Cowart's Common Room
Marching Post

Well it was a fun day yesterday in the London sun with 100,000 other folk all good-natured and gentle except when they were passing Downing Street. There seemed no point to me in shouting at empty buildings, something that seemed to bring great joy to most in the marching community, but there is no doubt of the anger felt by many (including me) at the proposed tearing up of our European citizenship rights. Still they were only shouting. If this had been Paris two and a quarter centuries ago no doubt the cleaners and plasterers and whoever else happened to find themselves in the building unluckily at the time might have been hauled out and strung up. Thankfully, we know better now.

What there wasn't was song - revolutionary marches - which they did have during the French (and other revolutions). A hundred thousand people marching down Whitehall singing the 'Ode to Joy' would have been more effective and would have made us all feel better than shouting 'Shame on You' at an empty and shuttered Downing Street. I once wrote English words to the Ode to Joy - not a translation but proper anthem-ey words, but they have long since been forgotten, including by me.

We didn't stay for the speeches. There was a great press of people and I would only have caught one word in four, my hearing doubly defective when words are heard through loud speakers. My companions were tired after marching in the sun so we retired to a busy pub, had the obligatory swift half and retreated to the land of dragons.

Still it was a change from the Petunias. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 24th Jun 2018 - 09:05AM   Posted by Fennie   Marching Post Comments: 7

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Withy Brook's Avatar Sounds hardnwork but fun! I went on a Countryside march once. We didn't shout!
I am on the other side from you ,Fennie, but who cares? I don't. We are all entitled to our own views without it coming between us. Like Westerwitch and I who agree to differ over hunting but remain friends.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 24th Jun 2018 at 09:15AM

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Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, Withy and everyone,

Thank you kindly for posting Fennie just about to post and see you best me to it, thank you.

Beautiful warm sunny morning here just a ting gentle cool breeze against a pale blue sky. Visit to our daughter later today and we will be staying for evening meal too.

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Jun 2018 at 09:18AM

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Camilla's Avatar I can understand the reason for wanting to march if one feels passionate about something, I marched with nurses in the 90's with our banners to try and get our point across about not closing our wonderful hospital ward so that the big Chiefs could find their missing 8 million pounds. The march sadly did no good as they closed the ward anyway and all the patients on that ward were transferred to another hospital within a year or so the patients I heard died. It's the patients we have to think about at the end of the day.

This Brexit has been going on for too long and as for our PM I have different views on her now knowing she supports the Hunt Act.

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Jun 2018 at 09:27AM

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Fennie's Avatar I rather guessed Withy that you might be on the other side. And absolutely of course I agree with you with what you say about agreeing to differ. Yet I suspect that if we sat down together we would find little political substance that we would disagree about, though we might choose different routes to bring us to the same ends. What unites most of us is far more than what divides us.
Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Jun 2018 at 09:36AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I've never been one to let politics or religion come between friendships. Both I think are intensely personal and for the most part should stay that way, I've had partners who are Nationalist, Liberalist, verging on Communist and dyed in the wool Tory. None of them particularly shared all my views nor I theirs but we still lived happily together. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 24th Jun 2018 at 01:03PM

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Fennie's Avatar What, all at the same time! Shocked

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Jun 2018 at 05:17PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Well... two of them went to the same small school as I did, a third's previous relationship was with one of my primary school friends and HO has got to know one of them quite well from a business angle. Blink
We're all still on good speaking terms and I don't think any of us would have a problem being at a social event with each other... so long as one left his new partner at home, she can't hack him talking to any female never mind an ex! The others new partners are all really nice.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 26th Jun 2018 at 10:17AM

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