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Aug. 4, 2019 Blumbers

Years and Years Fears

Nobody does dystopian like the British. I just watched all six episodes of Years And Years. I would like to think their skepticism is because of their recent battle with Brexit, but there are decades of evidence that this not a recent phenomenon. I point out the 1930s film Things To Come, which was Mad Max in black and white. There was Orwell’s 1984, so sad it was released in 1985. I think the TV film Threads was made about that time and once you see it you will be afraid to fall asleep. About ten years ago Clive Owen starred in Children Of Men which might as well have been a BBC news documentary. Years and Years carries on this tradition where things get worse and worse. It is ripped from the headlines of obsolete newspapers. The heroes fight back but there are casualties. For taking place so far away, the series hits close to home.

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Jul. 3, 2016 Blumbers

Elie Wiesel

The Nazis killed millions of people. They failed to kill Weisel. He survived the Holocaust and dedicated his life to finding peace and justice. He lived as a constant reminder to the guilty and hope to survivors. Wiesel said “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.” He would not let the world forget. We will not forget him.

Which brings me to the Brexit. There has been a lot of talk about the British leaving the European Union. Some Britons do not like people emigrating from other countries. I remember a story of Jeanette Jerome, a woman from a former British colony. She grew up in a country suffering from deforestation, ethnic cleansing, human trafficking, unregulated industrial development, and a civil war. She wanted a better life and came to Britain. She married a local guy and had a son. His name was Winston Churchill. Imagine what this timeline would be like without him.

Here are some more people not born in Britain but managed to get there and make their mark. Queen Victoria’s mother was born in Germany. Joseph Conrad was born in Poland. Rudyard Kipling and Salman Rushdie were both born in Mumbai. George Bernard Shaw was born in Ireland. Stanley Kubrick was from the Bronx. If people want to move to your country, be flattered. You must be doing something right.

 Note: Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928 and died  on July 2, 2016. Dates are funny things…


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