Posted by: nickwardscenarios | November 22, 2013

Thirty Acts of Courage – Greenpeace 21/11/2013

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The view from my new Essex Rd (Islington) morning haunt just before 9am

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Yesterday morning I called into the Greenpeace HQ, Canonbury Villas, close by, hoping to have a chat about Greenpeace anti-fracking actions only to be told that most of the office staff were outside the Shell Building on the South Bank. So I hopped on the bike for the downhill ride to the Thames at Blackfriars.

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Didge

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Shell Building.

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To quote the Greenpeace flyer to this brilliant pop-up photographic show which appeared with no warning as the soul-destroying Shell employees were trailing into this massive edifice of planet-destroying capitalism:

‘These striking images are testament to the extraordinary bravery of these ordinary people. Gazprom playes a critical role in the illegal arrest and ongoing detention of the Arctic 30.

As Russia’s biggest company, its influence over the Arctic 3o’s fate is significant. Gazprom is relying on Shell to be its key partner in the Arctic, and so Shell wields considerable influence too.

Shell must do everything in its power to pressure Gazprom to use its influence to free the Arctic 30. We’re calling on Shell to break off its disastrous joint venture with Gazprom to drill in the Arctic.’

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This is Justin – charming musical Greenpeace worker who was my highly informed companion in the chill.

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The police wisely stayed away until around 3pm

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In all my theatre years I never saw such a well-drilled get-out

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All packed on to the truck in ten minutes flat

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leaving me with busker’s view of Thames as the sun sank into the chill factor

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  1. Rosemary and Rue

    I love your witchy wrinkles
    I love your crow’s feet eyes
    I love your perfect aging
    Does that take you by surprise?

    Does it mollify your anger?
    Does it satisfy your lust?
    Does it satiate your hunger?
    Does it percolate your trust?

    When the clouds have parted
    Midlife to old age
    And sunlight spreads the meadow grass
    Soft whiskers of a sage

    When passion and her soul mate
    Desire seems quite undone
    We’ll be planting oak trees
    And calling coppicing gôod fun

    We’ll be tending herbs and veggies
    As we’re reserrecting hedges
    And we’ll not rest until the work is done

    We’ll not forget these rainy days
    And all the lies which cut both ways
    I love your perfect aging
    Does that take you by surprise?

    We’ll honour all the lovers past
    With Rosemary and Rue
    We’ll laugh at all that made us weep
    Made us not one but two

    Nick Ward 3/2/2014

    First performed at Black Fen Folk Club, Cambridge, on 2/2/2014


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