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Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Tribute Video

Way, way back:

when artists were still multi-talented and didn’t need ridiculous theme or reality shows to shine.

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Non-Bloody Sunday

Day 25 of the ‘Post A Day 2011′ challenge: What’s your idea for a perfect Sunday?

Do you know the song Sunday, Bloody Sunday by U2? This song is a protest song against a terrible incident that happened back in 1972. And frankly, all my Sundays would be perfect, if this kind of thing just never ever happened again. I might have to work on Sunday, eat simple, it can rain, there might be nothing on TV, it could be filled with boring appointments, I just wouldn’t care.

Bloody Sunday / Domhnach na Fola / Bogside Massacre

It’s January 30th, 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland. On this Sunday the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association has organized a march. In full view of the public and press twenty six unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders are shot by members of the British Army.

Seven boys and six men were killed immediately, another man still died half a year later from his injuries.  Of the fourteen wounded, twelve were shot by the soldiers – five were shot in the back – and two protesters were run down by army vehicles.

The deceased:

  • John (Jackie) Duddy – 17
  • Patrick Joseph Doherty – 31
  • Bernard McGuigan – 41
  • Hugh Pious Gilmour – 17
  • Kevin McElhinney – 17
  • Michael Gerald Kelly – 17
  • John Pius Young – 17
  • William Noel Nash – 19
  • Michael M. McDaid – 20
  • James Joseph Wray – 22
  • Gerald Donaghy – 17
  • Gerald (James) McKinney – 34
  • William Anthony McKinney – 27
  • John Johnston – 59 

There have been several investigations, where the soldiers and British authorities were largely cleared of the blame. Finally last year the results of a twelve-year inquiry by Saville were published: all of those shot were unarmed, and the killings were both “unjustified and unjustifiable.” The British prime minister finally made a formal apology on behalf of the United Kingdom. Here you can read more about Bloody Sunday (1972).

So perhaps now you understand that:

my idea for a perfect Sunday is a peaceful Non-Bloody Sunday.