Veteran says remembrance abused for war propaganda

This music video from Britain is called Siouxsie & The BansheesPoppy Day‘; John Peel session version.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Old soldier warns poppy being devalued

Sunday 11 November 2012

The real message of the red poppy and remembrance day is being lost, according to a former SAS soldier.

Veterans for Peace UK organiser Ben Griffin told the Wales on Sunday newspaper that the run-up to today’s commemoration had become a “month-long drum roll of support for current wars.”

Mr Griffin served eight years in the parachute regiment before quitting on moral grounds and and is now a London ambulance driver.

He said: “War is nothing like a John Wayne movie. There is nothing heroic about being blown up in a vehicle, there is nothing heroic about being shot in an ambush and there is nothing heroic about the deaths of countless civilians.

“Calling our soldiers heroes is an attempt to stifle criticism of the wars we are fighting in.

“It leads us to that most subtle piece of propaganda: You might not support the war but you must support our heroes, ergo you support the war.”

Botanical garden ducks and blackbird

This morning, after the birds of the old university library, to the botanical garden.

Mallards and sculpture, 11 November 2012

In the pond, there is a sculpture of a duck. This morning, that work of art attracts a female and a male living mallard duck.

Ring-necked parakeets call.

Japanese garden, 11 November 2012

There is a Japanese garden as part of the garden, in memory of famous nineteenth-century Japanologist Philipp Franz von Siebold.

Blackbird female, 11 November 2012

A female blackbird enjoys fruit there.

Japanese garden with Von Siebold bust, 11 November 2012

Now in late autumn, still beautifully coloured leaves.

Japanese garden leaves, 11 November 2012

As we go back, two adult coots swim in the canal. They have a juvenile with them: almost as big as its parents now, but still greyish, not black like them. This is late in the year. Let us hope that this young coot will survive the winter.

Siskins and redwings

Siskins, 11 November 2012

This morning, to the old university library. Someone had seen a Bohemian waxwing in the garden there. In the trees opposite the garden, a group of male and female siskins.

Siskin, 11 November 2012

They flew away. Just one bird stayed.

Soon, that last siskin flew away as well.

Redwing eating, 11 November 2012

Then, a redwing in one of the trees.

Song thrush and berries, 11 November 2012

Every now and then, redwings flying from the trees to the garden, to eat berries. A song thrush there as well.

Male blackbird and berries, 11 November 2012

Male and female blackbirds liked the berries too.

This morning, no Bohemian waxwings here.