I’m back (I think)

I started this blog with good intentions (as do all bloggers), the main one being to keep it up-to-date. I didn’t. I just didn’t make the time each day to sit down and write. Not that there was nothing to write about. There’s always something to write about, sometimes too much actually. So I have decided to try again. And I will take the advice of our friends at WordPress and sometimes just put in a photograph or even a thought, however short. Just to keep things flowing.

Today I would like to include the words of Victor Jara, the Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter and political activist. Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, he was arrested along with thousands of others and held in the Chile Stadium (renamed the Estadia Victor Jara in 2003). While there, he was brutally tortured, his tormentors smashing his hands so that he could no longer play the guitar. Finally, after days in the stadium, he was shot and killed and his body thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. A post-mortem revealed that there were 44 bullets in his body. The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle for human rights and justice across Latin America and the world (from Wikipedia).

One of the songs written by Victor Jara was Cuando voy al trabajo, which was dedicated to his partner, Joan. The words from this song that I want to reproduce are these:

“Working at the beginning of a story without knowing the end.”

That’s how life is. We do things today with no real knowledge of what tomorrow will bring, what the fruits of our efforts will be. That’s how it is working in Yeoville Bellevue. We are working for a future which will inevitably take on shapes and forms that we could not and would not have foreseen. Whether these will be good or bad is impossible to say right now. But we continue. We have to. We will try and anticipate that future through consultation and planning and we will try and ensure the best possible result. But the reality of uncertainty is it may turn out completely differently. That’s no reason not to carry on.

“Working at the beginning of a story without knowing the end.”

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