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Sunday, 9 November 2014

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY. (09/11/14)

I have been out to remember. I’ve shot over forty minutes of video and have an hours sound to play with. I hate funerals and Armistice Day. I’ll always try and attend the short service at the War Memorial. The priest is usually quick and it’s just as well as he is Christian and has to justify and praise the sacrifice whilst condoning the breaking of a basic Christian tenant. One wouldn’t think it a problem for mealy mouthed religious folk and their leaders. Royals are no better. I hate it but feel I had to go just for the footage and a friend, daft bat died in the Royal Navy.I told him to jump ship and come in the merchant.

This year and this year only. I have being saying that for twenty years.

Listening to the priest banging on about no sacrifice being in vane. I did feel like burning him at the stake for his duplicity but thought everyone is allowed to be stupid.

It was reverent for the most part. The two minutes silence was silentish. The bussies could have been quicker to shut cars down. Nowt is perfect.

When I get ready to edit the sound you will hear a little girl and her brother dragging scooters about on cobbles during the silence. I had a word with the parents afterwards. What the hell did you let them bring toys for? An old man was in tears at their disrespect. Not the kids fault. Their mother said it doesn’t matter that much surely. I was left speechless for a moment. Not for long….. Of course it fucking matters you stupid cow. It matters to these old and young people who have friends and relatives who have been killed through no fault of their own. It’s their two minutes you awful woman. The husband was just standing with his dog and all he said was. Just a moment. I said a moment is all you have got. They buggered off with their St Bernard dog. Bet she conceived in under two minutes. For both of the horrors.

Here are a couple of out takes.

Editing the rest seems a bit indulgent at the moment but it was a good day for the servicemen and servicewomen and not bad for those they left behind. I can’t believe that our leaders seem to revel in conflict. I watch them flying out and posing. Revolting they are.

The wreath for the armed forces was laid by a Chief Petty Officeress. Very tasty she was too, her driveress was half fanciable. 

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    1. R. Mac. I remember. It's a big day here if you don't like it then that is up to you.

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    2. R. Mac. I have no compunction at all about asking but If you support capital punishment then I'm going to have to delete you. I'm sorry but I can't be doing with it. If you are against then let me know. If you don't then I'll ban you because it isn't humane.
      I ask all American bloggers this, just to save replying to the weird ones.

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  2. It's sad to say Adrian but I guess as younger generations come along 'remembering' is not as important to them as it is for the older generations... in their eyes only a relatively few people are loosing their lives in some far off video game and therefore it doesn't affect them too much, not like the mass fatalities of the two wars that affected almost every household, they've not experienced and have no perception of the suffering that the older generations had to go through?

    The guy playing the trumpet in the video looks pretty shifty...was he miming?....[;o)

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    1. Trevor wait for Remembrance The Movie.
      The lad is a serving marine and it's a cornet he can't play. They have got dissuaded from turning out in uniform I have a lot of trouble syncing sound. He knew he blew a wrong note and was just hoping no-one noticed. The day went well but could have been better for a heavy police presence.

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  3. Remembrance for war heroes is always sacred. Young people must be taught and guided by the actions of their parents. One might not know the anguish but surely it is not difficult to pay your respect to people who gave their lives for the country. I live in the southern most region of my country but I know very well that if it is not for our Army at Siachen, there is no Peace from the sodding neighbor.
    There is no excuse to not remember wars, atleast the ones that affected your nation. Given the state of the world, it is foolish in the extreme.

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    1. Ruby.It ought to be silent. Unfortunately it isn't'. I don't know if I can edit the movie. I'll have a go

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  5. It's been a weird day for me. Celebrating my Gran's (dad's side of family) 100th birthday today of all days was going to be hard. She never knew her father who died from his injuries in the First war. But then had to endure a second war. I never knew my grandfather (mum's side) as he served in the engine room of the Ark Royal, spending six months below deck he died from poor lungs in the mid 60's. I actually believe some kids do respect the past, sadly some are growing up without dad's or dealing with dad's with physical and/or mental issues. It comes down to parents who in my mind are selfish and only really care about themselves and their offspring. Maybe if those parents you had a go at their child was to serve and die maybe the attitude will change. I heard a serviceman who lost friends in recent conflicts say it wasn't until he lost close friends how much today really impacted on him and hit home the importance of the day.

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    1. Douglas, my dad died early at fifty odd. I know what war did.
      I like going and showing gratitude. Okay I was filming. I was quiet. We are not into just the first war. The war to end them all??
      We are now into wars or flourishes to keep politicians in business. Makes the wee wankers look brave. Not to me it doesn't

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  6. There are always morons around who have no clue of what a situation is about. I agree that our politicians are two faced when it comes to war. Come and fight the war and you will be remembered. It's a very hollow promise. Here, they grudgingly look after service men and women who have suffered as they try to kick them out of the forces so no pension or benefits need to be paid.

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    1. Red, it was a good and moving do. I just get upset when people don't treat it with the respect it deserves.

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  7. Well done for challenging that woman. Most people would have simply shot dark, disapproving looks at her. I can't see why anyone would think it's okay to bring little kids to acts of remembrance if they are incapable of remembering the lost ones with silent respect. It is a shame that acts of remembrance have been hijacked by the church. Remembering the dead has absolutely nothing today with "God" but everything to do with the fragility of life, despair about our leaders and a shared sense of human connection.

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    1. YP, when I had hair it was red. I can brew very quickly but am rarely violent.
      You echo my sentiments. It is a very solemn occasion and should have nothing to do with religion, politics or badly behaved children.

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  8. Bonito homenaje Adrian.
    La culpa no es de los niños. Los padres están para educar.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. As you know, "un abrazo" is a hug but don't take it too literally.

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    2. Laura, me pregunto qué será de los niños.

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    3. YP, the Spanish are a very tactile and demonstrative people.

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  9. I do admire your taking the woman on. I doubt diplomacy would have worked. So we would both have failed.

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    1. Graham, when to local hoodies can stand still then I was incensed that middle class children were so ill-mannered.

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