May Sunday

In Animals, Artists, Food, Fun, Games, Hautvoir, Local projects, Music, news coverage, Revision, Sundays on May 1, 2016 at 7:47 am

When I left off as cook’s helper last night at Brigade Papilles (translation: The Tastebud Brigade), the men had set up the apéro section for today’s event, and started on the dining hall. I hope they leave the banners from Les Plasticiens Volants‘ production of Little Nemo in Slumberland. What about the models for the giant balloon figures, I asked. With some seventy people in the hall at lunch time, don’t they risk getting damaged or stolen? Nobody seemed concerned. I assume they have their reasons.

Fine weather, although chilly for an outdoor May 1st celebration and fund raiser for RESF (Réseau Education sans frontières). No chillier than marching with banners while chanting El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido. Healthier too, given the tear gas and truncheon doctrine of the present authorities. A never-ending spiral. With cameras on both sides of the demonstrations, Facebook provides opportunities for compilations of the worst excesses. Anger builds and the scenes  become as senseless as watching opposing bunches of primates hooting insults, hurling rocks, kicking and dragging one another. Human primates have the advantage, if you will, of tear gas, water cannons and plastic bullets, molotov cocktails… and the list goes on. As for all-out war, I’ll pass on singing All we are saying is Give Peace a Chance. I doubt weapons manufacturers keep the song on their playlist – unless they have a peculiar sense of humor.

Théâtre du Rugissant leaves for a final residence this week, before the opening of its new show. School holidays end. A court decision should land tomorrow or Tuesday concerning three of the four young men from Mali awaiting news on their fate. In my personal world, reading, writing and revision get tucked into the days, like special treats squirreled away. But last  night was straight to Slumberland, and tonight promises an exhausted collapse into bed.

The dog? Left off the leash for a few minutes, she managed to scarf garbage again this morning. The ongoing head-scratcher:  how to keep a dog healthy in a filthy environment.



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