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  • Place: My room in Bootle
    Weather: Windy, cold
    Time: 9:39 pm
    Music: Jamie Cullum

    Today I decided I was going to take pics on Hope Street. So I went up Bold street which happens to be half a pedestrian walk. There, in the middle of the street there were these guys giving away poppy flowers. I received one and gave away some pence. And kept wondering what this flower meant because I had already seen it in the British Council in Bogotá. Off I went to take my pictures and stumbled upon the Metropolitan Cathedral. The design is not so orthodox for a catholic church . It breaks all paradigms regarding the place of the altar and how benches are arranged around it, not in front of it. The design also takes for granted you have already seen the catholic imagery for your entire life and presents very abstract representations of all icons you usually see in a catholic church. Interesting. After talking some pics, I walked down Mount Pleasant St. and found a lovely 26-year-old bookshop. I learn about about this when chatting with the owner of the bookshop.He saw my red Poppy flower pinned on my coat and he asked me if I knew what it meant. Nop. I said. But I had seen it lots of times and even had one in my room in Bogota and never wondered what it meant or I had forgotten. According to the clerk and owner of this bookshop, somewhere in Europe, during the Great War, there was a bombing in an open field where thousands of soldiers died. The damage to the field was so severe that it left a deep vast hole. The land had been disturbed and poppy seeds got unburied and left on the surface. That is how thousands of red flowers bloomed in the same place where thousands of soldiers had died. This coincidence was taken as a symbol by the British to commemorate the death of all those soldiers every November 11th. That is why there were all these young ladies raising money for charity in the street and giving away poppy flowers. Everybody in the street was wearing the flowers, also presenters on TV, reality shows, teachers at school did. I guess everybody is joining the same memory. They don't seem to forget. This happened more than 50 years ago and they still tell the story in school, in the street. If in Colombia we had special dates to commemorate all the innocent people who have died because of the armed conflict, we would have to mourn during countless days...365 days wouldn't be enough remember and honor the painful and bloody process my country has been through during the last 100 years, to say the least.
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