english riot

It’s a tv show that lost funding,
half way through,
all the characters in their universes
with untied ends.
like running out of steam, collapsing at the finish line,
like super glue, attached to fantasy.
so write me a season finale or
something better than this
purgatory.
something has died for I’m haunted
by parallel reality and
what could’ve been,
what should’ve been.
Please,
don’t end here, now
where my motivations are cloudy
determination tied with rope,
and cast with an old rusted anchor
and thrown in a river bed
to drown.
—  lost
Half Time

Full of tired dragging 
along half of myself
in a silent stroke
giving half smiles
half eyes
half ears
half effort
force frustrating
us against the world
against anger paralysis’s
indecisive struggling
accumulating in a clock circle
meeting us
in the same place
at the same time
in the same round
with a strong face
and a thread bare strap
that just about makes it
ticking a loud sound
holding you all accountable
for all of the cracks
breaking all of the bones
in the nonsense
of a perfect world. 

Wingless Words Hayley Frances
theguardian.com
Trump state visit delayed on account of a slight teensy weensy likelihood of protests.

Fuck off, fascist Wotsit. We’re British.

What’s in a language?

Did you know India intended to phase out English as an official language? In its original constitution, written in 1950, it has that English would be phased out as a national language in 1965 in favor of Hindi. The Official Language Act of 1963 allowed English to continue to be used at least for a time.

When in 1964 proposals were made at the national government to begin phasing out English, there were riots. States whose official languages did not include Hindi, in particular those states whose Dravidian languages were unrelated to Hindi, did not want to be forced to switch. The Official Language Act was amended in 1967 so that English would be replaced only with the consent of every single State where Hindi was not an official language. That has not happened. Today, all national government laws and statutes, and all works of the Indian Supreme Court, are published in English.

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February 10th 1355: St. Scholastica Day riot

On this day in 1355, the St. Scholastica Day riot began in Oxford, England. The altercation began when two Oxford University students, who were drinking at the Swindlestock Tavern, complained to the landlord about the wine. Harsh words were exchanged, and eventually descended into physical violence when one student threw a tankard at the man. The situation swiftly escalated, and both the local townsmen and University students were summoned to arms by the ringing of a church bell, and battle began in the streets of Oxford. The Mayor rode to the countryside to gather the support of countrymen, who broke into academic buildings and murdered students and scholars. The riot continued for two days, ultimately leaving over sixty students and thirty townsmen dead. King Edward III’s investigation into the incident favoured the University, continuing a trend of the monarch supporting the University over the townspeople. It was ordered for the event to be commemorated annually, with the Mayor of Oxford and his bailiffs to pledge an oath to the university and pay sixty-three pence - one for every scholar killed. The ceremony was largely seen as a humiliation of the Mayor by the privileged elite of the university, meaning that tensions remained high between ‘town and gown’. The townspeople frequently protested at the penance, which eventually ceased in 1825 when one mayor refused to go through with the ceremony. In 1955, on the 600th anniversary of the riot, the Vice-Chancellor conferred an honorary degree on the Mayor, and the Mayor made the Vice-Chancellor a Freeman at the Town Hall. This was an attempt at reconciliation of two sides who had been in conflict for hundreds of years.

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Venezuela is living a delicate moment in its history.

People don’t want president Maduro to rule anymore, and they neither like its socialism ideals. Therefore they are protesting in the streets, peacefully.

Of course Maduro and his cabinet want to stay in the power and are using violent ways against the protesters. In the past week there has been over 40 people killed in this protest.

The internet is the only way Venezuelans can inform the rest if the world what’s happening here, because the tv national medias are banned.

We are people with stones fighting against bullets! This is genocide, WE NEED HELP!

Αθήνα 20/12/2013: Αστυνομικός των ΜΑΤ έχει πάρει λίγα πορτοκάλια για το σπίτι από αυτά που πέταξαν εναντίον της διμοιρίας του αγρότες από την Κρήτη.

Φωτογραφία: Παναγιώτης Τζάμαρος (fosphotos)