Shakespeare, icons, archetypes, current affairs (and riots)

Two great programmes on BBC Radio 4 today, Mon March 16th. There is stuff about Trump and Twitter Spats, American history, the role of popular movies in political or philosophical discourse or not, and an astonishing tale of the Astor Palace Riot in which Shakespeare and 'The English Actor' was responsible for the deaths of 31 rioting commoners at the hands of the US militia.

Sally Potter and the best time to start is now

The best time to start is now (don’t wait) Take responsibility for everything (it saves time) Don’t blame anyone or anything (including yourself) Give up being a moviemaker victim (of circumstance, weather, lack of money, mean financiers, vicious critics, greedy distributors, indifferent public, etc.)

Folk Music

People play folk music the world over, and tell us about their lives, their strife, their loves, their woes. This song is from the borders, a land with a long history of strife and conflict, bloodshed and blackmail. The Reivers coined the phrase. I like the idea that folk music in Brixton is the same as folk music from Hexham. Here's a toast to our differences and to our commonalities. Like Rhianna says of strife, ' You break bread with me, you like me, it's our problem.'

A Toast To Our Differences

A follow up to Rhianna's call to pull up. "Let's raise a glass And have a toast to all our differences. You carry me on your shoulders. When I don't know what my limit is. I wonder where my limit lies, my limit lies." Rudimental

A Ragged Memoriam – Outdoor Art

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“Because we arrived without sponsorship or political agenda, people always received us with open arms,” JR says. “They are happy to see another approach, in which they are actors.” JR (French, born 1983). 28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes, Action dans la Favela Morro da Providência, Favela de Jour, Rio de Janeiro, 2008. Installation image. Wheat-pasted posters on buildings. © JR-ART.NET