Monday, March 01, 2010

Mine all mine

Be fair or foul or rain or shine

The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine

Not Heaven itself, upon the past has power

But what has been has been, and I have had my hour

John Henry Dryden

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

La Marseillaise Transformée

Allons enfants de la patrie – ie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de toute l’amitié – é
L’étendard riant-élevé
L’étendard riant-élevé
De nos enfants et nos campagnes
Embrassant nos aimables amis
Et sautant tous dans leurs bras
Jouons tous, et dansons tous ensemble – e
Aux jeux des citoyens (badababoum)
Formons tous les équipes (badababoum)
Chantons, buvons, et tous ensemble,
Faisons tous – e la fête (badababoum) !

Chloë Rowlands

Friday, January 15, 2010


Batala Massif is beginning to branch out to provide opportunities for young people. We started a group this Wednesday called Batala Bidons, that I guess we would call a junk percussion band in English, or a bucket band in the US. Four smiling enthusiasts as you can see. We have hopes and expectations of a few more during this spring term. The local secondary school is keen to support us too. We are dreaming of a Batala encontro with a strong youth element for May 2011. The idea being to build towards it and to harness the energy of such a wonderful event to develop a living drumming legacy in the Haute-Loire. Watch this space!