Crazy Czech Country music by Ivan Mládek and his Banjo Band!!


R:Linda a Linda a Linda
nejradši marmeládu ze všech jídel má.
Tahleta Linda a Linda a Linda
za soudek marmelády cokoliv dá.
Říkám jí Lindo, ty moje holka upatlaná,
proč tvá pusa není aspoň jednou slaná?
Má milá Linda a Linda a Linda,
co dělat, marmeládu prostě ráda má.
R:Linda a Linda a Linda nejradši marmeládu


El martillo de las brujas

Poster película

“Y, si me hubiese equivocado en alguna ocasión, usted como ministro de Dios sabe muy bien que incluso los jueces somos instrumentos en las manos de Dios”, así afirma Boblig, abogado e inquisidor imperial, en su versión fílmica del año 1969, “Martillo de brujas”, en una conversación con el sacerdote católico Lautner, víctima de los procesos inquisitoriales en el norte de Moravia durante la década de 1670).

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Friends (Ireland – Last chapter)

Verónica, Michel, Magdalena, Lucka, Sean, Andreea, Ovidiu, Lisa, Lyon, Fran. Different abilities, amazing knowledges and languages, many languages! Without caring about nationality or religion or whatever social tags. I would say that it was as a “multi-culti salad” in the most literal sense.

I mean, it wasn’t of course harmonious in the peaceful way understood by a spiritual point of view as usual (I guess) in any work-camp but at least we behave team-mates recovering an abandoned place (remember that there had been functioned a farm). We planted a seed. Each of us and everybody together with our fingers digging on the soil, our metallic fingers as well. 2 weeks got for us plant this forest of illusions that will grow up because that’s all a matter of strategy: flowers can grow on the desert knowing with is the best to create an auto-regulated system. Just pushing a switch…

According to the English Wikipedia, Bill Mollison declared that:

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”

After all, there is nobody to take care about the plants during long periods of time… They should be ready to survive alone!

Day by day, not having a full pocket, we had to choose the beauty in the simple details rather than the non-sustainable luxury. The most resistant plants, those most suitable for the shadows or for the sunshine (incredibly we could be burn in our skins under the Sun in the Grey Island of Ireland!), build up the paths to walk, the places to stay and relax or play theatre or music and some games on the night with a fire. We inserted a sculpture in that permanent picture in the form of an eagle (in my own interpretation, of course) as the necessary symbol of each alive project, in a marvellous relationship of symbiosis with the environment.

The music was a very important part of our day and for example our instructors showed us this emotive song about Molly Malone (singing Sinead o’Connor). Singing became a part of our sharing in common. Happy rhythms in our heads, in our hands and in our hearts. Music and food too I would add. Everyone was responsible to feed each other at least three times per week. It gives another dimension to your life cocking for 14 people even for me, coming from an eight-members family under the same roof. Games and films and chats were also a very important part of our relaxing time after dinner and some times we stayed so late that became an inconvenient for next working day.

Finally, among all the visits to our area (don’t forget the local culture!), the Tintern Abbey and its communal garden, the Hook Lighthouse, sightseeing across the city of Wexford, the beers and the Irish traditional music concert on live in a pub from the seamen village of Duncannon, the two visits on the beach, the concert with a young band in a restaurant close to Wexford (where I had my 15 min as a storyteller in front of a devoted audience) and the final match in the Word Football Cup Brazil-Germany in Wellingtonbridge, I would like to remark the vignette in the Hook Lighthouse as a hope.

And now: Thank you all of you who came from Ireland, Spain, Austria, Romania, Montserrat and Czech Republic!

Go raibh maith aga!! (My favourite sentence in Gaelic).


It made me sweat… (Ireland – 2nd part)

…but I wasn’t able to stop enjoying it.

Summarizing: all the episodes in human existence have a specific content. Their own names, special flavours, something Cartesian (a point created by the confluence of axis X and axis Y) that make us remember the situation and feel those murmurs from the River flowing from the Past, but not any past. Our very real past, myself swimming on the waters of the Time.

A social project carried on by an educational NGO based on Dublin, Eolas Soileir, in a former farm in the county of Wexford (SE of the island). Unfortunately I can’t  put a name and face to the ruined farmer by the alcoholism and debts, owner of these paths, fields, house, farm. Second chances exist and the place returned to have an useful function.

I could copypaste this info: “CLEAR – Centre for Learning, Education, Awareness & Revival is committed to… …in County Wexford” and so on and son on.  I will not. Instead of that, to be a bit original writer, here you have the list of the people who make possible and alive this encouraging company: Dreidre, Jack, Geraldine, Sean and some other people of whom I forgot their names. But I remember their faces! And the accents of their tongues. It gets a while to guess the meanings of the Irish English, built on the basis of the Gaelic phonetics. As empathetic, welcoming (hospitable) and hard-workers beings they are, it was a pleasure to take on hands the tools for embellishing that small portion of earth under our foot.

2 weeks of Arts & Crafts -a sentence that summarizes the clever combination of both technique and culture for, finally, offer to another groups of people like young urban guys or leaders in another social organizations.

It is so necessary to have a bit of faith…! Even from materialistic positions. It is a faith after a checking in an atmosphere of enthusiasm for a recovery, a “restoration” in the old-fashion: collective decisions, manual tasks, recycling of materials, aesthetics applied to the garden. If there is any hope for the mankind it must be multiplied in that sort of places!

We pushed the meanings of another team’s works to give them them another meanings. Where stayed a single pound and a mountain of sand and stones, trash -plastics, stripes, metallic tools, authentic archaeology of a farming past- we gave birth to (see the pics gallery):

– the entrance path,

– a rockery with flowers,

– a non-smoking area under cover of the rain and winds,

– an embellished pound with flowers and aquatic plants,

– an encircling area around the pound for walking and in the future staying seated,

– a metallic sculpture,

– a bonfire with benches around and berries,

– a kind of “zen garden” for meditation with a white pebbles bed and

– the was floor was levelled.Quite impressive! I would say.

(To be continued).

Harmonious Pathways in Ireland

When I took a look to a link in a Facebook page about a short-term EVS project named “Harmonious Pathways” (the European Volunteering Service) in Ireland I was so enthusiastic that I couldn’t had simply said “no”. I arranged my documents with the Czech counterpart, the sending organization International Young Naturefriends, all the papers and so on with the Czech sending organization and finally I packed my luggage and took a plane in the Vaclav Havel airport. Destination: Dublin. On the way I met my Czech co-worker Lucie; we travelled together to a town in the South, including the night spending in the surroundings of the capital city. Next day afternoon we travelled to the place so called Wexford in a two hours and a half trip by bus…

There is a truly fascination for Ireland in my land, Galicia by the fact of being both Celtic nations (to see how far comes these connections, check here our passion for Gaelic football without any official support, a very popular sport for Irish people, and here the list of Irish bands in our most important Folk music festival) so it was my case too. Even that I had never dreamt to visit the island in a short or medium term… Imagine my surprise!

If I weren’t emigrated in the Czech Republic probably I would had started a farming project in my parents fields, combining the sustainable exploitation of the local richness present in the flora, fauna and the landscapes which has been supplying its inhabitants by thousands of years. I am myself an amateur bee-keeper. So honestly talking I was curious to know what were the principles of permaculture and for what it was useful for.

10 young volunteers, 5 countries, one Irish organization, one abandoned farm converted in a laboratory against social inequalities…

(To be continued)