On the right track for Wilfred Owen recital

Wilfred Owen

Phil Gwilliam will recite Wlfred Owen

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THE work of First World War poet Wilfred Owen will be recited during a special performance at New Brighton railway station this weekend.

To mark the centenary of World War One, St Helens actor Phil Gwilliam will read Owen's poetry to passing commuters at the station that Wilfred himself is thought to have used many times.

The readings, including Anthem For Doomed Youth, Futility and Dulce Et Decorum Est, will take place between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday August 9, and are the first in a series of events taking place at stations around the Merseyside area during the centenary.

Phil Gwilliam plays the great war poet in the West End production Bullets And Daffodils based on Wilfred's life.

Born in Oswestry in 1893, Wilfred was brought up in Birkenhead and is recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War.

He also has a road named after him, on the former site of Birkenhead Institute, which is now a housing estate.

In 1915, he enlisted in the British Army and was killed, aged 25, on November 4, 1918, during the battle to cross the Sambre-Oise canal at Ors in Northern France.

At the time of his death he was virtually unknown. Only four of his poems were published during his lifetime.

But he had always been determined to be a poet and had experimented with verse from an early age. Among his 62 poems are 1914, Dulce et decorum est and Anthem For Doomed Youth.

 

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3:08pm Wed 6 Aug 14

uncatom says...

Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC.
Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC. uncatom
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5:47pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Lurkinhead says...

I just hope that this initiative is genuine in its motives (in which case, fair play!) and not some desperate attempt to drum up support for a tawdry failed business venture that shall remain nameless.
I just hope that this initiative is genuine in its motives (in which case, fair play!) and not some desperate attempt to drum up support for a tawdry failed business venture that shall remain nameless. Lurkinhead
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5:50pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Breakpoint says...

uncatom wrote:
Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC.
Uncatom, it is actually nice to see a comment only about Wilfred Owen without bringing any other issues into the story, that is until your comment, there are times & places for enough of the comments like yours on the other stories.
For this article can we all just concentrate on the fact that Wilfred Owen is recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War
There is however no mention of the reporter who wrote the article unlike any other Wirral Globe articles.
[quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC.[/p][/quote]Uncatom, it is actually nice to see a comment only about Wilfred Owen without bringing any other issues into the story, that is until your comment, there are times & places for enough of the comments like yours on the other stories. For this article can we all just concentrate on the fact that Wilfred Owen is recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War There is however no mention of the reporter who wrote the article unlike any other Wirral Globe articles. Breakpoint
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5:52pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Breakpoint says...

Lurkinhead wrote:
I just hope that this initiative is genuine in its motives (in which case, fair play!) and not some desperate attempt to drum up support for a tawdry failed business venture that shall remain nameless.
Lurkinhead, same goes for you, can we drop any other issues and just concentrate on what the article actually says without concerning ourselves with other issues, even if it's just for this week as it is the centenary. Can we show some respect.
Thanks
[quote][p][bold]Lurkinhead[/bold] wrote: I just hope that this initiative is genuine in its motives (in which case, fair play!) and not some desperate attempt to drum up support for a tawdry failed business venture that shall remain nameless.[/p][/quote]Lurkinhead, same goes for you, can we drop any other issues and just concentrate on what the article actually says without concerning ourselves with other issues, even if it's just for this week as it is the centenary. Can we show some respect. Thanks Breakpoint
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6:06pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Lurkinhead says...

Breakpoint wrote:
Lurkinhead wrote:
I just hope that this initiative is genuine in its motives (in which case, fair play!) and not some desperate attempt to drum up support for a tawdry failed business venture that shall remain nameless.
Lurkinhead, same goes for you, can we drop any other issues and just concentrate on what the article actually says without concerning ourselves with other issues, even if it's just for this week as it is the centenary. Can we show some respect.
Thanks
No lack of respect from me Breakpoint, but nevertheless, the timing of this is clearly suspicious, especially when one observes who is the sponsor of a specific business venture.

By the way, when I concentrate on what the article says, I note the paragraph "Phil Gwilliam plays the great war poet in the West End production Bullets And Daffodils based on Wilfred's life". Why even mention that, unless it is a cynical marketing ploy of course? The reality, for anyone who is unaware, is that the "West End Production" was in a 60 seat boutique theatre, hired at a few quid a night, and even that did not sell-out, so not quite what it seems I think.
[quote][p][bold]Breakpoint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lurkinhead[/bold] wrote: I just hope that this initiative is genuine in its motives (in which case, fair play!) and not some desperate attempt to drum up support for a tawdry failed business venture that shall remain nameless.[/p][/quote]Lurkinhead, same goes for you, can we drop any other issues and just concentrate on what the article actually says without concerning ourselves with other issues, even if it's just for this week as it is the centenary. Can we show some respect. Thanks[/p][/quote]No lack of respect from me Breakpoint, but nevertheless, the timing of this is clearly suspicious, especially when one observes who is the sponsor of a specific business venture. By the way, when I concentrate on what the article says, I note the paragraph "Phil Gwilliam plays the great war poet in the West End production Bullets And Daffodils based on Wilfred's life". Why even mention that, unless it is a cynical marketing ploy of course? The reality, for anyone who is unaware, is that the "West End Production" was in a 60 seat boutique theatre, hired at a few quid a night, and even that did not sell-out, so not quite what it seems I think. Lurkinhead
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7:32pm Wed 6 Aug 14

yogz66 says...

"To mark the centenary of World War One....will read Owen's poetry to passing commuters at the station that Wilfred himself is thought to have used many times."

Thought to have used many times.....but what if he didn't? Does it get cancelled?

The cynic in me of course, realises 'who' is staging 'what' play, in a theatre in a 'certain' vicinity.....bearing in mind that reference to a 'certain' west end production has been made.
"To mark the centenary of World War One....will read Owen's poetry to passing commuters at the station that Wilfred himself is thought to have used many times." Thought to have used many times.....but what if he didn't? Does it get cancelled? The cynic in me of course, realises 'who' is staging 'what' play, in a theatre in a 'certain' vicinity.....bearing in mind that reference to a 'certain' west end production has been made. yogz66
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10:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Breakpoint says...

Apologies from me Lurkinhead if you felt I meant you were showing a lack of respect, it was my wording not your misunderstanding.
I see yours & yogzs points over the cynicism but by highlighting the issue isn't this what Dean Johnson wants.
Apologies from me Lurkinhead if you felt I meant you were showing a lack of respect, it was my wording not your misunderstanding. I see yours & yogzs points over the cynicism but by highlighting the issue isn't this what Dean Johnson wants. Breakpoint
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9:52am Thu 7 Aug 14

uncatom says...

Breakpoint wrote:
uncatom wrote:
Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC.
Uncatom, it is actually nice to see a comment only about Wilfred Owen without bringing any other issues into the story, that is until your comment, there are times & places for enough of the comments like yours on the other stories.
For this article can we all just concentrate on the fact that Wilfred Owen is recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War
There is however no mention of the reporter who wrote the article unlike any other Wirral Globe articles.
Really Breakpoint, and how does my comment show any disrespect or fail to acknowledge the works of Wilfred Owen ? I see you have fallen over yourself apologising to your fellow TRFC supporters and that you can see their point, you haven't even condemned some of the crass comments made by yogz, but have felt it appropriate to attack me for making a comment that now appears to have some basis.

My comment was based on the fact that every time an article regarding Wilfred Owen appears in the Globe it is pounced upon like a pack of rabid dogs by TRFC supporters crying bias and writing responses to the editor (note not the reporter) about unfair coverage, so I repeat I think my point was fair and valid and showed no disrespect to anyone, which I think is more than can be said for your attempt to discredit me by feigning concern for the memory of Wilfred Owen.
[quote][p][bold]Breakpoint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC.[/p][/quote]Uncatom, it is actually nice to see a comment only about Wilfred Owen without bringing any other issues into the story, that is until your comment, there are times & places for enough of the comments like yours on the other stories. For this article can we all just concentrate on the fact that Wilfred Owen is recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War There is however no mention of the reporter who wrote the article unlike any other Wirral Globe articles.[/p][/quote]Really Breakpoint, and how does my comment show any disrespect or fail to acknowledge the works of Wilfred Owen ? I see you have fallen over yourself apologising to your fellow TRFC supporters and that you can see their point, you haven't even condemned some of the crass comments made by yogz, but have felt it appropriate to attack me for making a comment that now appears to have some basis. My comment was based on the fact that every time an article regarding Wilfred Owen appears in the Globe it is pounced upon like a pack of rabid dogs by TRFC supporters crying bias and writing responses to the editor (note not the reporter) about unfair coverage, so I repeat I think my point was fair and valid and showed no disrespect to anyone, which I think is more than can be said for your attempt to discredit me by feigning concern for the memory of Wilfred Owen. uncatom
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7:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Breakpoint says...

uncatom wrote:
Breakpoint wrote:
uncatom wrote:
Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC.
Uncatom, it is actually nice to see a comment only about Wilfred Owen without bringing any other issues into the story, that is until your comment, there are times & places for enough of the comments like yours on the other stories.
For this article can we all just concentrate on the fact that Wilfred Owen is recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War
There is however no mention of the reporter who wrote the article unlike any other Wirral Globe articles.
Really Breakpoint, and how does my comment show any disrespect or fail to acknowledge the works of Wilfred Owen ? I see you have fallen over yourself apologising to your fellow TRFC supporters and that you can see their point, you haven't even condemned some of the crass comments made by yogz, but have felt it appropriate to attack me for making a comment that now appears to have some basis.

My comment was based on the fact that every time an article regarding Wilfred Owen appears in the Globe it is pounced upon like a pack of rabid dogs by TRFC supporters crying bias and writing responses to the editor (note not the reporter) about unfair coverage, so I repeat I think my point was fair and valid and showed no disrespect to anyone, which I think is more than can be said for your attempt to discredit me by feigning concern for the memory of Wilfred Owen.
Uncatom, if you had bothered to read my posts you will realise that I am NOT a Tranmere Rovers supporter.
If you read previous comments on the issues trying to be avoided here Pollexfen & Lurkinhead are really talking sense. Not like your self centred blinkered posts.
You are not happy unless you can draw attention to yourself, from people that care about the memorial and are attempting to find an amicable resolution you are just attempting to disrupt the whole attempts at negotiation.
[quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Breakpoint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: Be careful what you allow to be printed editor, you could be accused of bias toward TRFC.[/p][/quote]Uncatom, it is actually nice to see a comment only about Wilfred Owen without bringing any other issues into the story, that is until your comment, there are times & places for enough of the comments like yours on the other stories. For this article can we all just concentrate on the fact that Wilfred Owen is recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War There is however no mention of the reporter who wrote the article unlike any other Wirral Globe articles.[/p][/quote]Really Breakpoint, and how does my comment show any disrespect or fail to acknowledge the works of Wilfred Owen ? I see you have fallen over yourself apologising to your fellow TRFC supporters and that you can see their point, you haven't even condemned some of the crass comments made by yogz, but have felt it appropriate to attack me for making a comment that now appears to have some basis. My comment was based on the fact that every time an article regarding Wilfred Owen appears in the Globe it is pounced upon like a pack of rabid dogs by TRFC supporters crying bias and writing responses to the editor (note not the reporter) about unfair coverage, so I repeat I think my point was fair and valid and showed no disrespect to anyone, which I think is more than can be said for your attempt to discredit me by feigning concern for the memory of Wilfred Owen.[/p][/quote]Uncatom, if you had bothered to read my posts you will realise that I am NOT a Tranmere Rovers supporter. If you read previous comments on the issues trying to be avoided here Pollexfen & Lurkinhead are really talking sense. Not like your self centred blinkered posts. You are not happy unless you can draw attention to yourself, from people that care about the memorial and are attempting to find an amicable resolution you are just attempting to disrupt the whole attempts at negotiation. Breakpoint
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8:07pm Thu 7 Aug 14

uncatom says...

Breakpoint, Yes I have read your posts, and they "appear" strangely non committal to either party, yet your above response To Lurkinhead and yogz appear to be apologetic and full of understanding to their cause and their points of view and their veiled references to DJ, and yet you profess to be impartial, funny that, can you explain exactly where your interests do lay ?

Now can you explain to me how my comment can disrupt attempts at negotiation ? with all due respect to Pollexfen and Lurkinhead the solution is not in their hands and comments made on here will have no bearing or effect on the outcome, it is in the hands of TRFC and the council, a TRFC which I might add is refusing to comment or give any detail, so you might be better directing your accusations of disruption at them, I posted a valid comment which related to previous posts on the subject of Ingleborough Field, a subject to which I have followed closely for a number of years as I am sure Lurkinhead will verify.
Breakpoint, Yes I have read your posts, and they "appear" strangely non committal to either party, yet your above response To Lurkinhead and yogz appear to be apologetic and full of understanding to their cause and their points of view and their veiled references to DJ, and yet you profess to be impartial, funny that, can you explain exactly where your interests do lay ? Now can you explain to me how my comment can disrupt attempts at negotiation ? with all due respect to Pollexfen and Lurkinhead the solution is not in their hands and comments made on here will have no bearing or effect on the outcome, it is in the hands of TRFC and the council, a TRFC which I might add is refusing to comment or give any detail, so you might be better directing your accusations of disruption at them, I posted a valid comment which related to previous posts on the subject of Ingleborough Field, a subject to which I have followed closely for a number of years as I am sure Lurkinhead will verify. uncatom
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