WILFRED OWEN The Pity of War – Penny Rimbaud’s WHAT PASSING BELLS – March 25th 2016

WILFRED OWEN The Pity of War – Penny Rimbaud’s WHAT PASSING BELLS – March 25th 2016

The recordings in this post were filmed at the Vortex, Dalston London and are used with kind permission of Penny Rimbaud.

http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/penny-rimbaud-and-liam-noble-present-the-pity-of-war-the-complete-war-poems-of-wilfred-owen-2/

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Wilfred Owen’s poetry has been reworked into a vast range of different formats. some of the most moving  of which were Benjamin Britten’s use of eight of Wilfred Owen’s poems into his War Requiem, along with words from the Latin Mass for the Dead (Missa pro Defunctis).

Derek Jarman also adapted it for the screen in 1988, with the 1963 recording as the soundtrack.  Though these were striking they  only touched on Owen’s works.

Penny Rimbaud’s intense and thorough exploration of the works of Wilfred Owen allows the listener to journey deeper into Owen’s works,  the order of the poems , the haunting almost hypnotising presentation and audio setting push back the air around you creating almost a sense of silence that reaches out like shadow before pouring emotion into the space around you.

The remastering has been done, the recordings flawless, the CD and photobook hailing back to Owen’s home and surround area, quite stunning.  The job could not have been done better and we would recommend all take a serious looking at the below interview and sales links and pick up a copy of the finished product before stocks run out:

http://thequietus.com/articles/23279-penny-rimbaud-wilfred-owen-what-passing-bells-interview

Penny Rimbaud ‘What Passing Bells: The War Poems of Wilfred Owen’

http://indian.co.uk/shop/what-passing-bells.html

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What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing down of blinds.

On 11 November 1985, Owen was one of the 16 Great War poets commemorated on a slate stone unveiled in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner.

The inscription on the stone is taken from Owen’s “Preface” to his poems: “My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.”

Where today we are so very desensitised and conditioned to the daily existence of mindless fruitless destruction, Where children are born to “order” , fodder for the battlefield, a death before life, a soldier a killer before being a child, where mothers wombs are sacked by Governments out of so called duty to the nation. Before life even begins they are consigned to death.

The destruction of men, as pigs to slaughter, whether they be English, French, German or anything else, a prerequisite of so called of civilisation. It is a crime of hate, a crime of power and corruption and a crime of society to take the innocent, and all that is left when done,. if we are able to feel a mother’s loss, is that breathless wheezing feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by living the sufferings and misfortunes of others.

Penny Rimbaud’s “What Passing bells” presents the pity in Owen’s works at the deepest most comprehensive and accessible level to date in the presentation of this writer’s works.

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Media and Artwork – With Thanks to: Paul Fletcher, Andie Handei Kumafaro, Philip McCulloch-Downs (https://www.facebook.com/PhilipDownsArt/)

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LONDON VEGAN ACTIONS up & coming – FOCUS ON FRAMPTON (Earthlings)

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LONDON VEGAN ACTIONS up & coming – FOCUS ON FRAMPTON (Earthlings)

Getting around town to find who’s up and coming on the London scene led us to Jane Frampton who heads up London Vegan Actions. We stopped to take a look at what Jane has been up to around town and uncover a little of her story.

It all began for Jane in a meditation class when she was at drama school where she began to become more aware of how all beings are connected equally.

After practicing gratitude and acknowledging how things come into our lives, Jane one day blessed her dinner before suddenly realising that the animal didn’t want to give their life ‘The food went round and round in my mouth and I couldn’t swallow it’.

Afterwards she was compelled to find out more, and watched a video by Paul McCartney called ‘If slaughterhouses had glass walls’- she broke down right away.

Along with her sister, Jane became vegetarian, and then veganism quickly followed.

She became involved soon after in animal rights, and started a group called London Vegan Actions, which has now been going for two years and has been responsible for stopping foie gras being sold in London restaurants, stopping the sale of angora in all high street retailers and stopping the sale of tickets being sold in animal entertainment such as bullfighting.

Jane along with her sister were also in the BBC3 documentary ‘Fighting The System’ where they represented animal liberation and called on other young people to speak out about what they want to change.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://www.hightail.com/download/ZWJWcHBHcWY4aU5Yd3NUQw

Her most recent project is called The Earthlings Experience where she and other activists go on the underground and other public places wearing neutral masks and show the film Earthlings – which documents all animal exploitation such as food, clothing, animal testing and animal entertainment. The Earthlings Experience has now taken off in over 25 countries around the globe.

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“The idea is that if people want to, they can look away, but the onus is on them. We’re just showing the truth. I have had abuse, but you have to remember that mostly people are fighting with themselves and are still coming to terms with what they still don’t know is really happening.”

I just want everyone to know that whatever it is you want to change, you can make a difference. I know what I’m meant to do in life now, and that’s to use my love and light to help set others free.”

The next Earthlings Experience is running from Camden Town out into the Tube Network this Saturday 12th of March 2016. Be sure to look out for it on the London Underground.

Earthlings video provided by: http://www.truth.futureproducer.net

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Are you interested in being part of the Earthlings Experience ? Find out more and join up here:

https://www.facebook.com/theearthlingsexperience/

https://www.facebook.com/londonveganactions/

EARTHLINGS in the reviews and News: “Human beings have an infinite capacity for suffering, as long as it’s someone else who’s suffering.”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0358456/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3134203/Think-never-vegan-Animal-lover-reveals-film-factory-farming-shun-meat-dairy-forever.html

http://www.animalliberationfront.com/MediaCenter/Earthlings-review.htm

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