“The marvellous stag of Arthur, That lofty white stag leap … “

Towards Break Of Day

WAS it the double of my dream
The woman that by me lay
Dreamed, or did we halve a dream
Under the first cold gleam of day?

I thought: “There is a waterfall
Ben Bulben side
That all my childhood counted dear;
Were I to travel far and wide
I could not find a thing so dear.’
My memories had magnified
So many times childish delight.

I would have touched it like a child
But knew my finger could but have touched
Cold stone and water. I grew wild.
Even accusing Heaven because
It had set down among its laws:
Nothing that we love over-much
Is ponderable to our touch.

I dreamed towards break of day,
The cold blown spray in my nostril.
But she that beside me lay
Had watched in bitterer sleep
The marvellous stag of Arthur,
That lofty white stag, leap
From mountain steep to steep

USA Summer 2020 –

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next


And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next https://youtu.be/cX8szNPgrEs via @YouTube

The future teaches you to be alone The present to be afraid and cold So if I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists. Bullets for your brain today But we’ll forget it all again Monuments put from pen to paper Turns me into a gutless wonder.

As per usual with the Manics, the lyrics were draw from art, culture and history – as they put it, ‘using the past to illustrate what’s missing from the present’. Inspired by George Orwell’s ‘Homage To Catalonia’ and a phrase written on a poster calling for recruits to fight in the Spanish Civil War, Wire was driven to write one of their most rousing rallying cries.

“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”  George Orwell ‘Homage to Catalonia’ … and more …  

“For some reason, all the best matadors were Fascists.” GeorgweOrwell

“If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: ‘To fight against Fascism,’ and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: ‘Common decency.” George Orwell

Nicky Wire born Blackwood 1969

Normal People?

AT LAST SOMEONE WHO AGREES WITH ME – EMILY HILL author of the short-story collection ‘Bad Romance,’ published by Unbound. DIOLCH EMILY.

The trouble with Normal People

The BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel was suicidally boring.