Who’s telling the story?

Every stories has a view point and is told from a particular point of view. This is just as true for fiction, history and news stories. The  attitudes, situations and themes which are presented can be quite different depending on who is telling the story or who is authorising the telling of that story. This can, and does, reinforce norms.

It’s a truism that history is written by the winners, but history can also be re-interpreted to push an agenda. The centenary of the First World War is an example of this.

My friend, Steve O’Donoghue, wrote this song about the first world war and it was used by No Glory as part of their campaign to mark one hundred years since the battle of the Somme. It was arranged by my husband, Russ Chandler, with assistance from other Walthamstow musicians.

I wrote this piece a few years ago and it was the last major piece of work I did as an astrologer. I include it here because it focuses on agenda, points of view ¬†and how material is presented. Just read round the astrology if it’s not your thing. The Carter Memorial Lecture is a keynote presentation which was also my swansong.