I’ve just been reading, during the commemorations for the Battle of the Somme, Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’ about ‘these who die as cattle’. A comment by a member of the fantastic group, Veterans For Peace UK, on Facebook about the ceremonies says, ‘All the talk of fallen and sacrifice gets me. Those men did not fall they were ripped apart.’ which is exactly right. Senseless mass slaughter……and I couldn’t get Owen’s poem out of my head.
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First published in New Dawn magazine: ‘Strange days indeed’ sang John Lennon, and one can only ‘imagine’ what a man at the forefront of creating positive planetary change in his day would have made of where we are now? Because these are indeed extraordinary times in which the very foundations of everything we collectively believed to be ‘how things are’ […]
Headline news in the corporate media right now is the publication of Sir John Saunder’s report into security failings at the Manchester Arena on the night of the tragic May 2017 bombing. It is ‘highly likely’, states the report, that more lives could have been saved if security measures had been scrupulously adhered to. However, what no mainstream news report […]
Brexit. I’m for it. Immigration I’m for it. And I have damn good reasons for adopting both positions. Oh yes. Come with me, reader, and I’ll square this circle for you. I’m a Leftist. But unlike all these lily-livered, soft-left/liberal, hand-wringing, virtue-signalling, Guardian reading remoaners (I prefer The Morning Star and independent media which doesn’t cheerlead for illegal oil wars) […]
Over a decade ago, in 2009, I was on a protest at Scotland Yard about the death of Sean Rigg, left to die on the floor of Brixton police station. His family was there; Lowkey, best known for his fight for justice for the Palestinians, was there performing in the street one of his brilliant, incisive, truth-telling raps. No-one there […]
I wanna break lockdown with you Look what it’s turned me into Fuck Thursday clapping! I’d rather a nap Than perform like a seal in a zoo I wanna break lockdown with you I’m cooking for one, not two Got no other half And no bloody staff So what is a girl to do? I wanna break lockdown with you […]
My dad Jim died today. He had advanced emphysema but was still driving two days ago. I found him on the floor of his bedroom so I ran and called 999 and was put on hold!!! No ambulances were available the automatic message said!! I was frantic and rang my mum and sister who live quite near. Then someone materialised […]
‘The world stands at a parting of the ways’ begins one of my favourite quotes. And we are at such a crossroads now. In the coming weeks and months of this corona crisis the world will be divided into those who are not prepared to discard the community spirit we have (re)discovered and will use it to build a society […]
BSNews co-editor Alison Banville shares her concise thoughts on how this seemingly terrifying threat is actually a potent historical moment offering us a dynamic opportunity to move to a space of personal empowerment and enlightenment capable of resisting both the virus and the malefic forces keeping us cowed and terrified: I once emailed with a ‘maverick’ AIDS researcher who was […]
He knows many celebritiesBut he’s not fazed at allHollywood gods and rock starsAre idols that can fall He’s not intimidatedIn fame’s hallowed hallAnd in my humble opinionHe outshines them allHis clients sit in shadowBut always they are seenBy his eyes in the mirrorOf a top class limousine His brown eyes see everythingThese stars have ever beenFrom labourer or waitressTo an idol of […]
Hello, I’m Alison Banville, co-editor of BSNews. This is my crowdfunder for my upcoming trip to Syria: I have made two trips to Syria with my co-editor, Mike Raddie. In 2017 we visited Aleppo, Homs and Damascus, during which we interviewed Aleppo MP Fares Shehabi and talked to people on the ground in East Aleppo, Jebrin refugee camp and in the previously occupied […]
While on my recent trip to Syria I met the fabulous Pierre le Corf, who has not only helped so many children who have suffered in the conflict there, but has also opened an animal sanctuary in Aleppo. I put to Pierre while filming him that many people would ask why, amidst so much human suffering, he would choose to help animals? His reply was both moving and profound.