Very sad to see the death of Ingmar Bergman today. So there goes my favourite film director and novelist (Kurt Vonnegut) in the same year. Persona, the Seventh Seal, Fanny and Alexander and Smiles of a Summer Night were some of my favourite Bergman films and it's good to see the BBC web site putting the story of his death, and reader tributes, on the front page.
One of the giants of film, but when was the last time the BBC showed one of Bergman's film's on BBC1 or BBC2? Is this not more evidence of the dumbing down of our public service broadcaster?
Some of the more observant readers of this blog will have noticed that it's gone awfully quiet around here recently. All I can is my "hinterland" has squeezed out any room for blogging at the moment. We'll get August out of the way and then in the Autumn it will be time to re-design and re-launch. It will be nice to get more contributors, so stay tuned, until then...
From the folks who brought you the weekend, a sometimes happy human blogging from the left of centre and keeping it sceptical, freethinking, secular and humanist. Because every reasonable human being should be a moderate socialist – or drinker – or preferably both.
“It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan.
‘The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few. Where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe. And where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.’
The Labour Humanist Group
A Labour Humanist Group exists to spread awareness of humanism and humanists within the Labour Party and to promote humanist and Labour values. Membership of the Group is open to any person, who agrees with the aims of the group and is a member or supporter of the Labour Party, or a member of a group officially affiliated to the Labour Party.
To find out more visit Labour Humanist Group
What is Humanism
Humanism is the belief that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.