Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
The destruction of Guernica, which inspired Pablo Picasso to paint his masterpiece of the same name, also brought nearly 4.000 children to Britain as refugees from the Spanish Civil War. Public opinion was outraged by the bombing of Guernica, the first ever saturation bombing of a civilian population. The Basque government appealed to foreign nations to give temporary asylum to the children, but the British government adhered to its policy of non- intervention.
The Duchess of Atholl, President of the National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief, took up the campaign to urge the government to accept the Basque children and finally, permission was reluctantly granted. However, the government refused to be responsible financially for the children, saying that this would violate the non-intervention pact. It demanded that the newly formed Basque Children’s Committee guarantee 10/- per week for the care and education of each child.
The children left for Britain on the steamship the Habana on 21st May 1937. Each child had been given a cardboard hexagonal disk to pin on his clothes with an identification number and the words Expedición a Inglaterra printed on it. The ship, supposed to carry around 800 passengers, carried 3840 children, 80 teachers, 120 helpers, 15 catholic priests and 2 doctors. The children were crammed into the boat. The steamer arrived at Southampton on 23rd May and the children were sent in busloads to a camp at North Stoneham in Eastleigh that had been set up in three fields. The setting up of the camp in less than two weeks was the result of a remarkable effort by the whole community.
Much more information on the Basque Children can be found here.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
When teenagers from Chino, from Reno, from San Francisco.., when they come to Boise and they see five hundred other teenagers with 'txapelas' (Basque berets) and see it is cool to wear a txapela dancing to Ene Bada, or dancing to Basque rock music, they would be like... oh, this is not something of my parents or my grandparents," Gloria Totoricagüena, a prominent researcher in the field of the Basque Diaspora explains in an exclusive interview for eitb.com in Boise.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Since the traumatic loss of both his police career and his right leg due to an act of violence in the line of duty, which has left him confined to a wheelchair, Swasie then suffered the inconsolable loss of his beloved wife and childhood sweetheart Marjorie to the scourge of cancer.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Alvin pilot Valentine Wilson sits atop the research submarine, shown in its earliest incarnation in 1966 (the external shape and design have been altered a bit over the years). After Wilson came back from a trip to the Bahamas sporting a red beret, the hats were adopted as a badge of camaraderie among the members of the Alvin group.(Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Air New Zealand is promoting its airfares by taking the mickey out of two MPs who are in the headlines for their travel perks, right winger ACT Party Leader Rodney Hide and Maori Party MP Hone Harawira.
Air NZ is promoting "Sprung in Paris specials" with a picture of Maori Party MP Hone Harawira wearing a jaunty French beret.
Mr Harawira is in hot water after he lashed out at white people over criticism that he bunked off a work trip in Brussels to visit Paris with his wife.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"Do you know when I learned that G‑d exists?" Yetta asked one day.
Living in Poland amongst anti-Semitic peasants created many difficulties for the Jews. Yetta's sister had purchased a house shortly after her marriage, but was approached one day by a Polish neighbor, demanding that they vacate the home lest he murder the entire family. Yetta's sister refused. He made it clear that he expected the house to be empty upon his return from a nearby market.
Yetta then paused for a moment and said, "And do you know what happened? He came back with his head separated from his body."
Apparently, he had gotten into a drunken brawl and had his head cut off by another Pole.
"Then," Yetta continued, "I realized there is a G‑d in this world."
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Every ancient machine was powered by the water wheel outside. This water-driven power came to the machine by way of a set of belts that ran throughout the factory.
How they kept this ancient machinery going was a testament to the ingenuity of the factory’s workers.
We bought four berets, donned two of them and were stopped on the street by a native who thought we, too, were Basques.
|When this gent with the cigarette saw us wearing berets, he immediately wanted to strike up a conversation in his native Basque language Euskera.|
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
The new stock from Tolosa arrived today; Fina's in 28 cm - the high quality economic alternative to the Exposicion Tupida and Super Lujo at $ 41.- (including international postage and handling),