Sunday 26th June 2016

I have never been to the Glastonbury Festival but there is always one act I would have wanted to see this year it would have been PJ

Flying through all the variously stumbled and rushed Brexit responses on stage this weekend was PJ Harvey’s perfectly weighted dart. Introducing The Glorious Land, she read John Donne’s poem No Man Is an Island, written in 1624, with its assertion that “every man is a piece of the continent”. But her entire set was a reflection on the priggishness of alpha-male politics that wreaks havoc from Syria to Essex.

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Using martial drums and drill-sergeant strictness is on one level sarcastic, an arch version of chest-beating masculinity. But it also acknowledges just how infectious such rousing military music can be. Opening with Chain of Keys, she marches out playing a saxophone with the burly middle-aged blokes in her band, dressed in leather gloves and midnight folds of fabric. Moving to the mic, she holds the sax out like a totem, starting up a blood ritual. She holds poses amid the Guernica-like imagery of The Ministry of Defence, then marvels like a child at the “insects courting” in Let England Shake – all of it hypnotically authoritative stagecraft.

It would be nothing, of course, without great music, and aside from Dollar, Dollar’s overly spartan passages, it’s beautiful – like a New Orleans blues band commissioned for a dance in an Elizabethan court. Phrases are repeated again and again with almost techno-like levels of fixation; perhaps in these troubled times, words become buoys to cling to, sure things to focus on. To Bring You My Love, meanwhile, becomes a study in psychotic eroticism, backed by scorched desert blues.

You get the feeling that the chaos and pathos of Brexit will provide fresh grist for this immensely fertile period of her career – it’s almost worth living in shit to get pearls like this from it.

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Let England Shake

The West’s asleep. Let England shake,
weighted down with silent dead.
I fear our blood won’t rise again.

England’s dancing days are done.
Another day, Bobby, for you to come home
& tell me indifference won.

Smile, smile Bobby, with your lovely mouth.
Pack up your troubles, let’s head out
to the fountain of death
& splash about, swim back and forth
& laugh out loud,

until the day is ending,
& the birds are silent in the branches,
& the insects are courting in the bushes,
& by the shores of lovely lakes
heavy stones are falling.

P J Harvey

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No Man is an Island

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Olde English Version
No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man
is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine
owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

John Donne

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The kids of 16-17 are blaming the baby boomers for destroying their future FFS! Its their moms and dads and grand parents who worked and paid their children’s way through school and collage and bought them cars and phones and computers and gave away a lot of the luxury so their kids could have better than them. Some of them are taking out second mortgages in order to be able to continue to do so.

They may have voted remain also for the future of their kids I am sure they did. But it’s the people with no jobs and no houses. Who had no university? It’s these people who don’t have second cars or even a car at all. Can you really blame them for being reactionary?

Mr Cameron and his peers have a lot to answer for in truth. They cannot keep taking away things that the people earned over two generations and two World Wars and not expect a reaction.
I voted to remain for what I guess was a Utopian dream. But having said this I don’t think the French people really like us. I don’t think the Germans do either.
We are an Island race. We are cold and wet and damp.
They don’t like our food or a dress sense. They don’t like our tea or our warm beer. They hate our football fans and call them hooligans and try to get our teams banned. But just saying this in Euro 2016 now that the Russian fans have gone home with their team the fighting seems to have gone away.
They don’t understand cricket or our pies. They don’t like our pound Sterling or our gallons and feet and inches. They tell us we drive on the wrong side of the road. They never fully embrace us when we travel on the continent. They want us to change everything to fit in with them.

Is it not the differences that make one want to travel?
The French government want to ship the refuge camp in Calais over to Britain and say we are racist for not looking after them and while they are in France they take none of the responsibility for doing this. The vote remain campaigners, the losers of the referendum want another referendum. This is Britain. We don’t play another game just because we lost the first one. The losers just puts bags on their heads orders a pizza and cry into their crisps.

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We have to stand up now. Stand up together. We have to talk with each other not pick and bicker. We have to let the leave voters build their Britain. The remain voters have to stand with them and make sure they don’t get to crazy radical.
We have to try and remain fair, honest, true and humane. I fear at the moment the nation is divided but it was before. North South the have and have not’s. They Mr Cameron and his mates were genuinely shocked by the result even the out campaigners were shocked.
We have to attempt to blend and share and help each other. We have to pull together in a spirit that was never really there in WWII. The rich people then still dined out at the Ritz while Mrs Smith in Sunderland had no sugar or butter or bread. The scammers and dodgers still sold their luxury goods at inflated prices while Mr Smith sat in the desert writing censored letters home to Sunderland to Mrs Smith. It was never a make do and mend society for everyone.
You kids have to face reality. Most of you have had, been and seen and done more than ever your grand parents and parents did its not your given right. They fought wars to enable you to do so.
I for one never creamed their dream. I worked hard to keep it alive. No gap year for me or them. No university. My education was poor. My job satisfaction prospects were poor. I was factory fodder but this was much better than cannon fodder for sure. But I resisted this path. You now have to stand up for yourselves.
The government broke too many promises and told too many lies. They laughed in the faces of the real people. That is the reality check now and its time to wake up.
We all have to deal with the result. It’s now time to make things right. Make things equal and better for the whole not just the few.

Baby boomers are people born during the demographic post–World War II baby boom approximately between the years 1946 and 1964. This includes people who are between 52 and 70 years old in 2016

Western world

Western world can be taken to mean North America, Europe, South America, and Oceania. However, it should also be noted that many variations may exist within the regions, both geographically and culturally, which mean that the list is broadly indicative, but necessarily very general. For details see the individual articles.

The Lost Generation, also known as the Generation of 1914 in Europe, is a term originating with Gertrude Stein to describe those who fought in World War I. The members of the lost generation were typically born between 1883 and 1900.
The Greatest Generation, also known as the G.I. Generation, is the generation that includes the veterans who fought in World War II. They were born from around 1900 through 1924, coming of age during the Great Depression. Journalist Tom Brokaw dubbed this the Greatest Generation in a book of the same name.
The Silent Generation, also known as the Lucky Few, were born from approximately 1925 until 1942.
It includes some who fought in World War II, most of those who fought the Korean War and many during the Vietnam War.
The Baby Boomers are the generation that was born following World War II, generally from 1946-1964, a time that was marked by an increase in birth rates.
The term “baby boomer” is sometimes used in a cultural context. Therefore, it is impossible to achieve broad consensus on a defined start and end date. The baby boom has been described variously as a “shockwave” and as “the pig in the python”.
In general, baby boomers are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values; however, many commentators have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. In Europe and North America boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of affluence.
One of the features of Boomers was that they tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before them. In the 1960s, as the relatively large numbers of young people became teenagers and young adults, they, and those around them, created a very specific rhetoric around their cohort, and the change they were bringing about.
This generation is also referred to as the Me Generation.
Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western Post–World War II baby boom. Demographers, historians and commentators use birth dates ranging from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. The term has also been used in different times and places for a number of different subcultures or countercultures since the 1950s.
Millennials, also known as the Millennial Generation, or Generation Y, is the demographic cohort following Generation X. Commentators use birth dates ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.
Generation Z, also known as the “Homeland Generation”‘, is the cohort of people born after the Millennials. The generation is most commonly defined with birth years starting in the mid-1990sbalthough the early or late 1990s and early 2000s have also been used as starting birth years for this generation.
Generation Alpha has been suggested for the generation following Generation Z.

 

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