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Heavy Rock and War Remembrance Photos

With Remembrance Sunday in the U.K. around the corner I thought it was a good time to post this rock and war blog that has remained in the Greenygrey vaults for about a month.

Rock And War

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head of Greenygrey creation, and specialist in photography like my human parallel Baron Wolman. Rock music has usually been used to protest against war, and Pink Floyd have been at the forefront of criticising unnecessary wars.

This is mostly because Roger Waters lost his father in World War Two. This greenygrey photo posted on Google+ by Seth Meister shows Waters recently visiting his father’s memorial in Italy to honour his father.

Roger Waters Memorial Photo

RW at father's graveside

Judas Priest have a song called War, as well as one called Breaking the Law.

Around the same time as the above Roger Waters photo surfaced, Planet Rock on Facebook posted the photo below of their singer Rob Halford camouflaging himself nicely against the window and bushes for his war with the lawn.

Rob Halford Gardening Photo

Perhaps the most famous and best rock protest song is Black Sabbath’s War Pigswhich criticised the hierarchy who create and perpetuate wars for their own personal gain, whether for their egos and place in history, or financial gain.

World War One, or the Great War as it is also known, is probably the biggest example of this in Britain. Here’s some of the War Pigs lyrics from the Cheezburger website, with half a greenygrey.

Black Sabbath War Pigs

War Pigs-Black Sabbath

Some wars are necessary, and some provide people and animals the chance to become heroes. Many people desire the opportunity to be heroes, while others are reluctant ones.

This is natural, and especially when movies and media glamourise war. The Greenygrey isn’t against that, and there’s enough ‘reality’ out there to balance it, although most people won’t see it, and won’t want to.

World War Two was probably the most necessary war for Britain. The U.S.A. joined in, played a major role, and then made some great movies about it. One of the best, and perhaps THE best, was The Great Escape.

Steve McQueen played the cool American in that, and we were delighted to see that greenygrey played a big part below him… and behind him!

Steve McQueen Great Escape Photo

Photo: Liz Barnes wants this.....

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The Sun Falklands Letter to Argentina Inspiration?

Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, newshound at Greenygrey News (GNN), probably Britain’s most trusted public service news organisation.

Typical Falklands Road!
Typical Falklands Road! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sun Letter about the Falklands Islands 

Argentina recently posted letter-advertisements claimed sovereignty over the Falklands Islands in British newspapers. Today, Britain’s The Sun newspaper retaliated with a letter in the Buenos Aires Herald to Argentina’s President Kirchner telling her that the Falklands have been British since before the Republic of Argentina was even created.

Pink Floyd
Cover of Pink Floyd

At Greenygrey News we think this mirrors Marc Latham’s comment on Planet Rock back in March 2012, after the Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters had declared support for Argentine sovereignty over the Falklands, as he considered Britain colonial for being there. Latham’s assertion would mean that Waters is suffering from Bridge on the River Kwai Syndrome.

Argentina Created Out of Colonialism 

Indian Flute
Indian Flute (Photo credit: agelakis)

Latham argued that Argentina was hypocritical calling Britain colonial when their country was created out of colonialism:

Marc LathamMar 1st 2012 1:40PM
Argentina is colonialism: Spanish colonialism. The indigenous people have been treated abominably in Latin America, and still are being in some places. Some British people can’t see further than Britain. Give Argentina back to the native people, and let the people on the Falklands decide what they want to be.

Did Latham’s comment inspire The Sun‘s line of argument? We’ll probably never know; we just report the news…

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Armistice Week Poem

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem interprets the cover of the new Doris Brendel album, The Last Adventure. 

Without hearing the lyrics of the album, or reading any of Brendel’s explanations, the image reminded Marc of Pink Floyd‘s Vera song, so he interpeted it from that perspective within the Folding Mirror form.

Vera Lynn a Female Churchill

Vera Lynn was a heroine in World War Two, travelling to entertain troops around the world, despite the grave danger to herself.  She was perhaps the female Churchill, in terms of raising spirits and keeping the country motivated during the terrible times it was suffering.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Personal Loss

However, Lynn’s song lyrics that We’ll Meet Again of course didn’t always come true, in mortality at least, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters lost his father in the war.  So, he sang from the loss point of view on The Wall album.

In Afghanistan, British forces are now fighting their deadliest and most justifiable conflict since World War Two against Al-Quaeda and the Taliban.  Many service people have lost their lives trying to improve conditions for ordinary Afghan people, and at the same time defending Britain from further terrorist attacks.   

Whether their lives have been wasted, as so many British lives were in World War One, or if they will have made a difference, like in World War Two, ultimately depends on the politicians involved.

Armistice Day is this Thursday, November 11.  Remembrance Sunday is on November 14.

Poem Explanation

The folding middle line appears at the top of the poem, with the two halves below it in a timeline, which is another first for the Folding Mirror form.

Vera, Pink Floyd, Doris