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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:17 am    Post subject: 14th July Bastille Day 2014 - Y Dydd Rhydd Reply with quote

gawd ... what day is it ... what year is it, really ? 6th July 2014 = 18 Messidor CCXXII ( 222 ) according to this - http://www.windhorst.org/calendar/ - & using it to calculate Bastille Day ...

So the next Bastille Day will be 19 Pluviôse CCXXIII ? ... mmm ... can that be right ? ... My guts say no ... the Republic was declared at the 1792 Autumn Equinox and later they back-dated the revolutionary calendar to that because they wanted everything to be in accordance with ' Natural Law ' and counted everything in tens ignoring the natural divisibility of 12 and 60 because the use of the length of a foot and a yard depended upon the body dimensions of a king ... which were of course about to become shorter by about a head ...


" The calendar is often called the "French Revolutionary Calendar" because it was created during the Revolution, but this is somewhat of a misnomer. Indeed, there was initially a debate as to whether the calendar should celebrate the Revolution, which began in 1789, or the Republic, which was established in 1792.[3] Immediately following 14 July 1789, papers and pamphlets started calling 1789 year I of Liberty and the following years II and III. It was in 1792, with the practical problem of dating financial transactions, that the legislative assembly was confronted with the problem of the calendar. Originally, the choice of epoch was either 1 January 1789 or 14 July 1789. After some hesitation the assembly decided on 2 January 1792 that all official documents would use the "era of Liberty" and that the year IV of Liberty started on 1 January 1792. This usage was modified on 22 September 1792 when the Republic was proclaimed and the Convention decided that all public documents would be dated Year I of the French Republic. The decree of 2 January 1793 stipulated that the year II of the Republic began on 1 January 1793; this was revoked with the introduction of the new calendar, which set 22 September 1793 as the beginning of year II. The establishment of the Republic was used as the epochal date for the calendar; therefore, the calendar commemorates the Republic, not the Revolution. In France, it is known as the calendrier républicain as well as the calendrier révolutionnaire. ... Napoléon finally abolished the calendar with effect from 1 January 1806 (the day after 10 Nivôse an XIV), a little over twelve years after its introduction. However, it was used again during the brief Paris Commune, 6–23 May 1871 (16 Floréal–3 Prairial An LXXIX). "

some decimal clocks & calendars - http://www.antique-horology.org/_Editorial/RepublicanCalendar/default.htm

Some people of course took the whole project of decimilisation very seriously, decimating their days in just ten hours which were by our timekeeping 144 minutes long, each of the new one hundred decimal minutes in a decimal hour being 86.4 seconds long ... all very natural ... and the new months were celebrated of course with their Equivalent English names as " Wheezy, Sneezy and Freezy; Slippy, Drippy and Nippy; Showery, Flowery and Bowery; Wheaty, Heaty and Sweety. "

I've got to work out what day Bastlille Day is this year you know ... how else can I issue any invitations ... but do my friends care, so long as there is booze ?


... 222 de la Republique, Mois du Messidor, Decade III Jour du Sextidi ?

... A TIDY SEX DAY ??? ... well, that should draw in the curious at least ... perhaps a little music to enhance the event - but not this song by Rush : it is all wrong ! - the revolution of 1789 was peaceful, that is why Bastille Day is still celebrated because it was instituted the following year as La Fête Nationale to celebrate the fact that the French had not had a violent revolution like the Corsicans and Americans who had been compelled to resort to war ... the French were after all not rustic colonials but urbane and civilised - or that was what they had convinced themselves of on their first Bastille Day on July 14, 1790.




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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gwad ... whinging uncultured politically ignorant cheapskates call-your-selves-republicans- - - - - -I-might-as-well-go-to-some-foreign-country-to-do-Bastille-Day-this-year ... what about the English then ? They do it - even-the-birds-and-the-bees-and-un-educated-fleas-do-it- - -lets-do-it- - - -lets-celebrate-the-greatest-of-all-international-republican-days ... like they do in gay Londrey ...





" ... The Bearded Ladies (http://beardedladiescabaret.com), the experimental cabaret troupe known for No Regrets: A Piaf Affair, Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret, and Beards Are For Shaving: A 007 Cabaret, are teaming up with Eastern State to bring Philadelphia the entire French Revolution in a two-hour spectacle of song, dance, and beheading. This completely historically accurate reenactment of the storming of Bastille will be emceed by the voice of Paris herself, Edith Piaf, and will include appearances by Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Benjamin Franklin, and a life size French Baguette. The spectacle will feature American and French revolutionary music from the 1700s and today including Fortunate Son, Ah Ca Ira, and Children of the Revolution. ... "


Why I want to know do the wanna-be aristos wanna-celebrate Bastille Day ?


This is better - http://www.franceinlondon.com/en-Events-in-London-5394-Bastille-Day-A-costumed-reading-of-A-Tale-of-Two-Cities-Bastille-reading.html

" ... From 14/07/2014 at 19:00 to 15/07/2014 at 21:00 ... Celebrate Bastille day in style with a costumed reading of A Tale of Two Cities by actor Dominic Gerrard in the home Dickens was proud to call his ‘House in Town’. ... Ticket holders will also have a private view of 48 Doughty Street prior to the performance – an exclusive opportunity to take a sneak peek at the beautiful historic interiors of the Museum after hours. Monday 14th July Performance at 19:00 ( Museum entrance 17:30-19:00 ) to reserve £16 tickets : http://www.dickensmuseum.com "

Now I actually have to stop here for lack of time, I am sure that you are going to be able to find some more stuff and in other cities, but what above all I want to convey to my compatriots is how normal celebrating Bastille Day day is in all countries besides Wales - and what an abnormal bunch of narrow-minded, paranoically-prejudiced, parochialising-politicos rule over us as if we were their privately carved off piece of The People - their very own opportunity to rule us even more moronically than those in Westminister. Our Members in the palaces of our Assembly apparently wish to outdo our Members in the palaces of Westminster by practising an even more ardent xenophobia than any other part of the dis-United Kingdom, to such a degree that being in possession of unauthorised dairy products will soon be made a crime here now they have law-making powers ... in fact they are rumoured to be contemplating laws framed not merely for controlling cheese-making but more generally draughted in order to control and ban all unauthorised cultures of foreign origins : you see - it starts with our fighting for brie and will end with us fighting to be frie ... we must in the first instance demand our basic rites to proetry, and fight for all causes that are both rational and rhymable without prejudice to the rhythms involved ... the petty prejudices of Democrats must be laid open to ridicule by the way that Republicans organise parties - for pleasure not power !

Oh, alright, alright ... may be I just sound like I want to start a fight, or am pretending to, but I really think that Republicans in Wales should publicly speak out and earnestly try to make what we are saying clear unto others so that they do not mis-understand nor over-mis-under-estimate themselves ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slbMe-aTY1A
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, I thought to myself ... what about nipping over to Bristol to see if they are reviving the memory of " The Bristol Bastille " of 1831 ?


" Beginning Friday, July 11, the Bristol Bar and Grille will celebrate Bastille Day with French food and wine features. All Bristol locations will offer a special list of French wines selected by Master Sommelier Scott Harper that will be available by the glass, bottle or flight through Aug. 24. The Jeffersonville location at 700 W. Riverside Drive in Jeffersonville, ... LOUISVILLE, Ky. ... " ... mmm ... a bit of a bike ride there then ...

http://www.hotel-bristol-le-touquet.eu/july-2014 http://www.hotelbristol.fr/

Bastille day - Fireworks - Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 11 p.m. - Fireworks, at 11 p.m. on the beach followed by a dance with the Concert Jazz Band at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, place Quentovic.

Well the trouble as always is going to be finding somewhere Bristowlian to stay in afterwards, some sort of inexpensive package deal ...

http://www.lebristolparis.com/fr/bienvenue/ http://www.lebristolparis.com/eng/restaurants-and-bars/le-bar-du-bristol/



£28 to join in with Bastille's Day ? Not very egalitarian ...


http://www.bastillebastille.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastille_(band)




Bastille Day demands great French food and live music. Better head to OXO then [ where ] OXO will be flying the (French) flag for Bastille Day on Monday 14 July.

And whilst we’re not encouraging stereotypes, to get you in the mood for the occasion OXO will be gifting a Kir Royale cocktail to every diner wearing a blue and white hooped Breton shirt.
To keep the Tricolour theme flowing, both the Restaurant and Brasserie will be serving up French-inspired specials, available all day.
In addition, as the sun sets over the river, pretend like it’s the Seine rather than the Thames with the wonderful atmospheric sounds of French musicians. In the Restaurant, relax to traditional French waltz and Parisienne café swing with guitar and accordion from the Ray Gallo duo; and in the Brasserie, a little more up-tempo, Laurence Corns and Maurizio Minardi entertain us with French Gypsy jazz, classic Chanson and cinematic avant-garde guitar, vocals and accordion.

So, if you can’t be near the Eiffel Tower this Bastille Day, hot foot it to the OXO Tower and don’t forget to don that Breton shirt (beret optional).

Monday 14 July - Lunch and Dinner - price just not advertised : if you have to ask, you just can't afford it ... so just don't ask, you revolting peasants ...

- See more at: http://www.harveynichols.com/news/2014/06/17/bastille-day/#sthash.7A27ec2u.dpuf
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAGW ... show them all of the local Bastille Day menus & all I get are complaints about the prices & the limited Vegetarian Options available in the Frenchier parts of Cardiff ... I don't celebrate my own birthday but I am happy to fork out a tenner or more to celebrate - is that really the word ? - my friends' birthdays in some of Cardiff's more dinghy restaurants whose claims to the word are as adequate as those of the Titanic's lifeboats : small sad affairs quickly drowned by an ice-laden drink afterwards ... c'mon : this is Liberty's Birthday - what's £30+ a head between friends for such an evening out once a year ? Pierre will be so disappointed you know ...



Menu Fête de la Bastille - 5.30pm-7pm 2 courses £17.95 • 7pm onwards 2 courses £19.95 - 4 course meal £23.95


[ Café Rouge used to do Bastille Day too, but they were too close to Y Senedd in Mermaid Quay for the comfort of the insecure Bigger Badly Boldly Balding Bullshitting Bigshot Infantile Bigots of Cardiff Bay who complained about them displaying republican flags and serving up suspiciously foreign looking foods like bread and cheese instead of proper Welsh stuff like Kitten Korma, pickled onion flavour pot noodles and - an old favourite down the Welsh Assembly - " pigs in BLANKED " - sorry, even I have to exercise a certain amount self-censorship on such rare occasions as these ... ]
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May be a little mood music to get me into the funky rythm to bop to my darling during Bastille Day ... Y Dydd Rhydd ... NOT " Y diwrnod rhad ac am ddim " ( which has other religious conotations because ' rhad ' used to mean ' grace ' ) ... this is as used in the sense of being enabled to officially bunk off school ... AND it is a direct translation of the sense of the Latin ' feria ' which gives us the English word ' fair ' which was originally a religious word ... yeah - I know that you didn't want to know that ... read about it all here - we treat July 14th as a non-political day to enjoy a meal with anyone who likes conversation : it is bloody stupid to campaign for the rule of law in order to restore everybody's freedom only to become enslaved to the rule of Republicanism in conversation ! Last year we had a pamphlet entitled " Y Dydd Rhydd " & yeah - I think that I will tweak the title of this thread to add that right now !


" A feria (Latin for "free day") was a day on which the people, especially the slaves, were not obliged to work, and on which there were no court sessions. In ancient Rome the feriae publicae, legal holidays, were either stativae ("fixed," that is, recurring regularly, such as the Saturnalia), conceptivae (movable), or imperativae (appointed for special occasions). ... When Christianity spread, on the feriae (feasts) instituted for worship by the Church, the faithful were obliged to attend Mass; such assemblies gradually led, for reasons both of necessity and convenience, to mercantile enterprise and market gatherings which the Germans call Messen, and the English fairs. They were fixed on saints' days (e.g. St Bartholomew Fair in London, St Germanus's fair, St Wenn's fair, etc.). ... Others believe that the Church simply Christianized a Jewish practice. The Jews frequently counted the days from their Sabbath, and so we find in the Gospels such expressions as una Sabbati and prima Sabbati, the first from the Sabbath. " ( Hence Quakers etc talked of ' First Day ' ' Third Month ' ' 1700th year ' etc to avoid using pagan names of the days of the week and month, or the king's name to date the year as ' the third year of the reign of Wayne ' etc )


A feria on the Roman calendar is a "free day", that is, a day in which no work was done. No court sessions were held, nor was any public business conducted. Employees were entitled to a day off, and even slaves were not obliged to work. These days were codified into a system of legal public holidays, the feriae publicae, which could be

stativae, "stationary, fixed", holidays which recurred on the same date each year;

conceptivae, recurring holidays for which the date depended on some other factor, usually the agrarian cycle. They included Compitalia, Paganalia, Sementivae and Latinae (compare the moveable Christian holiday of Easter);

imperativae, one-off holidays ordered to mark a special occasion, established with an act of auctority of a magistrate.

In the Christian Roman Rite a feria is a weekday on which the faithful are required to attend Mass. The custom throughout Europe of holding markets on the same day gave rise to the word "fair" (Spanish Feria, Italian Fiera).


The whole point about the overthrow of the Bastille, which might have been entirely peaceful had not somebody made a hash of it being handed over, was that people were incarcerated in it by ' lettres de cachet ' - there was no rule of law because the monarchy and aristocracy held themselves to be above it and just stuck people into the Bastille without trial or even anyone knowing that they had been carted off there to be left to rot without benefit of ' habeus corpus ' or even water, food or clothing : in reality, on the day the Bastille was finally stormed - and The People started to tear it down with their bare hands - there were very few prisoners : it was a political myth ?


Never the less, people felt that they had tasted Liberty, felt a lot of Fraternity and began to believe in Equality too so they all donned woolly hats, many of them reddish and made in Monmouthshire, Wales, as we are possibly misled to believe, and danced around a bit before falling over dead drunk - only to wake up in the morning to find that it was all but a dream ...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pileus_(hat) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrygian_cap


( doesn't want to display - ? ) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sansculottes.jpg

Sansculottes [Public domain], by Costumes of all nations : 123 plates, containing over 1500 coloured costume pictures by the first Munich artists., from Wikimedia Commons
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sO i WondeRED ugh .. ANY pix of Bastille Day in London where the ex-pat French pump it up a bit over there - besides the Houreau Henri's ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUzcUbHK0fY ... is that really all London ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9husSs424TM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E87qxOdaSs ( shove the bayonets - just think of the Nazi collaborators who banned Bastille Day ... you have just gotta sing about it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTsg9i6lvqU )

[ La Marseillaise is a song laced with violence and so best left for small children to sing who can still make it sound quite charming - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIzzugI7Tdo ]

.. I had better avoid that short cut to the object of my subject ... not Edith Piaf ... nor are this lot ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZjIrRj1G2s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F52zeUuBjB8 - THEY NEVER INVITE ME & I DON'T EVEN GET TO HOLD A SPARKLER - EVER - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl09tx_2QVs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rem5bcyGQuY - SEE ? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG4ZdWik8GQ - Comperondaiz fouz nawr ?


So what is going on in London this year for Bastille Day ? - I can't see anything reported about Battersea and the bit in the Borough seems to be it ? - http://www.bastillefestival.co.uk/


Bankside, 13th June 2014 – For the seventh year running, Bankside and Borough Market are hosting London’s largest free Bastille Day Festival to celebrate France’s national day with an extravaganza of all things French. The party starts a day early on Sunday 13th July in and around the beautiful surroundings of London’s historic food market, Borough Market.


http://londonist.com/2013/07/bastille.php - A Tour Of French London For Bastille Day - 9 JULY 2013

Rimbaud and Verlaine - 8 Royal College Street, NW1

" The 19th century was a time of enormous creativity in France, but censorship and political turmoil meant that many artists and writers too keen to speak their minds were forced into exile. Naturally, more than a few ended up in London, including the great poètes maudits Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, who lived in extreme poverty at this seedy Camden address in the early 1870s. Alcohol and arguments seem to have taken up most of their time, but it was here that Rimbaud allegedly began work on his masterpiece, A Season in Hell. If you’ve ever spent the winter in an unheated north London bedsit, you’ll see why he chose the title. ... “It's very lively,” Rimbaud wrote. “You’d think you were in Brussels.” Mrs Alexander Smith was their landlady in what was then Great College Street, where they stayed in two very small rooms at the top of the house. It was in those rooms that the strains of their relationship finally became insupportable."
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bastille Day in Wales : Y Dydd Rhydd - " The Free Day " upon which to forget having to continually make the arguments for the Republic in Wales and to take the time to meet our friends and for but a few hours to be the Republic in Wales, to make it happen and to materialise it - to cease being the Friends of the People and to simply be people who are friends and can enjoy a good meal together : if you ever wanted to know what the Republic in Wales looks like, it is like this -

( dinner )

- so I pulled on my old blue suit and decked out that faded blue shirt with my even older white tie and sat back with a good glass of red beneath the ' wrong ' tricoloure ... not the red, white and blue which was erected at the centre of La Fête de la Fédération in 1790, a celebration of the culmination of a peaceful year of political reforms - so civilised, so European in contrast to those rude American colonials whose revolution had been founded in a bloody war of independence ... La Fête de la Fédération however was organised to commemorate the storming of the Bastille which had led to the end of the Ancieme Regime being to hold itself above the rule of law : the Bastille was a notorious prison where those who had offended the Hierarchy and Aristocracy languished for decades without trial, without even their friends and families ever knowing for sure where they had been spirited away to, after they had been " disappeared " in the night by order of Lettres de Cachet obtained from the Monarchy ... which of course still exist in the 21c in United Kingdom, although of course they are pretended to be something else now ...

( old blue suit )

... I didn't take it along to Pierre's, but that red, white and green trilliw that I favour is derived from this first flag of the French Republic which was declared in 1792 when this period of peaceful political reform by mutual consent and cooperation, the actual French Revolution, was finally and utterly ended when the Hierarchy, Aristocracy and Monarchy turned to plead with foreign powers to restore their privileges by violence i.e. they betrayed their country and committed treason - which is why the Democrats then turned upon them with such savagery in trying to deter others with terror : the new Republic of France was besieged by enemies from within and without, and their most dangerous enemy was the United Kingdom whose Monarchy and Aristocrats were eager to seize profitable French colonies and to trade and whose Hierarchy wanted to plant them with Protestants to preach the sanctity of owning slaves to work the Caribbean plantations ...

( French euro )

... the only trouble with the plans of the United Kingdom were their own Democrats who had been pressing exactly the same case for the rule of law, and who had started waving around either the red, white and blue tricoloure or a modified version of it - the red, white and green. Green was substituted for blue for several reasons : the French Democrats like every other Democrat in Europe had originally used green to signify ' The People ' and before 1789 had decorated their protests with greenery stripped from the hedgerows, but the storming of the Bastille was enabled by the French soldiery changing sides and their uniforms were blue with a red sash. Thus blue became the colour of Liberty, red the colour of their blood given up in Fraternity to the People : white came from the King's own flag, when La Fayette ( who presided over La Fête de la Fédération a year later in 1790 ) planted the royal colour between the red and blue in declaring the Equality of all and making the promise of peace through ' parlez ' ( ignore the jokes about parlez in Pirates of the Caribbean - please ! - it was a serious matter.)

[ ... I actually went to bed early when I got home, but I was woken up by a phone call ... which I'll take to have been a Bastille Day greeting ... now why bother to stake me out on Y Dydd Rhydd ? ... I'll write again tomorrow ... and post photos for those who imagine dinner parties to be conspiracies ... ]
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I did eventually retrieve some of those photos from the damaged card - I will try to get around to creating files to support their publication here ... maybe )
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