It was suggested we could try and get some big speakers, and maybe have an action, re-enactment or some such to make it more than just talk?
Benefit [gig] –those involved in the band and contacting venues will get on with it.
We have a Blog set up, at http://therealww1.wordpress.com [which includes an extensive reading list under various headings related to alternative takes on the history of the war.] Contributions welcome:
articles, posts, news, etc can be sent to our new email address for this (London) group,
firstname.lastname@example.org; all correspondence for the London group can now also be sent here.
(Bristol Remembering the Real World War 1 have also set up a blog:
A general introductory leaflet to explain what we are/do/think is to be drafted.
Images for propaganda, stickers, posters, etc.
More work needs doing on ideas for a group logo based around [subverting] the traditional
poppy emblem, and further suggestions are being considered.
from ex-WW1 servicemen. Some of these included:
“It was such a complete waste of lives.” (George Charles)
“The Great War was a lot of bloody political bull.”
“War is nothing better than legalized mass murder.” (Harry Patch)
“11 November is just show business. Armistice Day is nothing but a show of
military forces.” (Harry Patch)
(All the speakers being ex-WW1 veterans).
1. Xmas football match: [some kind of international anti-war match]. The official match (with premiership involvement) is a week before Xmas. Any alternative spectacle around it might get some publicity.
2. Cenotaph November 2014: This is going to be one of the most high profile official events …
Alternatively, there was mention of an original Cenotaph in East London, which was part of the earliest plans for commemorating Armistice Day, that came from grassroots, and was then co-opted by government. Or is there another alternative venue?
East London Suffragette Festival: Some people are putting on an event in August 2014 to remember the East London Federation of Suffragettes [centenary], one of the most prominent groups to oppose the war (amongst much other ground-breaking activity). This is an event we’d definitely want to support...
Thurs 20th February
Time 7.30 p.m.