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ENCORE... We’ll tell you more April 2019.

 

Dear Friends, Rhodies and Countrymen,

Dear Friends, Rhodies and Countrymen,


Thank you all for your support at VAL-The Whiskey Train reconciliation event was fabulous, is growing in size and numbers year by year, why? because “History Matters”. More and more people and especially young folk are becoming interested in the past, because of the exposure to the historical songs John Edmond has written and is writing to create awareness. The Historical Societies all over the country are engaging and working tirelessly to ensure the past will be preserved for future generations.


“History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” - James Baldwin (1965).


Winston Churchill, perhaps, provides the most glaring example of this practice when he famously announced that “history will be kind to me as I intend to write it.” Listen to John Edmond’s song “Young Winston Churchill”.


Others have noticed the power of history to anticipate problems similar to those our forebears experienced in the past. Who is not familiar with George Santayana’s often quoted statement: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”? William Faulkner once observed: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”


In a world that never stops changing, and where people have busy schedules, it is only too common to overlook the importance of history or to reduce it to a mere school requirement or skill set for the job market. Our understanding of past events and phenomena inform policies, legislation, cures, attitudes, and many other aspects of life.


Become involved, aware and enjoy in sharing our past historical events.


DIARISE THESE DATES:- 5-7 APRIL AND JOIN JOHN EDMOND WITH HIS SONGS ON HISTORY AT KEDAR LODGE FOR A BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING AT THE PAUL KRUGER HOUSE Outside of Rustenburg.


John will be singing his song ”Uncle Paul” and other relevant historical songs. Note that among other things, Paul Kruger started The Kruger National Park! …


The guest speaker at Kedar lodge will be Dr Garth Benneyworth who will be speaking on the topic “The Myth of Black non-involvement in the South African War” - Visit their web site for detailed info and to make bookings
Many people think that The South African War of 1899-1902 was essentially a 'White mans' war, fought to determine which white authority had real power in South Africa but other populations groups like the Zulu, Xhosa, Swazis and Basotho and Sotho’s were also involved in the war. Although there was an unwritten agreement between the Boers and the British that Blacks would not be armed in the war, neither side adhered to this agreement. Listen to John’s song “I will lead your waggons” and come to Kedar Lodge and listen to Dr Bennyworth to get the real facts!


It is apparent that both sides would deny that armed Blacks served with them, each accusing the other of doing so.
But “what in the hell was it for”? A war in which many lives were sacrificed, no matter the colour or creed. For now… “We will remember them”!


See you there.
John and Teresa Edmond.

 

South African War Weekend

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