Thursday, 14 June 2012

Bringing on back the good times

I try to drink in moderation and these days I'm pretty choosy about where I do it. Not for me Wetherspoons, 'Sports bars' etc. I try to go for CAMRA approved free houses - that are big on local brews and where TVs are frowned upon...but also where a sing-song and a fiddle or two are welcomed.

A while ago I posted regarding the Sun Inn in Herefordshire, England - A traditional 'parlour pub', one of only a handful left, although thousands were to be found in the Victorian era. Cultural revival is a very good thing - a tribalist recovery kit. Aspects of our heritage, almost extinguished by global monoculture (or simply through the passage of time and social neglect) deserve enthusiastic and caring souls to blow on the embers and breathe new life into them. Cultural revivalists deserve a medal for repairing our connections with our collective tribal pasts...restoring and renovating our heritage and historical identity. This, to degree, happened with morris dancing and folk music in England. Well now it looks like it just might happen with the parlour pub: A Mr. Bryan Jones in Leominster, earlier this year intended to open an authentic parlour pub there. By all accounts it sounds like it's going to be a cracker! A place where nobody stares at a screen or has to shout over MTV to be heard...a place for community, and most importantly, one placed in tribal roots.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Sons (and daughters) of Oswald arise

Back in this post from last December, I expressed my hope for a more visible regionalist movement in Britain, Northumbria included. While browsing the Electoral Commission's website this week, I was pleased to see the Northumbria Party as fully registered. Now I can see my dislike of social networking sites is sometimes unfounded, as the Party has a lively Facebook page. Ol' Berrocscir is over the moon to see they plan to field candidates in forthcoming elections. They stop short of a call for independence, but strong regionalist movements are a welcome addition in the anti-globalist resistance! Looking around, there are a number of blogs championing the land of King Oswald, so lets hope Northumbrian consciousness continues to grow as a consequence.

...and Penda

I also note the Mercian Party has re-registered. By their own admission, things have been tough for them of late, but just the act of re-registering shows their commitment to the regionalist cause. I wish them better fortune in future.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Tribal autonomy is solution in Azawad

No pun intended, but the shotgun wedding of the MNLA and Ansar Dine seems to be off again. It is interesting to note that the two factions reportedly consist of different Tuareg clans - so, not to sound frivolous, it's a bit like the Geordies and Scousers falling out with the Brummies and Wessex boys in England. Clearly those of us who recognise the right of all peoples to self-determination all want to see the establishment of a new sovereign state in Azawad. But there needs to be talks - a federal solution based on a decentralised tribal-political order. And not just for the majority Tuaregs and their sub-groups, but for all the minority groups. National Anarchists want to see maximum tribal autonomy, and maybe, just maybe, we will start seeing this process in Azawad. We should continue to watch closely.