The Holburne Museum is a lovely building situated at the far end of Great Pulteney Street in Sydney Gardens and yes, they are named after the same Lord Sydney whose name was bestowed on our glorious city. Lord Sydney was Home Secretary at the time that the American colonies became unavailable for transporting felons. It was his bright idea to send them to Australia. Believe it or not his actual name, before he took the title Lord Sydney, was Tommy Townshend. I imagine he was very glad to be able to throw that name off as it makes him sound like an end-of-the-pier comedian from the ’50’s or ’60’s. Anyway, I digress; this has nothing to do with the exhibition of 3d art by Michael Eden.
The title of the show we have just been to at the Rondo Theatre is, as they say on all the best web sites, a bit too NSFW to use as the title for this post. “Poetry can F*ck Off” is the brainchild of Heathcote Williams and Roy Hutchins, of The Poetry Army, both of whom have been long time writers and performers on the British Fringe and Alternative Theatre scene, as far as I can tell being a foreigner now in these parts. Williams’ career stretches back into the mid-sixties though. An interesting aspect of this show is that it was enabled by support received via the Crowdfunder web site which is a sign of the times. At least this “leftie” show can’t be accused of sponging off the taxpayer with some government subsidy!
Occasionally I link to posts from other blogs and widen the scope of this normally personal blog. This is an issue on which one cannot remain silent.
If you had any doubts as to the level of disingenuousness displayed by some of our political elites regarding the treatment of refugees by Europe, let alone Britain, then this post from “This Too Is Africa” should be a salutary reminder that many other much poorer parts of the world have been bearing the brunt of this major problem for a long time now.
You can’t have wars without refugees and they cannot be dismissed as economic migrants.