Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Post-revolution Tunisia sights & sounds, Sousse Jan 2013 (playlist)



Post-revolution Tunisia sights & sounds, Sousse Jan 2013

A video playlist of a selection of sights and sound Heather and I captured while in and around the Tunisian coastal town of Sousse early in 2013.

The idea behind the phrase "When in Rome...", was never more apt than opting to travel as the locals do when visiting foriegn shores. Travelling by the popular form of public transport, the louage, was one such experience.

Young boy in Sousse, Tunisia
On the streets of Sousse in Tunisia 2013

Soaking up the atmosphere, while taking refreshment at a cafe, (in this case in Sousse) watching the world go by, is a simple pleasure, perhaps all too often neglected when holidaying,

Our holidays are often more about sea and sun; we like to get out and about and see what is going in people's lives on the streets. Tunisia recently underwent a revolution, the undlerlying political tensions sometimes bubble to the surface. Seeing the manner in which the Police on the street react to these situations can give you a feel for how those in control wield their power.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ormskirk Walk of Witness Good Friday Videos 2013



Ormskirk Walk of Witness Good Friday Videos 2013

Good Friday on 29th March 2013 and Christians from the different denominations in Ormskirk come together to carry out the Walk of Witness.

What is a "Walk of Witness"?

Well according to walkofwitness.co.uk "Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Good Friday, in every Town and City in our land, there was a walk of witness to the Cross and the Saving Power of Christ?  The centrality of the Cross and the celebration of the Good Friday message accross the denominations, provide the opportunity for a united witness to the people of our nation.  The times demand and our nation requires a strong and ongoing witness to the Christian belief.  Many towns and villages already hold walks or marches of witness.

Ormskirk Good Friday 2013 Walk of Witness Service
Ormskirk Good Friday 2013 Walk of Witness Service
Clergy and congregation members of all the Churches in Ormskirk were represented at the service held by the clock tower in the centre of town.  Prayers and hymns in the centre of town are not a daily fixture and the sight and sounds of the service caught the interest of many towns folk passing by, doing their shopping, enjoying a day off in the Spring sunshine.

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Tunisia talk with ex Ben Ali prisoner حميد عبايدية Ennahda حركة النهضة



Tunisia talk with ex Ben Ali prisoner 

The interview starts around 55 seconds.  I interview the author and former political prisoner Hamid Obaidia in Souse on the 13th January 2013 during a commemoration of the second anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution.  During our chat, I ask if the Ennahda Government is a government for all the Tunisian people, the answer was a definite, yes!

Recent events in Tunisia, are very unsetttling for the Tunisian people.  The assassination of Chokri Belaid, an opposition party leader, by extremists, has placed the country in turmoil.

However, it is difficult to gauge, looking in from the outside, if the trouble in Tunis is a problem confined to the metropolitan area, or if it will spread to the outlaying areas.

Ennahda Political Rally
Hamid was imprisoned for ten years. The interview is in French, the shared language of us both.  I'm sorry for my poor French, but I hope you comprehend the gist of our conversation.

I ask Hamid why he was imprisoned, his thoughts on the political situation in Tunisia and if the Ennahda Islamic Government was a governemnt for all the Tunisian people or just its supporters.

Hamid' book is في القلب جمرة a novel "Cinder Heart" or "Heart of Embers" (I couldn't quite work out the translation)  If you are an Arabic speaker please feel free to correct my translation in the comments.

The video interview was recorded just before the start of a Ennahda Movement حركة النهضة  سوسة (a moderate Islamic political party) meeting / rally in Sousse Tunisia 13th January 2013.

This political rally was held to commemorate the second anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.  The photos on the boards are of some young men from the Souuse Governate  "martyred" during the rebellion against the dictatorship; the first revolution of the Arab Spring.

The Ennahda Mouvement is a moderate Islamic Political Party, currently in government in Tunisia.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A video of one of our Freshfields Animal Rescue cats eating my wife's pony tail.



A video of our cute ginger cat Bunny, eating my wife's pony tail.

Bunny is one of our two pets; a domestic short hair, ginger and white pussy cat.  Bunny loves to play with laces, belts and very recently my wife's hair, specifically her pony tail.

Her sister is Piglet, a sweet little black cat who loves to box the cloth mouse hanging from a chair in the lounge.

Freshfields Animal Rescue
Freshfields Animal Rescue logo


We got both of our darling felines from the Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre outside Liverpool.


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