in 1950s when i was training to be a teacher there was a big divide.. some staff -religious thought we were going into the world to gentle the masses others were inspiring us to educate the people. its going on now too under the guise of defusing racism SCARY SEEING it -GENTLING THE MASSES AGAIN did it ever stop ?
Was Stephen Spender part of this CIA funded cultural cold war or just a useful idiot - published in 1978 see - The Thirties and After . Poetry politics and people 1933-75 ... i tried to discuss this in the 1980s at public meetings and with individuals But it was an a thankless task . Men were especially defensive and abusive... lots of sexism and misogyny in those days - more to come . with academics and with ordinary people it was a miserable task
at teacher training college in matlock derbyshire the push toward abstraction began , the drip painting of jackson pollack and the single colour canvases of rothko were beginning to be supported and influencial.These artists when younger pained social realist work expressing american life in post offices and other civic buildings .
Books of interest - 1 who paid the piper the cia & abstract art by frqances stopnor saunders pub in 1999
we could all see the military cold war ....the cultural cold war was under the radar I was a victim and a warrior in the cultural cold war ....it hit me in 1959 when i was doing a third year of my teacher training ..long story with many dramas .see some on our family site www.birdchildsandgoldsmith.com janice my cousin and iImade this over ten years....i will write more
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER UN WOMENS CONFERENCE The last one was in Beijing in 1995,the previous three were in helsinki ,nairobi and mexico. if our agenda had been implemented . It would have been a new world...i went from Borth west wales by train through nine countries 11vb if we include England and Wales ..nine city stopovers
programme just finished on R4 about how womens international league for peace and freedom members helped dicover vitamens to traet the starving malnourished children after WW1.. whilst the bmen were sorting out the borders of new countries.... wilpf - worth a google -
women you are more powerful than you think
JUST BEEN IN ATTIC AND FOUND A COLLAGE FROM THE Scarborough era 1968-74 its a view from the Holbeck clock tower on the S cliff of a local boat race with Scarborough castle in the distance , a dark looming sky and bright sun on the boats...we used to sail with our local dentist . and i painted portraits of the local consultants three daughters and clem beer artist and teachers children...
The very dangerous TRUMP is unravelling the peace treaty by Reagan and Gorbachev from 1987 which was partly the work of the greenham protest and the broader peace movement who made great sacrifices in the 1980s in their campaigning for peace, masses out on the streets , blockading US bases , going to prison ,giving up jobs selling homes ...etc there are films , plays and books and more being made about our campaigning for peace ...
Have these sites to outreach and work on over the winter http://hamishcampbell.com/index.php/2
Retired peace and environmental campaigners
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