for speaking their native tongue in the "English language only" schools.
In doing so the English were saying "your oral history, your mu…

Dangerous hordes of feral Amish folks in Sarasota. BEWARE!

In about December of every year a dangerous horde of feral Amish folks descend on Sarasota. They plague our otherwise safe streets until March of the next year.

The Amish/Mennonite district of Pinecraft is a place to be avoided in the daylight hours. Not only Pinecraft.  The feral Amish have been spotted as far away as the Beneva/Fruitville junction much too close to my home.

HELP!  Our way of life is being damaged by the peace-filled and prayerful Amish.

Three Yachts. One Dinghy. Two Bicycles.

Zion and I have been taking our second early morning walk at Sarasota's Bayfront Park/Marina for a couple of months.

Each morning we see

1)  Three luxury yachts.  They never sail. What goes?  Maybe they are owned by some uber-rich folks who use them for ten or so days each year.

2.  This woe-be-gone dinghy. One day it may fill with rain water and sink.

3)  Bicycles the hippies left behind.

This has been on my mind all day long.

The Defenestration of Prague.

What has been dominating your thoughts today?
Am I weird?

To Sarasota With Love

To Sarasota With Love
Anu Tali, Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra will be returning to her native Estonia after her six great years with us.

I was happy to be at her penultimate Sarasota Concert yesterday afternoon  (24th Feb). My neighbour Barbara B joined me.
The Concert featured eight shorter pieces, some chosen to show-case and honour the virtuosity of various principal players; some because they challenge the audience; and some because they are all time crowd pleasers!  Ms. Tali is smart!
The Sibelius "Rakastava", and the Richard Strauss "Duet Concertino"  (featuring the Sarasota Orchestra Clarinet, and Bassoon principals) were challenging.
The crowd pleasers included Glinka's "Russlan and Ludmilla"  Overture;  Grieg's Peer Gynt "Suite # 1" ....
... and best of all  the utterly gorgeous Intermezzo from Mascagni's "Cavellenia Rusticano"
This is music to speak to the soul and bring tears to the eyes.…