Thursday, May 01, 2014

                              Happy May Day!

What images come to mind when you picture May Day celebrations?

The May Pole, Morris Dancers, a sunny day and a fete with lots of happy people enjoying the celebration or...

A public holiday for workers with the slogan of eight hours work, eight hours rest and eight hours for what you will. Yet another image comes to mind...

The Russian celebration of May Day has become Victory Day celebrated on May 9th, the anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War in 1945. The last image has taken on a new meaning however with the shenanigans in the Ukraine and Putin's desire to 'reclaim' Russia's borders pre the breakup of the Soviet Union. I think I will celebrate the first two images today although I shall celebrate with a cup of coffee and cake, preferring to use sabres to cut cakes as opposed to rattling them from my comfortable armchair. Ho hum... do human beings ever learn from past mistakes?


Blogger Bill Sticker said...

Humans learn from past mistakes? On the whole, I'd say no. Although the Russki's are voicing concern over what they see as a Nazi type threat from Europe. Vlad and pals have even gone so far as to make glorifying Nazism a crime in Russia.

6:49 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

I have to agree as a quick perusal of history provides evidence of failure to learn from history. Apart from storing up hatred to pass on to future generations.

11:54 am  

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