A performance piece for Dionysian Heights. Part Two: Death
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana
This is a revision of the earlier video with something that I consider more appropriate both to us at the time, the feel of the piece, and how I feel right now. The music is the same and I’ve edited lots of WW2 video archive material to fit, where possible, to the sounds.
Recorded circa 1980-81
The music was created by Crawling Chaos as accompaniment to a performance piece by Zyclon B Zombies called Dionysian Heights, a morbid and gory on-stage blood fest with real offal and copious quantities of ketchup.
All music copyright Crawling Chaos
All video and images are in the public domain, free of copyright or under creative commons’ licences. They’re all available here on the wayback machine. These are what I used:
n.b. My dad missed The Battle of Leyte Gulf (some of the footage here) though he was at D-Day and then was part of the British Task Force 57 at Okinawa on his ship, HMS Slinger. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Pacific_Fleet
This piece is dedicated to my dad and folks like him
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I’ve cleaned up the above track a bit although it’s still 14Meg in size and lasts quarter of an hour. It’s classed as Crawling Chaos although only two members took part in this version. This version of Zombie Dance is part of a commission given to Rees and Jeff by some chums, Zyclon B Zombies,...
It (literally) means 3000 realms in a single moment of life. This means that for any given moment your life is composed of everything; all thoughts, all history, all presents and all futures. You only ‘sense’ things one at a time, yet they’re always there.
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia
I’ll soon be toddling off to the beach above.
It’s a fantastic holiday destination, see the sunset here, or click on the image for more shots.
I’ve renamed one of our tracks, the track playing, to “Castaway” after I’d re- jigged it a bit. It seemed “better”.
As a boy my father read a book called “The Coral Sea” and decided to become a sailor who would one day sail that very sea because of it.
He joined the war. His ship was originally called CVE-32.
The Lexington which blew up in the Coral Sea was originally called CV-2.
I’m going to Four Mile Beach soon.
What’s it all mean?
Four Mile Beach again
It means that we are all connected. In many more ways than the 3000, we are all intimately connected both now, to the past and the future. Sometimes the connections are obvious, sometimes not; but as sure as eggs are eggs all our lives are entangled, it’s a part of life.
The Buddha said “work hard for your own salvation” just before he died. It means to take action for your own happiness. Don’t rely on external factors like people, events or gods because you’ll always be dissatisfied. Suffer what is and enjoy what is as if they’re the same.
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Lying sick in bed this morning listening to a Radio 5 phone-in about the “state” of our Accident & Emergency (A&E) healthcare system here in the UK, I was struck by the failure of the radio show’s producers to engender the expected flurry of tales of woe and poor service.
Happy and Immaculate Professionalism
Far from the engineered curses that the show had hoped to produce – instead, a host of people took the time to phone in and praise the excellent service, waiting times, courtesy and professionalism that they had witnessed, sometimes under conditions of the utmost duress (e.g. during the accident black-spot due to falls on the winter ice).
We are now all primed for cutbacks in services in the UK to pay for the banks’ greed. However, all parties promise to protect the NHS’s frontline services.
The UK spends less on healthcare per capita than the USA. This is not in doubt. In fact, the USA spends more per person than any other country.
But now, consider this news article from Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. See how front-line healthcare staff are treated in the USA and consider the service you are likely to receive from such a system?
The nurses at the Temple Hospital in Philadelphia have been on strike since March 31st. This much is clear.
However, in contrast to the UK (and most of Europe), all the staff appear to be on fixed term contracts which had expired last September. In the UK, if you are good enough and pass all the tests, you get a job and keep your job (unless you need to move or progress in your career, say), to serve your local community. As new techniques arrive, you pass more tests etc. You build up your skills as part of a team.
In the USA, they appear to sack all staff from nurses downwards when their contracts are up, then replace all the staff with temporary staff! This means that,
Most healthcare USA Workers are temporary…
The trouble is that all the right-wing forces at work there seem to believe that this is a good system and actually mock our NHS with comments like, “have you seen their teeth?”. This is Obama’s problem with his efforts at healthcare reform. The real truth is shielded from those in work and with private healthcare insurance, and they are a vociferous lot!
The real truth is a warning: Do Not Fall Sick Near Temple Hospital…. After all, what sort of care could one expect from a hospital staffed like that? No matter how personally caring the staff are, there is no communication, no camraderie, no continuity, no honour.
In the dog eat dog world of America, it’s the last man standing who wins; but what’s the point of being in a club of one?
In fact, I have to question the sanity of anyone who would fight to defend a country (or it’s overseas interests) that treats it’s own citizens in pain with contempt and it’s caring profession with worthless indifference.
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