The politics of slaughter

A clear summer’s evening in Cardiff¬†earlier this year provided the backdrop to centenary commemorations of the start of the Battle of the Somme


So, it was fitting that another field, that of the¬†Cardiff City Stadium, fell silent for a minute in memory of the ending of the colossal loss of life…


Thus began another epitome of futile gestures! As generals stand on the sidelines, barking orders for younger men to throw themselves forward in attack. All who bore witness had nothing less in mind than slaughter of the opposition.

With all guns blazing, there was little to separate the two sides as the time arrived for the site of battle to fall silent…



As the respective generals present their politician-styled banalities dressed up as post-match punditry, the locals claim the bragging rights from a Cardiff City 3 Huddersfield Town 2 victory.



Until we speak again, it might be useful to take a leaf out of Bella’s studied approach to political reportage.

The Somme Remembered

Got my papers

Nobody is left to remember that surge of enthusiasm for signing up to go to war in the teenage years of the 20th century. Here was Bella not looking overly enthusiastic about her signing up papers.

Who would want to relive the experience of the morning of 1st July 1916, at the Somme, looking up over those trenches in readiness to run headlong into a field of bullets. Juno always had that look that suggested the trench was a safer place to be…




So, it is with great poignance that this historic anniversary of carnage is remembered in Cardiff Bay, with the establishment of a memorial entitled simply ‘Field‘. No other words can convey the intensity of meaning, the Welsh National Opera banner and the visual representation of the installation say it all…

The Field [3]

The Field [1]

The Field [4]

The Field [5]