Canadian’native population’ abuse

Just sent the PBS link below, to Paul for Frances’ niece who is a big advocate for native Americans/First Nations. The content reminded me closely of the comments we heard on PEI in 2015 when we visited a reservation and its small museum. Churches once again figure highly in the stories.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/canada-native-residential-schools/

Will be worth opening and reading again at a later date.

ELWOOD FRIDAY, St. Phillips Indian Residential School, 1951-1953. “I’ve never told anyone what went on there. It’s shameful. I am ashamed. I’ll never tell anyone, and I’ve done everything to try to forget.”

27th December 2016

Heroes Supporting cast Also incs also rans Villains
Family & Home
Alice Foster [Taylor] Bill Taylor Rose Taylor [Gent]
Gerry Foster Roy Perks
Mary Teresa [Loughran]Foster
Margaret Murray {Gag Foster]
Helen Perks  [Taylor]
Maureen Tolley [Keaveny] Peggy Hayden [Keaveny]
Paul & Peter Foster
Seminary and then
Fr Peter Dolan Bob Dewhurst John McGovern Mgr Basil Kershaw
Fr Philip Corbishley John Queen John Donlan Fr Hugh Kays
Fr Tom Walsh
Return Home
Bob Bolton & Peter Provincial Insurance crew
Graham Wharton John Wharton
Joyce Beattie Gordon Head Colin Stoddart
Robin Bulman Peter Wilson
John Helly
TASC
Mick Reeves John Dallat Peter Nannery
Peter Naylor John Nickson
John Williams
Diana Kean
Jim Keegan
Tom Tucker
VSO Sudan
Sophy Bouchra Ianny George Paul Sudan Rail Family
Abdullah Yaseen Bob Shepherd Ahlia School crew
Taj El Sir El Tayib Hassan Awad VSO & BC crew
Liza & Terry Sandell
Doncaster St Peter’s High
George Harter & Family Michael Tolley Peter Hickling
Phil Reilly & Tom Maloney Diana Seeze
Norway
Fru & Herr Oskar Dalelid Sula Ungdomsskole crew Carole Harris
Arild Bjorge Night Class groups
Bernie Laverton
Odd Erik Bruvik
Dalston
Sean Campbell HoD Caldew: Robin Knights Club
John Delap
Slough Holy Family Fr John Mowat Landlady
School Cook’s  Family
Heythrop College
Caroline Spear Michael Ryan Catholic Chaplaincy Crew
Mark Higson Michael Smith
Brian Morris Michael O’Connor
Joe Gigliotti
Paul Flaherty & Irene
Pitman’s
Bruce Carter
Malcolm & Linda Hopper
Eltham STM & SE19 Peter Heron
John Bastin Maureen Harrison Margaret Driscoll Mitchell
Chris Sankey Ruth Ellis Gerry Murray Murray*
Iain McKay Fr Denis Anne Noonan
Canon Smith Harry Luchman Fr Dunstan
Simon Rowe Jo Makulska Peter Smith
Lynn Rushby
Jimmy Tarrant
Amanda Kipling
Sheila Olsen
Chatham
Bill Saunders Dominic Clare & Linda KSC Group
May & Percy Beale
1988 & Beyond
Mary Mark W Graham & Co
Ted & Margaret Paul W Mabs & Paul
Pat Winston Jim W St Paul’s Staff
Simon W
1994 & Beyond
Lily Jan & Des McGurrans
Tom Bernie & Gerry
1998 & Beyond
Stella Sankey Sharon Spencer Bexley S S
Mary Buckland Maggie & Julie
Noel & Maria Kirby Declan Kelly Bernie & Gerry
Sonya & JP
Julia & Paul
2005 & Beyond
Derek Bainbridge Andy Taylor BKS Staff Lewisham S S
Daniela Andriani Jackie Johnson BHT Staff Naomi & Jon
Adam Berry Arman Osmany Grace, Gemma & Jenny
Shane Lincoln Matthew Turner Denise Brereton

Truth [and Reconciliation]

Must really make an effort to make these reflections / ramblings fully honest (the Truth bit) and then put my ghosts to rest ( the Reconciliation bit)

Ergo, gone back over the blog listing the heroes and villains of my history with some amendments to the ‘Villains’ section / categories. There’s no point in being shy of the truth to save ego for someone else who may feel offended in the unlikely event of them reading it.

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This…

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This… as Annie Lennox sang. Song reverberating from Thursday’s Wedding Party in Greenwich.

Don’t know whether it was age, drink [lack of], or just the realisation that the kids are grown up and almost so adult that they superficially don’t need us that much; that I didn’t sleep that well overnight. Dropping Lil at the station at 5.40 for the train up to London and Chadwell Heath brought that home.  Shades of Intimations of Immortality! That’s for another ramble at a later date. The lines are too full to quote verbatim in this piece but:

O joy! that in our embers
Is something that doth live,
That Nature yet remembers
What was so fugitive!
The thought of our past years in me doth breed
Perpetual benediction: not indeed
For that which is most worthy to be blest;
Delight and liberty, the simple creed
Of Childhood, whether busy or at rest,
With new-fledged hope still fluttering in his breast:—
Not for these I raise
The song of thanks and praise
But for those obstinate questionings
Of sense and outward things,
Fallings from us, vanishings;
Blank misgivings of a Creature
Moving about in worlds not realised,
High instincts before which our mortal Nature
Did tremble like a guilty thing surprised:

 

Coupling that with having read the BBC article on the deaths of the great and good in 2016, I start to think that we are far too gloom and doom merchants than aught else and from last night’s dreams of the Lucy Poems variety only make worry and depression self-fulfilling. Once fully awake and conscious, they disappear. I’m not a great one for thinking in the physical dark of night. That is too depressing just as is trying to cycle in the gloom of winter mornings.

 

 

Post Xmas Reflection 2016

Well, it’s over for another year. The last tipsy relatives left by 10.00 pm yesterday and the sober, muslim branch left at about 8.30 am today. The house is peaceful but empty; shame really as the buzz from the youngest nephew and niece have kept us going for two days. Began my real ‘meaning of Christmas’ meal this morning with the obligatory turkey sandwiches. Not sure wholemeal brown rolls counted!

The whole bit about Christmas was strangely fragmented. Christmas Eve and mass were a bit of a let-down as it’s not the same as Midnight Mass from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Ok we miss the ‘great & good’ imposing their version of Christmastide; overlong service, music etc. but it did have tradition behind it. Maybe it died for me when we started a family or even further back in time when I left Carlisle for good. Anyway, for decency’s sake, I don’t like going to church half pickled or asleep on my feet. Mind you, this year’s sermon was a bit more alert; calling us all to be mindful of the disastrous situations in the middle east where migrants / refugees [like Jesus, Mary & Joseph] are under threat. No solutions except the urge to be more aware; if being more aware then leads to individual action, then all well and good. Anything better than Fr Gregory pushing the parish Pilgrimage to The Holy Land, two years ago!

During the Christmas DY conversations, Sam [ ] wasn’t too sure what I was getting at when I asked what her family did for Eid? “Same as you.” Didn’t understand the conext referred to was The Royle Family. My only experiences of Eid were 44 years ago and blood on the streets of Port Sudan from the animal ‘sacrifices’ or of Sir being unable to buy and slaughter a sheep in the midlands for Eid. All the same, it did reinforce my earlier post regarding the difficulties we have in empathising with other peoples’ cultures and heritages.[ Cross referencing The Good Immigrant.]

I also think that they may have fun coping with the girls  growing up as a teenagesr in multi- cultural Leicester or even university. As for the boy, just hope he has time with Nick & Tom as he gets older.

Khadija, Layla and Princess Lily off to Frozen On Ice at the O22016-12-26 12.14.02.jpg

Family Comedy Cast 27/12/16

Heroes Supporting cast Also incs Villains and others and incs
Family & Home          
Alice Foster [Taylor] Bill Taylor Rose Taylor [Gent]      
Gerry Foster Roy Perks        
Mary Teresa [Loughran]Foster          
Margaret Murray {Gag Foster]          
Helen Perks  [Taylor]          
Maureen Tolley [Keaveny]   Peggy Hayden [Keaveny]      
Paul & Peter Foster          
           
Seminary and then          
Fr Peter Dolan Bob Dewhurst   Mgr Basil Kershaw   John McGovern
Fr Philip Corbishley John Queen   Fr Hugh Kays   John Donlan
      Fr Tom Walsh    
           
Return Home          
  Bob Bolton & Peter Provincial Insurance crew      
Graham Wharton   John Wharton      
Joyce Beattie Gordon Head Colin Stoddart      
  Robin Bulman Peter Wilson      
    John Helly      
TASC          
Mick Reeves John Dallat Peter Nannery      
Peter Naylor John Nickson        
  John Williams        
  Diana Kean        
  Jim Keegan        
  Tom Tucker        
           
           
           
           
VSO Sudan          
Sophy Bouchra Ianny George Paul Sudan Rail Family      
Abdullah Yaseen Bob Shepherd Ahlia School crew      
Taj El Sir Hassan Awad VSO & BC crew      
  Liza & Terry Sandell        
           
           
Doncaster St Peter’s High          
George Harter Michael Tolley Peter Hickling      
Phil Reilly & Tom Diana Seeze        
           
           
           
Norway          
Fru & Herr Oskar Dalelid Sula Ungdomsskole crew Carole Harris      
Arild Bjorge   Night Class groups      
Bernie Laverton          
Odd Erik Bruvik          
           
           
Dalston          
Sean Campbell HoD Caldew: Robin Acland Knights Club      
  John Delap        
           
           
Slough Holy Family          
  Fr John Mowat Landlady      
    School Cook’s  Family      
           
Heythrop College          
Caroline Spear Michael Ryan Catholic Chaplaincy      
Mark Higson Michael Smith        
Brian Morris Michael O’Connor        
  Joe Gigliotti        
  Paul Flaherty & Irene        
           

Pitman’s          

Bruce Carter           Malcolm & Linda Hopper

         
           
Eltham STM & SE19   Peter Heron      
John Bastin Maureen Harrison Margaret Driscoll  Mitchell    
Chris Sankey Ruth Ellis Gerry Murray Murray*    
Iain McKay Fr Denis Anne Noonan      
Canon Smith Harry Luchman Fr Dunstan      
Simon Rowe Jo Makulska Peter Smith      
    Lynn Rushby      
    Jimmy Tarrant      
    Amanda Kipling      
    Sheila Olsen      
           
Chatham          
Bill Saunders Dominic & Linda Clare  KSC Group      
May & Percy Beale          
           
1988 & Beyond          
Mary Mark W Graham & Co      
Ted & Margaret Paul W Mabs & Paul      
Pat Winston Jim W St Paul’s Staff      
  Simon W        
           
           
           
1994 & Beyond          
Lily Jan & Des McGurrans      
Tom   Bernie & Gerry      
           
           
1998 & Beyond          
Stella Sankey Sharon Spencer     Bexley S S  
Mary Buckland Maggie & Julie        
Noel & Maria Kirby Declan Kelly Bernie & Gerry      
Sonya & JP          
Julia & Paul          
           
           
           
2005 & Beyond          
Derek Bainbridge Andy Taylor BKS Staff   Lewisham S S Slick Hull Boy
Daniela Andriani Jackie Johnson BHT Staff   Lardy Wislon?
Adam Berry Arman Osmany Grace, Gemma & Jenny      
Shane Lincoln Matthew Turner Denise Brereton      
           

Camber Sands deaths blamed on victims’ ‘culture’ by council

Rother District Council really need their collective , small minded view of people’s heritage and culture to be updated. Apropos of last night’s sermon on FB and here, it proves a point; we don’t understand or attempt to empathise with people of other cultures. We would rather stay with stereotypes.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/23/camber-sands-deaths-blamed-on-victims-culture-by-council

Does this mean that if I had drowned on the beach in St Valery in a swimming accident, it would be my culture and language which caused it?