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America is back

And now to his own charioteer each man gave orders to hold his horses in place, in good order, there by the ditch, while they themselves, on foot, arrayed in their battle gear, charged. An unquenchable clamor filled the early morning as they got in line by the ditch ahead of their charioteers, who advanced a little behind them. This fearsome uproar was stirred up amongst them by Kronos’s son: from the heights of the airy sky he sent down raindrops dripping with blood, a sign of all the brave heads he’d soon dispatch to Hades.

The Iliad, Book 11, 47-55 [translated Peter Green, UCP, 2015]. Chosen at random.

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Speak up 2021

Black Lives Matter. The scream on the streets of America. The scream has circulated the world [within its media net]. In Australia it is also heard. People here ask why we have statutes and monuments to colonisers who were slave traders and murderers of Indigenous people. The King of Belgium is another target, with WA to rename a mountain range – once called Leopold. History is suddenly alive. I remember in Greenwich Park, London, bronze monuments to Generals I’d never heard of, astride horses usually. Churchill has been layered behind wood in Parliament Square, London, his racism exposed. It is about time the 19th and 20th centuries were excised, and the 21st liberated. Let Lives Speak, whatever colour.