Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
This was to commemorate three Levellers that were executed on Oliver Cromwell’s orders in Burford churchyard, Oxfordshire in 1649.
"During the Civil War, the Levellers fought on Parliament’s side, they had at first seen Cromwell as a liberator, but now saw him as a dictator. They were prepared to fight against him for their ideals and he was determined to crush them. Over 300 of them were captured by Cromwell’s troops and locked up in Burford church. Three were led out into the churchyard to be shot as ringleaders. In 1975, members of the WEA Oxford Industrial Branch went to Burford to reclaim a piece of history that seemed to be missing from the school books. They held a meeting in remembrance of the Leveller soldiers. The following year, Tony Benn came and read in the church and in each succeeding year, people have come to Burford on the Saturday nearest to 17 May, debated, held a procession, listened to music and remembered the Levellers and the importance of holding on to ideals of justice and democracy."
A lovely event, blessed with glorious sunshine, so after the parade, our new thing was strolling around the beautiful village of Burford and visiting the Cotswold Arms. The other new thing was ahem, watching Die Hard for the very first time ever. Cough Cough.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Levs came on to 100 Years of Solitude followed by A Life Less Ordinary, Burn America Burn, Outside/Inside, Together All the Way, Exodus, Before the End, Three Friends, Too Real, Prisoner, Men-an-Tol, World Freakshow, Carry Me, Forgotten Ground (I requested this and leapt like a maniac for this! Not sure whether they played it because I asked for it, but very, very happy to hear it!), Barrel of a Gun (with its fab new intro), Come On, Cholera Well and then Beautiful Day, Dirty Daveyand the incredible Devil Went Down to Georgia. Amazing night as ever!