The Gerard Conlon Memorial Lecture 2015 Democratic Bankruptcy by Michael Mansfield

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The Gerard Conlon Memorial Lecture 2015
Beginning with the dedication to Gerry Conlon in whose memory we were gathered for the inaugural Lecture in keeping with Gerry’s short and troubled journey through life Michael Mansfield summoned up the Collectivism in St Mary’s College on the fortieth anniversary, 23 January 2015 of Guiseppe Conlons death. His death in prison not going unnoticed under this Lectures range.
Election Year 2015
Michael Mansfield for so many years has seen the broad and the minutiae of the Law and State across the planet operate as he advocated on the rights of people where others declined thus discovering and reciting for us now the true connective tissue with which mankind has found itself bound into. This collectivism being manifest throughout a varied and wide ranging career.

A letter formed the central tenent of the lecture and it was written by Gerard Conlon. It was on the subject of Gerry Conlon’s expressed concerns on the kind of Democracy deficits Michael Mansfield takes up as Democratic Bankruptcy.

That letter appeared from the Gerry Conlon’s archive courtesy of Garth Pierce’s obtained and permitted publication of it on 24 December 2014.

It was a letter to Barack Obama, that well known ancient recidivist Irishman, whose continued practice of using drones to inflict a death trail in War zones outside the parameters of humanism and the false imprisonment of prisoners of difference within Guantanamo Bay haunts the world today

Describing in the letter the conditions of his capture, rendition, torture, beatings, interrogation, imprisonment and eventual stitch up by the British Intelligent Forces Gerard Conlon drew stark comparison with his own journey. Again it is forces operating alongside and directing the security forces, the police and army intelligence ensuring, ensured justice and the value of human life to be consigned to worthlessness rhetoric for the mss to consume in their name.

Just as that the Guildford Four faced, the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay whose journal dairies are currently continuing to be produced in The Guardian faced and had the strength to take expose hypocrisy to the world.

Against the British Sovereignty Establishment, the corrupt vested interests and the manifestly corrupt and contagiously violent and constantly morally and ethically bankrupt regimes of state and new fledgling terrorist anarchists Gerry Conlon sought alongside the elucide and clear thinking Mansfield to explain the workings from the Belly of the Beast, the extraordinary injustice visited upon him and that carried on in a form after release which tormented both him and Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six, fellow framed prisoner – both entwined against their will in the same bind.

The mental bind and grip of innocence was a bodily interference as well as a mental colossus for which they could not agree on a word to describe the inner ‘guilt’ felt – for bringing the burden of innocence spent under guilt in the years across their families lives inside and outsiderison.

Paddy Hill described that. The strap inside his head I imagined keeping to himself for scrutiny alone the facts, the experience, the ongoing.

Most of us could not even conceive of the original violation of justice for it seems so possible but inconceivably in ours experience.
These servants of corruption who treat others the way they were and many continue to do, were born to the same humanity as us all.
How could they take so wrongfully, into their hands and minds,the lives of innocent people and produce the failures God warns us against?

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Michael Mansfield continued to read this letter. To take us into the field of universal commonality. The letter which Gerry never received a reply to.

The support for the Guantanamo prisoners was fierce and fulsome.
It contained vision, experience taught and learnt not by being suppressed by the anti-Christ of the beast that is the the perpetrator of violence, the facilitator who knows far less and is far greater the administer of evil than the fledgling defender who confronts evil.

There was an insular atrophied scattering of Politicians in the room who when Michael Mansfield continued to criticise the GB government, repeatedly refering to a lack of actual close insight to Northern Ireland he made the point clearly enough to suggest that he despised the duplicity of Politicians.

He estimates 200 of the Houses of Parliament MP’s have interests in companies they continually vote on affairs affecting them. “Conflicts of interest we used to call them” he said.
He bought up the thing most people have hitherto been outlay unaware of – the TTIP deal being fostered by Global corporations giving them globally the Power to sue Governments – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
It is being hammered out – (post recent years Bildenberg no doubt) between US and EU handshakes. http://www.38DEGREES.ORG.UK/TTIP.

Our own Politicians rely on the trade as back offices lackeys and any industrialists worth their salt here who are true innovators and inverters will themselves find a gorilla in the room in form of the trade conflicts and resulting wars, yes wars are founded on a lot less than mere material access, thus caring forward in our name corporations largesse over people’s government. Sinn Fein are against it but other parties here are not yet coming clean with their position.

The parties here, Michael Mansfield for politeness sake, were kept onside without failing to bring to our attention issues they decline to engage on.
The sectarianism is abundant and clear as the mantra driving politics here and he has never made any bones about it being our downfall.
In the midst of him telling us things politically, the absences of some and the presence of others here at this lecture signified a great deal.
The hangers on to the Gerard Conlon legacy of course were there.
The quest for truth and justice – jolly god that is that is. Let’s rally.

While various people from the floor, during questions, illustrated on behalf of Michael Mansfield you might say, providing his arguments, it was a stream of stories of the type brought by Gerry Conlon’s revised for a different age. Now. Stories as well telling us that everyone knew – speaking again clearly to us shockingly the falsehoods of the peace, the failure of inquiry and investigation.

The returning Advice from Michael Mansfield was his own mantra to never give up. Your own humanity is of nothing compared to the pursuit of goodness abiding in us all and clearly the given gift of our lives and duration on earth forever enhanced by the love of ones neighbour.
Gerry Comlon a sought to his dying breath to speak up for the Ilene’s and the oppressed and the immensity of what he did was not lost amidst this gathering.

New Movements
The judiciary have been slain here in their pursuit of justice, something which Michael Mansfield said concerns him greatly.
The judiciary are the participating Legal voices. Some are advocates others judges and many aredily living floes to extermination. In some countries.
The public are still setting the agenda. Now the practice of using oral and written confessions has nearly entirely been removed due to the well known abuses. The movement has been to take back their lives.
As Martin Luther King said “Our paradigm is Justice.”

The Governments are inured from harm. They have representatives.
The MPs are succour only and e avoidance of damage is a career attribute often practiced by distance.

To create an alternative system out with the lack of agreement for a Supreme Court etc, to not involve with the London Treaty, is to come out from under these ludicrous English idiosyncrasies which is there for a tiny aloud out working which Hieda exposed we are protected from (either or is the fascism) 99% of adherence challenged is turned back to he state as a winning strident stupidity of the actual existence of it.
Sewell bridge is another strand for the Human Bill of Rights privacy is key and Article 3 prisoner detention wrongs exist.

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That was not something given any detail but it is on the same hinge Human Rights Legislation swings by.
One element made reference to by Michael Mansfield was the recent Oxfam highlighting of Global Poor and Global Wealth.
The often recited polemic of the 1% having 50% of the Worlds wealth includes most Europeans earning over £22,000 with their own accumulated or inherited wealth. It is a strange statistic. Hat is because it is wrong.

Who is in the one percent? Well it turns out are 2.9 million in the UK alone
which is twice that in China and less than France. To have £800,000 gets an entry. So a house valued at a million with £800,000 paid off gets the individual in although a married couple etc. Well there is a base point this illustrates where it came from (Credit Suisse) and it remains a valid statement showing how advanced the Western Economy is.

The next statistic which was equally broadcast able – some are not as they contain secret accumulations – was some 80 people hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion on the planet. Then there is the wealth gap and that for example 400 million live in abject poverty in India.
Have we figured out the accumulated billions Vladimir Putin has stockpiled and where it is deposited?

Concealment and Maxellisation
Several challenges to suppression of Government initiated inquiry were highlighted. Chief among these was the continual blockage of the Chilcot inquiry up to the commissioning of and subsequent to a raft of discovery.
Since evidence as accumulated, material gathered and some conclusions reached, chief among these the fact it was an unlawful war on Iraq. The obfuscation is only part of the Blair/Bush/Rumsfeld/Powell/Straw axis of evil taking the US and UK into a conflict now summoning reigns of terrorist driven anew, in reaction to the support for evil through manufactured conflict.

Into the Global conflict that belongs to that confined for centuries in its own pasture, comes the Middle East. The countries of Iran and Saudi Arabia which has spread into the adjoining countries dismantling thousands of years of keeping your enemy close. The attacks now on other religions have almost completed the destruction of other faiths.
Hate crime faith based is the clear basis of all the actions once perceived wholly Nationhood based, in which joint ethnicities had – not condoned but stood aside as ‘factions’ took up what was ‘justified’ as national cause.

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There is a hate at ever point of the Inquiry Process, I suggest, Mochael Mansfield has been involved in and continues to be involved in.

Take The Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Seville conducted it. Michael Mansfield represented the unleashing of hate enraged Scottish Regimental and Government licensed murder.
The outcome though by some has been tarnished was a crucial turning point for many of the families with justice remaining incomplete.
The spiritual relief and achievement many of us were unable to be witness to but mere viewers seeing signals from the Guildhall on the carefully managed day, the almost simultaneous oral statement in the Commons put away anxieties without justice visible.
Catholics killed. Hate crime.
No one convicted. Loss of life.
The Chilcot Inquiry.
Censure exists. A Tony Blair and George Bush motive of hate, whether thought of in those terms but directing War, Violence at and directly upon and towards a perceived threat from a race and enclave wholly Muslim, took their respective Countries under their lying to their own Parliament’s threshold and beyond into a War. No second resolution.
In days were seen Shock and Awe.
No one convicted. Loss of life.
The Lawrence Inquiry. The cover-up of racial motivated murder was and still is a corrupted process. Being left to Noreen and Tony Lawrence to fight.
Only two people were ever convicted. Loss of life.
The Guildford Four Inquiry. Only when Gareth Pierce uncovered the British Government British Intellegence Force integral and directing the willing Police Force to frame four Catholics and the perceived antithesis of the British as conspiratorial Irish people, did exposure of the hatred of
Catholic Irish by the British in allowing any chosen person to fit a crime by hate. Stereotypical hate.
No one convicted either for the Bombing or conspiracy of cover-up.
Loss of life.
The Marchioness and Hillsborough Inquiries involved Police and State cover- up on behalf of the operators.
No one convicted. Loss of life.
These were not hate crimes but the facts presented by the operators concealed the facts requiring the material to be gathered, and in the case of Hillborough was only recently to reach a conclusion but without presently any convictions. The Marchioness was mowed down by a ship turning and 50 people died with one lookout for the boat hit.

Occupy and the Collective
Democratic hearings have emerged. The Peoples Tribunal – Commissions of Inquiry that being a lot like the Peace Foundation founded by among others Bertrand Russell. The Peace Foundation. Now there are Peoples Tribunals on Palestine, the NHS, Iran.
Michael Mansfield held up the Gerard Conlon strength of purpose inherent in him and contended it to exist in us. Whether you have been a part or part from (a lot has gone on on this road was the – well I gulped at the bombast from the Politician who came up with that separateness) the contamination of the Political Process and segregation to suit those ends Michael Mansfield noted in his view a change. All to slow from the sixties, seventies, etc,. Where a collectivism was in tandem.
He cited examples of Peoples Inquiry which he has been a part of and continues with. The Onion as he describes it unravels. The capacity resources multiply and the functions have been gathered by Ed Miller at MIT whose observation shows clearly we cannot nor do multi-task and instead Michael Mansfield has, in my mind, found the necessity for a Public Collectivism to arrange for us importance and direct mental and active focus. Occupy, Pussy Riot took up the important issues and prioritized and put it up on a frame each of us in the Public acknowledge.

Where we need to attend also is the ‘Molly?’ Collusion of the MP’s and the a Press. To come at that is to see the matters the Public are directed towards and away from are those salient issues we need pay attention to.
I believe it is the example of people’s inability to discern information to make decisions affecting their one lives. Being lead in certain directions.

The di-nemesis of the people it’s opposite attribute is an agent or act of retribution or punishment.

We are finding ways of taking individual causes commonly bound into a Public Collective framework.

Michael Mansfield has observed many things in other peoples lives and made them understand them beyond their experience.
As well as evaluating the source of the harm anyone has been subject to or in the loss of life the location of the responsibility causing their loss he resurrects this and them into the creative mind which is able to see.
Witness is now as well as now which has a current evaluative outcome if we chose and very often do take up. We are able to construct for the better understanding and advance of mankind; often that it cannot be repeated.

Gerard Conlon has personified all our life’s travails writ large in the midst of the dilution of ancient principles.

Imagine a time when the neurology and the minds capacity has returned, it won’t be found forward (the essay Religion: Something New) as our recurrent themes and lives forever indicate.

That return to forever to sub-edit The Mahivishnu Orchestra – many will never have heard them and I reject the impulse to take out this spontaneous connection here made will in my view be very dependant in how we approach the most important two things facing us.
The Population Optimum.
The Human Diet.

Both the movement to arrive at an optimum Human Population which is achievable with very simple and very small behaviour changes together with a reversal of diet and towards the plant based diet which the China Study evidences as our own conditioning resolution and itself the breakthrough required away from medical pharma dependency is paramount.

Thank you to the organisors of The Inagural The Gerard Conlon Memorial Lecture 2015 by Michael Mansfield.

Apologies for the concentration on the main central lecture of Michael Mansfield, to Paddy Hill whose own contribution told mostly unrepeatable in polite company

To in the background The Church of Saint Peters Falls Road who cared so long and so lastingly for the Conlon family in their lives and continued journey. Cherish also the possibility the wishes for Religious unity around our one Creator across this world within all worlds.

Canon Dougan. Morning service on 26 January 2015 chose these hymns.

‘To the one who is Love Divine, love is excelling.’

‘Be my Guardian and my guide.’

John Graham

26 January 2015

Belfast

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Films of 2014 remembered pre-Oscars

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And the winners are….

The awards are in the cupboard for distribution on Stages floodlit and spot lit across the Globe in 2015 for works that reached us in the year just gone.

So many days of entertainment has been brought to us by the Film Industry without which the world would be more of a collective basket case than it already is.

It speaks against war,poverty, genocide, corruption and mostly our own harm on harm.
Human Harm
In a film not to go on the list ‘The English DoctorHenry Marsh tells of his career which he delftly, lyrically, philosophically, breathtakingly, heartwarmingly but last and most distinguishably honors his own skills with humility and amazing unheard insightful ness of his term as a surgeon of the brain and all that placed him there in the book his wife provided (plagurising the plagiarist himself – nothing’s new I’ll find it for you Larry Page) called Do No Harm. Hippocrates must have heard in from the Barrista or Barman at his social hut.

So already you have a Film unready for the Oven of Acclamation by the Semi-Greenhouse dwelling – LA – hothouse flowers renegades all and sundry.

Two films on Human Rights I have seen and neither makes it onto the Documentary category and one that enters my list but comes off it as few have seen it is Apples of the Golan.

Burn a list out.
My list is to be short -The Guardian listing 10 in 12/12/14 g2 do it ten down to one.

It is short because on any given day they could be in the top spot. So much film acclimation is about its timely delivery. Other times it is due to compelling world themes. Boyhood is particularly good and very good at that. So is Mr Turner, Under the Skin, The Grandmaster, Leviathan, The Imitation Game, there are more. Other film performances are battering down doors and some not having even been on General Release in the UK.
JK Simmons in a film reviewed elsewhere for instance is apparently a shoe-in for Best supporting actor – well being among the early viewers I think not.
He is limited in the role by the very nature of the part and is stereotypically the bad ass teacher with hidden gripes.

Keira Knightly is excellent and is convincing as the Turing foil which BC has in the same sphere every chance of nailing the Big one.
KK is a worthy Best Supporting Actor winner in my eyes.

I find it hard to restrict the year end list to 5 but it is a necessary task in my mind.

A Touch of Sin
Starred up
In Order of Disappearance
Ida
Two days One Night

They are however arranged in the order I table today with my favorite last.

Two Days One night is a beguiling, bewildering, belligerent and superfine edge of the nerves chilling visual narrative told with the finesse of any director you could care to name.
Marion Cotillard creates this part in the manner Fonteyn created her Fredrick Ashton roles. That is with exceptional artistic and wonderous enthrallment. In seeing this film I was literally thinking alongside the walking the movement of seeing Margot Fonteyn completely rowing us into the dance, into the path of the story and us being with her.
How could the comparison be made except through the lucidity and poetry of an exquisite serious acting performance? Only one answer sheer artistry of a performer on their game.

When you watched MF and RN but particularly the women, as all ballet of significance and importance is a homage to the body of a woman.
The waif like strength of Margot Fonteyn beholden alongside the extraordinary masculine figure of the supreme male dancer Nuryev could not be more telling.

Telling is the word. Fellow French actress Juliet Binoche who inhabited my favorite contemporary film ‘Les Amant du Pont-Nuef‘ sought to herself engage with herself and have witnessed through dance this perilous journey.

I was totally absorbed beginning to end with this film for it’s telling of our times.

It’s delicate properly respectful pride of the French people whose identity is a contested place as far as a lot of Europeans are concerned.
(Rider: a lot of this film is shot in Belguim but that’s not the point).

I love the French people though there may be one or two exceptions that spill that cannot deign to wipe it up.
The essence of the people is encapsulated, the French character, flesh and bone, not just in The mesmeric Marion Cotillard but her fellow performers who each also reach the levels of the film making intent and delivering it so extraordinarily.

For me there is no question of it every being taken off the 2014 top of the mantle pride of place. For the second year in a row a French film gets my top vote. Last year it was the quite literally incredible ‘Holy Motors.’
The beauty of film making is distinctly alive in France (..and by locale Belguim..!!)

Further up and down the see-saw are found the wonder filled Polish film, Ida which I defy anyone not to be thoroughly engaged by. It has a generosity of will and sacrifice, saviour, coming of age emotion enriched as it is treated without necessity to adjust to much for the past circumstances which are carried and refuse to leave the stage of life’s drama.

Then there is one which I do not list as it is far too close to home to be yet considered as a depiction of truth. It takes as it’s timeframe 1971, abbreviated it, ’71 and turns it into a slave of the events in Northern Ireland.
It is framed in and around the city of Belfast and uses settings configured and still standing in Sheffield as the flats.
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I once was a colleague of Brian Anson the GLC Architect who employed his Liverpool guile to turn against London’s philistines and was THE prime saviour of London’s Covent Garden – not the Opera House (since reformed and Floral Halled keeping the stage and Main Auditorium as it’s appendage – but the Market. Now Covent Garden District is a lesson in retention of civic space. Brian Anson came to challenge and have pulled down the Division Flats featured in the seventies for their cumbersome social experimentation – ghettos satin is an equally applicable franchise. Franchise Architecture doesn’t work – Jean de Renet and Mies Van de Rohe – never related their compositions of buildings, streets in the sky or skyscraper hip Philosopy much farther than their adopted surfaces. France and USA.

‘71 is a depiction and a violent one. As a film it gives insight to a degree but has no insider knowledge of the huge kind which The Guildford Four had.
On which in my view was only a scratching at the truth.
I am assisted in this view with the absurd way in which Twelve Years a Slave is held in totally undeserving acclaim. It is film racial porn. Fletcher was a name used in Whiplash and that has more Fletching as integral abuse in scale.
While Fassbinder flails and assaults the scene shots of horseman in the fields is disgusting hubris given what actually went in and widely chronicled. It would have turned out to have more credibility had Sam Taylor-Wood tackled it and twice as much delivered. But there you go awards and opinion.

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Who is the slave – the Film Industry?

John Graham

15 January 2015

Belfast

Exodus : The Interview.

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Ridley Scott does interviews. The Egyptians do not do open culture.
For the Egyptian Government correctively they have decided to ban the Exodus Movie made by Ridley Scott.

Whiter than was white the film Exodus has Christian (I cannot see where this might take me) Bale, tests the credibility of Moses as he engages as a Spidermany type avenger for The God of God.
Banned
Ramses II is in flowing form, (though and this is not the contested part) gathering in his phoney rule on a high of hubris when Moses appears to the Egypt of Kadesh before even the El Giza marbles. Go Elgin with that discovery.

The Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus is not mentioned in the Bible. Instead it is the name of the city from which the Exodus began, a city built for the Pharaoh by the Israelites and from which the Exodus began. Ex. 1:11.

For banning movies, North Korea, has as media has it, in past weeks sought the film The Interview not to be shown creating a storm which became a box-office profit on ridiculing satire itself embracing assassination.
Ex-Ridicule Charlie Hebro
What came a week or so later and no one likes to make any sub-conscious connection, comes the Charlie Hebro cultural media mayhem ending in many deaths.

Morocco and obviously Turkey or is it Syria, have made the film Exodus an enemies piece of propaganda.

Taking on the Hitties in Syria, Rameses in around 13c BC seems to have upset Moses. Why else does this brother of Judaism become embroiled in what is portrayed as Egyptian to us of the Jews in slavery?

That slavery as now depicted is challenged by Egypt. History is revealing new discoveries which shall themselves create argument.
Sandstone stacks of corridors, some 30 metres long their narrow inscribed walls are now giving further insights as these walls show camps in Gebel El Silsila where the carvings for the Karnak and Luxor temples seem to have been produced. Then they were transported to Luxor.

Like the present, where a division exists between those that think the labour camps of Qatar, of Dubai, of the UAE, of China’s monolithic regions of mass production are slavery to the workers and work to the owners of the product, the description of slaves is something an answer is difficult to find so far back.

The sure slavery of our recent centuries is clear of wartime and in Chinese history. It is also ignored. The slavery of modern times is veiled and concealed often within the gaze of missionaries who turn to Amnesty or others to blow the whistle while they curate their truth.
Screen Slaves
Dismantling the hubris is Moses (I cannot see where this might take me) the hero epoch making edifice of strength with marbles. His commandments are worthy of hubristic force which is aligned with the words Jesus empowers us.

The Jewish Moses is part of (adopted) an Egyptian family whose mix becomes, became statues of the future world of Jewish and Biblical value out of Asiatic inhospitability, a group or family of extinct languages that includes cuneiform Hittite and its nearest congeners, as Lycian, Lydian, and Luwian. Did they turn away into the birthplace of Jesus as a result of the, Rameses – Moses entry to Israel, to Judaism restored, to become the source for the entry of Jesus.
Czech Egyptian Discoveries this last sx months
4,000 years of history have in the past few years found the working story of the pyramids which presently and until now been contested.

Exodus as in the Bible, is not what you see. What you see is not what is depicted. The sensation of the story is the Revalatory. Those walls found in isolated tall thin corridors within Gebel El Silsila are the finest and epoch making Cartoons of a storyboard which places any present day design into a water based pulp. 3,500 year old posters Ndebele alongside half sphinx like carvings by hunter-gatherers a mere 100,000 years ago.
Blasphemy by idiocy.
The property of renouncing the hypocrisy of Governments is a project of publishing satire as truth and describing the offence of blasphemy by idiocy of malformed truth. Charlie Hedro occupied this vein of luxury.
The vein of luxury found through a skill or aptitude for visualising the unspoken. There are no taboos to be applied. The taboos are to be taken.

The insecurity of others is the stinking pit of exploiting or ridiculing an understanding not obtained of another’s culture. It becomes a dry web of short war substitute intellectual war-heading. It is peripatetic child versions of Aristotelian philosophy. So wrong headed as to be not only offensive due author of destructive vitriol.
Alexander the Geographer
Reference to Alexander the Great makes itself a good point.

The land in which Alexander found his adventures in pleasing his parents of Greece, by obtaining and ruling over more productive fertile territory, for that is all that was at stake (Darius’s tent of captured loot was meaningless tat) only appeared in 350BCE rather appearing to entice comparison of eras as the machinery of the Exodus had marched only so far, into the Israel of the so called promised land. Alexander began the exodus for promising land.

The land of freedom and freedom from sacrifice of the person to indulgence, not the sacrifice of the people on lands newly occupied was of Moses prediction.

It prophesied the appearance of the true Creator. Dreams and hallucinations were frequent in the mind of Mose. The allegorist ran deep.

The veins of Alexander took on the geography in a totally physical sense. His burning passion for his childhood Heniylous friend, now belonging to the fertility which instead of lying west of Asia Minor; the heart being Alexandria, became instead lands of the fertile Persia which had riches aplenty.

Even greater was the green India of similar God fearing, worshiping deities which I think were found by Alexander to be far superior to any he knew.
West India has been so influential. The Gods themselves were created as expressions, fro expressions of the God given, Creator given richness some of which Alexander had only the wildest thought of.

There is in parts of India such essence as prompted out of his late found interest in Yoga Beethoven’s String Quartet No.12 the same balance Alexander may have discovered except his was a pathological illness of intense failing to subdue his violence and striving to command for the sake of his record his future lived after him. Beethoven did not have such problems only a message in alliances of sound.
Before Christ
It is a reinforcement ahead of the appearance of Jesus.
It is a militaristic approach to making decisions of human value.
It is a death nail found to be consigning the future to be hell through the actions of one man exemplifying the means on which nations are built.

The Exodus so defined and so unchallenged in Biblical times became and remains a Godless return for reference.

Mere man, so the present reasoning has it, being incapable of taking into the future the known words of Jesus – whose reckoning through the consignment In figurations of past history so absurd and contorted – they are still fashioned as an operable function and our media of destruction.

When the people within a action are seen to be separate alongside each other and divisions are made and found through a range of cultures descended upon them and carried forward it is seen that there is bound to be conflict. People literally bound in conflict.
More aggrevivng is the prospect of that being the outcome of needlessly doctrinal or forth righteousness displayed in a context outside the values which are the Creators will.

Somewhere and sometime the forgiveness will be fulfilled as when it is needed it is only for the perpetrator to seek it for it to be realised. It is in the finding not the giving.

Where shall it be found by whom and when?

All things are the will of the Creator.

John Graham

14 January 2015

Belfast

Whiplash : A Film Review

On the edge of Knowing.
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Learning the score
This is a lucious, glorious, engaging fast flowing film. It has an endearing pupil, intimidating teacher routine which upsets and provides the grist for the mill of the musical genre that is Jazz based but that enables escape of a kind in allowing you to determine what are the drivers within creativity.
What is Jazz and as it is so much associated with free flowing fluidity of musical timbre is it so, so fixed note mathematically cadenced and hung on the detail such as the on score message of the composers design?

Listen and watch and learn more to gain a worthwhile insight to the background and for many the foreground musical array chosen to balance their auditory needs.

The cast are firstly the Oscar leaning (BSA) JK. Simmons, as Terence Fletcher tilting over the drum kit and life of the singled out for greatness pupil Andrew Neyman played by Miles Teller whose playing is very highly fixed and skilled. Never having been in a Jazz Conservatiore I have no idea of the standards already in place at the get go but if this is the standard an around them both are the whole compliment ensemble needed as a class big band all equipped to carry this dynamic film.

Dynamism is the luxuriant array of sound which from the single stick tap in to the fully accounted for end scores peppered throughout this is foreground sound in film. It is not biographical as has been the recent entry of film to the soundscape of masters too numerous to name heck.

Deliverance
It takes a musically attuned ear to pick up on the note delays, tempo thrust and the delicacy of volume control amidst the disciplined Jazz-band playing which cascades towards us along with the visually arresting array of gorgeous instruments utilised to entertain us.

To cover this film properly requires a working knowledge of how Jazz has been the immigrants song creating legendary musical influences which enter Ito the repertoire we associate with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington whose vibe was the outlet for the racial differences found into the many States of America. Soul has Jazz Funk has Jazz Pop has Jazz and as the soaks have it, Jazz has Jazz.
Story, the last thing on my mind
Where is the story to come from? Where is the earthy to come from? Where is the core moral? What is the history made or recalled? Who makes it original? Where are the truths and what is the point of Jazz?!

‘Whiplash’ is the name and it feels that way. The Jazz ‘standard’ along with ‘Caravan’ a mope familiar one describe and provide the centrality of the thread which takes us across small School based but high achieving Jazz competition episodes which act as a form of divertissement to the main score – that of the musically being drawn through Blood and Claw (a website exists!) up close and beautifully filmed – encountered which at times seem as voyeuristic torture acts. We are witness to the demands and Andrew Neyman Is equal to delivering what he has been taught.
The names are skittish. Andrews real name Miles Teller and JK Simmons aka, Terence Fletcher, the Fletch arrow tuned, chewed thoroughly.
In taped hands rest the fingertips as extensions of the human rendering the innermost on this ancient instrument the drum. There also goes Superwoman Julie Neymar as a name of the times – no connection to the film whatsoever but Native American fusion.
The only love element in the film happens to be the Rory McIlroy type.
I’ll leave that hanging. He does.

His playing (not Rory’s but close,) is figured around the classic kit.
Every beat around his circular reach is known and every measure is – and here it is massively apparent – the kit is an animal to be tamed and ever service of music is sought of it.
The fine fill of brushes matching hearts cadence while below the bass drum is everyone in the units earshot key underpinning beat.
No matter how inconsequential a note might appear the players from the trombone to the clarinet, to the soprano sax, to the strings of bass and guitar all owe their perception of what goes on to the drums.

It is never do evident when latter on several performance show that Jazz at the finest union of music delivered as a giant memorable dynamic which takes the listener into a bodily felt union with the band. It is the music of democracy and community. Played as a pure recognition of interracial and irrepressible earthly wonder.
Except in the hearing, by being in the presence of this emotive charge it is tangible while being heavens expressed.
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Observatoire on life
It is up to you to use your observations and se how this fragile and seemingly era based music has no chance of remaining static and reflective. Every generation one after the other learn to discover its command over the classically trained and it becomes real time magic. Interpretation is famously about listening to the spaces within the sound. The estrangement of notes.
The Art never evaporates.
Recently, one CP, a fellow on Facebook identified a Nina Simone rendition, if that is what is can be loosely attributed as, of singing Feelings at the Montreaux Jazz Festival of circa. 73 in a movement almost Beckett inspired, of interrupting interpretation as it became obvious the ethereal was upon her, she became overwhelmed it is co-junction on several different levels as the listener. It was perilously close to being a Carl Andre pice of modern analysis.

So you think that (crit?) pretentious rubbish? Close to Pseuds Corner?
It is whatever you make it and the collective resources of your own thoughts may or may not embrace the extent to which we rely on the Arts to produce – not pre-curated thought processes but to unify and reveal the hidden there as simple evidence of a force which is extraordinarily contained in all of us.
Of Africa we are and of Africa so is Jazz as science and product.
How is that?! Listen widely. Jazz epiphany on 6 January.
We are late but what the hell. The two faces of January turn the year onto us.
Origins
It is a City sound unlike the prequel of Country folklore and imported narrative based songs associated with the vast rural spaces.

It’s hard to think of a Grand Canyon or Texas handle on Jazz.
Influences came into the big screen cinematic portrayals eventually via. The Gerswins, Berekley, big country music which suited the big screen. Oklahoma an instant nostalgia presented in the newly 3,000 seater cinemas and often Broadway stimulated show business.
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Here is today’s generation displaying the art of musicianship in the form making of Jazz is an integral justification of Americas sense of self.
Both races are represented in this as the vibe. The players are youthful scholars at the fictional New York Schafer School which sucks in excellence and budding talent.
Buddy Rich the drummers big band leader supreme is the core student Andrew prime loader of studious appraisal. He is inducted into a school set up band by the industrial ferociously driven and therefore corrosive egomaniac Fletcher. Proud of his Hugh Jackman like big arms (turns out he’s a pianist!) he escorts his shine, both bald head clean shaven head, his black shod shoes into the precision of the room of the School where a band assembles. His set up and his direct tool of control. Known as the Studio, it seems this is the martial core part of the work of a Jazz semester.

America has its form of educational style which deliver greatness in awkward uninhibited professionals as dynamically American. Think Lawyers, Scientists, Medicians, Philosophers and Journalists, those last two a case apart, and compare with the spectrum educations in India, (elitist) South America (colonial) English (eclectic elitism) German (Bauhaus, Baccalaureate) and the range seems also democratic.

Unfortunately this democratic rhythm to education is in this visualisation of a musical kind brings us into the Deadman walking opprobrium that is Fletcher’s heavy homophobic, racial stereotyping, mid America hating, myosin it’s attitude which is feigned but practiced as it is in keeping with the directions Jazz in his mind congregates around.

Jazz is nothing of the sort of course. The likes of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin pursued their genius of vocal dexterity inside the macho world of large ensembles.

Andrew is faced with this acidic reckoning and the tutor Fletcher opens up implausibly – if he didn’t know of Buddy a Rich before hand he needn’t have bothered turning up but the Buddy Rich album Birdland (joe Zwaninul) my personal talisman of music, appeared to be advised! listening! As if.

I recalled the Weather Report of my own ears induction in the sound of live Jazz, then regarded as – well it was a sideline of progressive music as others would have it, – except in the band the Austrian born, Vienna born, classically trained Joe Zwaniul.

JW was not only author of Birdland but the free expressionist exponent and core influence for the likes of Miles Davis and all players surrounding, the never to be buried Jazz Gods messengers music trail. His In a Silent Way setting up another stage and level of Jazz which gave license to the likes of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis to create their own dominion.

This is the sphere of worldly Jazz Fletcher wishes Andrew to follow on from.
You can see this in every searing, humiliating frame Fletcher knows his gift is not sufficient to carry his own broad and well rendered skills. The teacher has found a protege and that is for him a fix except he almost destroys the prospect. The driving and completion, some false excruciating scenes are exercises in non modal countenance
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Conclusion. 3+###
Making their mark is the premise. As a young actor Miles Teller excels as the encouraged and discouraged but always courageous central character. JK Simmons tries his dampest, the repertoire for him is limited to serious grimacing face pulling enraged, sometimes a tad inanimate physicality, hand conduct with the repose generated by his contained thoughtfulness delivered by a face full of Bourbon or stronger muscle depletion character.

The film is a handsome piece of film making from the first film Director
and the choice is perfect imperious winter hardship at arms length viewing.
It’s entertaining and musically interesting without fail for those risen above novice, rookie – the pupil in class and I think this has been my only spoiler and it’s believe me minimal – is a squeaker – because it opens ears to the directions of Jazz. The self same name of Bill Evans with Miles Davis collaborative double album. It comes nowhere near the Jazz fusion esoteric drumming driven out by Billy Cobham and other advanced drummers.
The jazz playing gets about a three as it is schoolyard and ‘good playing’ the higher plain jazz is instrumentally there to be found live and in all cross over platforms yours to discover.

I got a thrill out of it tapping away discretely and entering the action belonging vibe that Jazz subscribes uniquely.

Looking at others stretching themselves to get there is a very common harmonious audience player relationship and seeing all those visually expressive instruments swing together is bravo musical film making.
Enjoy but don’t destroy.
It looks like being popular and students will get a kick out of it.

John Graham

14 January 2015

Belfast

Opens at QFT Belfast on this Friday 15th January and other screens around.

Turns out to be True

What became of reflection?
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In the day when three Algerian citizens living in France turned on a group of creative, professional, traditionalist, ridicule illustrators, one thing appeared clear. The escalation of hated is fueled by failures in the human race to communicate. To turn hate into murder is an unexplained step.

The people of who we in the UK had little idea of the activities and product of their own minds which they put across in a niche of political satirism little was said here of the families and partners left behind.
The family had become the Nation. Or so it appeared.

Blasphemous satire was the alleged motive that became depiction playing into the hands of the individuals belonging to the self determined ideology of their own basis of theology. An ideology without theology.

For centuries the art form which now depicts the extreme diversity of humanity is found like an island, abandoned by mediated satire, in an age of digitized and brutalized media it’s vulnerability to hatred has been realised in the most destructive way imaginable. Is it worse than a missionary boiled in a pot?. Of course it is. We now have the means to make sociological judgements based on wider reasoning.

Were it disseminated alongside editorial as is the case in virtually all so called heavyweight media the ‘cartoon’ vexates as the crude visual metaphor unreal he’d by the journalistic endeavours so often.
Therein lies a very clear distction. One that conducts itself inside a message not itself being the message.

Like at the beginning of the French film ‘Ridicule’ the fact is the French are ‘piss-poor at it. It is not Moliere but now men are dead and this is an unspeakable violation of the right to be free to create your own measure of the world.

For the choice of expression to find itself in print media of a circulation of 60,000, bringing representative of a nations culture and a target for incensed propagandists for a cause creating itself around brutalism and against the higher authority of and will of the Creator, is a new level of ridicule gone bad.

This is a driven ferocity hell bent on creating hell on earth against all Muslim and Other Religious thought.

Traditions of becoming a challenger on behaviour of a Creator are found and faced in the margins of media they become capsules of storms seen gaining momentum in sight, like a passing tornado followed on satellite, to fade and leave behind destruction in a calm. Such is the currency of digital.

To the vast majority, confronted only when the traditions of journalism of following the currency, literally, of the moment know as the present, enter the fray, provided with instant direct news and reportable of the outcomes the undercurrent of themes known and dispersed amongst us are unknown.

The gunmen now themselves subject to killing after leaving their siege firing and in the face of gunfire in their radicalisation were responding to the Abu-Grade prison camp images and the pyramids of the naked pile of prisoners being humiliated and the easily recalled image of the shrouded hooded prisoner on a platform no bigger than their feet with their hands raised slightly imploring justice and showing a mind containing dignity.
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They have been chased around France and came out in the end in a senseless bloody replay of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’.

Serious journalism has been seeking answers and providing insight and analysis all along as ridicule has diversified the depictions of conscious.
So it has ever been. Now however the proximity of the ills and origins – now beyond state – of perceived identity and ideology have abandoned reason to the functions of a new order of allegiance.

Serbs, Croats must be wondering what the price of Kingdom is, of how they find a way to repair their past. Senseless young men and women are on the opposite side of the hill they were once on were they put the lives of others as worthless and choose to destroy figures representing the opposite.

The opposites living inside the same human design, the same physiology programmed with an bitter intensity brought out of the past rendering their future into a shambolic mess.

How this has manifested is not presently the (they need restored and he wants to do that) paramount need for focus or attribution.
The primary focus is the realisation of the seismic drift caused by media that defines expression and presents disclosure has itself become the root of propaganda.

Capital is gained in such tiny acts. They ‘represent’, they are the acidic corrosive fusion of ideas and a destructive force capitalizing on the idea.
In this tiny act the family of those lost to a trio of gunmen were not the foremost print or visual connection. The abandonment of reality was instant and the idea of a nations values and freedom of speech became the cause for concern.

This has been taken up through outrage and found to be a place for ‘nationhood’ to recapture lost found while protagonists for free speech ignore the lack of it within the greater and hidden sections of deal making political and financial agendas.

The Anglo-Saxon meeting to discuss Banking and separate ideologies of monetary approach to the management of their population and the dispersal of generated wealth and power is matched in tandem by the New Isis World Gold Bank. Except the small Isis monetarised Banking System only partially yet realised in the form of an actual Currency producing Factory or ‘Treasury’ is a mirror of the the corruption of principles as edict.

The Isis collection bowls stretch into the homes and businesses of Europe, various Charity front organisations to such an extent citizens in foreign lands, particularly Turkey manifest the structures enabling the collection and recruitment sponsorship of the Isis to turn into forces.

Such forces, since the shut down of the Gold market transfers having readily and complicit capacity for enabling gifting funds into Isis in both Syria and Turkey stifled they operation has turned to the ancient currency of hegemony the monetaristion itself. Creating Gold coin from stolen sources and now from redirected finance is designed to find the power to overturn.
Isis have the readiness and in world terms a tiny fraction of banking.
The Jewish faith whose own reaction to Isis is virtually silent is in real terms many many multiples of rich unfashionable wealth.

With that wealth is bought singularity. Impeccably religiousity. Implacable values of truth. All founde on a conversation between Gods and Crucifixion.

This weekend the diversity of the families of those killed will have gathered to begin burying their loved ones prematurely taken form them.
Since they were only some days after seeing them most probably over Christmas and New Year and memories formed even between their closest which were to carry them forward and now strained have become irreplaceable very significant precious memories it is beyond imagining what sorrow has been felt or what sorrow continues?

May the wounds of bitterness heal quickly and their memories last forever.

John Graham

9 January 2015

Belfast

From the Dave Duggan play AH6905

The dead abound, the dead abound,
How do we keep them in the ground,

The past remains, the past remains
How do we satisfy its claims

The truth cries out, the truth cries out,
How do we answer to its shout,