A time to remember

We went to a superb performance of John Rutter’s Requiem this morning, to mark Remembrance Day – full of pain, depth and the power of love. The Two Minutes’ Silence was very poignant honouring the courage and service of the Armed Forces and the resoluteness of families bereaved or shaken by devastating casualty. I couldn’t help thinking of, and feeling again, deep distaste at the insults thrown at some of the returning warriors with facial and bodily injuries – see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/8309714.stm.

I was reminded too that my face is a monument to soldiers and airman of the two World Wars whose facial injuries and burns brought the best out of the surgeons of the day – Harold Gillies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Gillies) who trained my surgeon, Jim Evans, and Archie McIndoe.

Such a day resonates profound thoughts but in the last week I have been equally touched, in different ways, by the Girl Guides’ research on how many young girls (46% between 11 and 16) say they would like cosmetic surgery to make themselves prettier or thinner, by the new reported cultural trend for ‘deracialisation’ and by the apparent acceptance of so-called satire to mock people’s looks. Much needs to be challenged in pursuit of face equality…

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One thought on “A time to remember

  1. I would like to contact James personally. I need some information for a degree course. Could I possibly have a private email address? I’ll keep searching meanwhile. Thank you

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