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14th July - Bastille Day 2011

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject: 14th July - Bastille Day 2011 Reply with quote

( TEXT OF MASS MAIL OUT TODAY - 05 / 07 / 11 )

Dear Readers of Repwblic,

Repwblic does not usually use the junk mail facility - but on this occasion I am mailing everyone with an eye to the number of dead memberships that might be deleted out of the 400 that have accumulated over the years. So take this opportunity to respond ...

This year is the 222nd anniversary of the Overthrow of the Bastille and on this occasion we have a deal with Cafe Rouge on Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay : each table with all four occupants ordering from the main a la carte menu can have a bottle of house wine ( red, white or rose according to your political inclinations ). Wine typically costs £15 a bottle at Cafe Rouge, and main meals are typically priced between £8 - £12.

To take advantage of Cafe Rouge's generousity without abusing it, I would like you to RSVP to the phpBB's administration email address repwblic@hotmail.co.uk and I will email an flier to those who have expressed interest next week. Those who turn up without a flier can probably be accomodated however.

As to what we might be doing this time around, well I planned some educative speeches but the general opinion seems to be that others would prefer me to hand out a leaflet and leave them to do some serious drinking, but that I can bring along some flags and offer the Attestation. I have recently come across a charming painting of the very first Bastille Day with La Fayette making his solemn oath beneath the first French Tricolore ( the red, white and blue of 1790 - 1794, when the colours were reversed ). With a bit of luck the weather will be fine and we can sit outside on the terrace by the fountain looking out across to Penarth Head.

A selection from the menu was given in the calendar when I first gave notice of this event - http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=4 - and if you do not know what Bastille Day is all about you could have a look at - http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=441

Repwblic / dai / David B Lawrence


People who read repwblic know that whilst I quite like them as people and I think that their marching up and down with flags is ok and creates a useful spectacle, I bemoan the lack of political education amongst the ' black faction ' as I have dubbed them. I want a republicanism divested of militarism and invested with political education, a ' white faction ' that is internationalist and plugged into real republicanism, but whilst I have many friends who are republican they do not do much about celebrating it and preaching the ' true religion.' Thus I want an alternative, civilian and intelligent republicanism that shares in the world's political heritage instead of being turned inwards upon itself, something that looks forwards not backwards. ' Yr Ardystiad ' provides an alternative sort of flag waving, uses an alternative flag that has a much longer history, and connects with real historical events in real republicanism like Bastille Day. This is a picture of La Fayette making his solemn promise before the Tricolore flag that he designed, held by his wife Adrienne playing the role of Marianne, with their children around them. This is the tradition that I want us to connect with here in Wales, to share in the international celebration of Bastille Day each and every year and stop being so politically i.e. intellectually isolated. You could start by reading about the La Fayettes ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Washington_de_La_Fayette - interestingly for me, he married Emilie daughter of Destutt de Tracy : the originator of Ideology and thus the father, as far as I am concerned, of modern republicanism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comte_de_Tracy

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah well, not as many people turned up as I hoped but then it made for better conversation with fewer of us. ( People who said they were coming didn't and others who said they were not did and a couple came out of curiosity.) The staff of Cafe Rouge were nice to us and kept their word about each table having a free bottle of house wine, and the food was delicious or so it seemed to me, but then I was ravenous.

As to what table talk passed, well Bastille Day in France and other places and times past; parallels and differences in English and Welsh history; archaeology and museum displays not respecting the bones and artifacts collected; the coalition government's attack on the provision of legal aid; the phone hacking saga's latest developments and our expectation that it ties back to people in the security services; weddings and how they are conducted and what they mean; the increasing abuse of alcohol and how the government raises taxes upon it instead of tackiling it, and thus Welsh Sunday observance laws; eastern european beer festivals; Saint Fagans ( which apparently can not have a brewery despite that being such a feature of Welsh folk history ); television and sport, ofcourse; racism past and future, in the UK and places like South Africa; and all of the usual about who has been doing what to whom and what so and so said about it ...
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