After feeding the squirrels and the pigeons in the Old Cemetery of St Nicholas Church – Sutton – we practiced some stance work from our
‘YouTubing’ is the habitation of a fantasy world made real in images upon a screen. This is exactly the ‘inverted’ world of religion writ large as described by Feuerbach, Marx, Engels and Lenin, etc! In theory, any image, regardless of its positive, negative or neutral construction value, can be made to seem ‘as if it exists’ upon the screen and stimulate the imaginations of all and sundry that happen to allow these images to pass in front of the eye and ear – thus ‘traversing’ the surface of the mind! Whereas the film industry is a tangible profession involving ‘real’ training, qualifications and jobs that guarantee genuine ‘labour’ in the material world – ‘YouTubing’ places this ‘dream-making’ process firmly into the hands of the uneducated and immature masses – telling them that this is ‘reality’ and that no other interpretation exists! The way the entertainment world used to exist (pre-internet) – ensured that ordinary human-beings all inhabited the drab and mundane ‘material’ world and tried our best to traverse its realities and injustices – BEFORE they were able (or allowed) to subject themselves to the ‘inverted’ world of ‘escapism’ and the 90 minutes £5 allotted to get away (just for a moment) from the reality of capitalist existence! All a child has to do now is wake-up and switch-on which ever device happens to be within reach and the ‘inverted’ world of YouTube beckons!
These are a few pages from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign Magazine dated Winter 2022-2023.
US academics who do dabble in this area often try to date its decline and disappearance to a convenient ‘1350 CE’ – or just prior to the arrival of Columbus in 1492 CE – whilst others state that it was probably contact with Europeans that put an end to it. The usual dualistic paradigm perpetuated is that these non-European architects who (were expert in engineering) – were also ‘savage’ in religion (a recurring theme in Protestant and Catholic-led European colonialism) – and destroyed themselves through their own inherent ‘evilness’ and ‘stupidity’! There is premised upon apparent archaeological evidence of what might be a small number of human ‘sacrifices’ dating to around 900 CE – but many old cultures practiced this including Celts, Vikings, the Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic and religious groups (including Christians) around the world. The Protestant and Catholic Christians, for instance, used to ritualistically ‘burn’ one another throughout Europe as an ‘offering’ to their respective interpretation of the same Abrahamic god! Of course, this was when these two ‘Unorthodox’ Churches were not busy torturing or burning the Pagan populations of the countries they had occupied!
After a family project involving the study of the monument to WF Gamul Farmer (1812-1860) positioned at the East Entrance to Nonsuch Park – we decided (as a group) – to see if we could locate the grave of this local gentleman, despite the fact that he had died 162 years ago! After about half an hour of looking around St Dunstan’s Church with no success, I remembered that the Church used to encourage the idea that wealth and status could guarantee a place in heaven – providing that this wealth and status was used in favour of the Church in whilst the individual concerned lived on earth! My hunch proved correct. Usually, the graves of the good and the great are located if not very close to the exterior of the Church wall – then actually in the interior of the Church (buried under heavy flagstones engraved with the details of the deceased). The problem was that by the mid to late 1800s, all the interior space of the Churches had already been paid for and occupied – and so this left the only ‘premier’ spots for the here after to be located outside the Church wall positioned at various distanced from the East-facing Altar!
Willian Francis Gamul Farmer married one ‘Matilda Farmer (nee ‘Wilkinson’) [1815-1889] and produced eleven children with here – seven boys and four girls. The names of his children were William Robert Gamul Farmer, Thomas Allix Farmer, Matilda Frances Farmer, George Lancelot McLean Farmer, Margaret Anna Farmer, Emily Mary Farmer, Charles Edward Farmer, Revd. James Edmund Gamul Farmer, Henry Lowth Farmer, Catherine Augusta Farmer and Francis Colebrooke Farmer. He inherited from his grandfather when aged 26 years old (in 1838) and again from his father – William Meeke Farmer (1778-1840) – when he was 28 years old in 1840! This is why he lived the care-free life associated with the landed gentry. Willian Francis Gamul Farmer was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey before reaching the Office of High Sheriff of the County of Surrey – when he received his appointment in 1849 (when he was around 37 years old). Indeed, so important a person was he – that an oil painting was commissioned to record this important event – which seems to show him around 37 years old (although I cannot find any verification for the date or the name of the artist, etc).