Death In Paradise — Why?

April 24, 2020

For those not aware, Death In Paradise is a British TV crime series. From what I understand it is one of the top three shows, by audience, on British TV and has managed to last for nine seasons, now being broadcast in most countries of the world.

Set on a fictional island, a British possession in the Caribbean, each episode of the series sets up a murder mystery — often a variation of the locked room genre — that needs to be solved by the police led by a visiting British detective inspector. It is often comedic in a lighthearted way, and highly formulaic.  The setting is beautiful (filmed on Guadeloupe) and, for what it is, the acting is fine.  Nearly every episode has one or more guest stars who are well-known personalities on British TV.

It is, however, racist to the core and a paean to colonialism.

It is racist because, although most of the local — black — police characters are shown to be both interesting and good at their jobs, in no case is the murder ever solved by anyone other than the white detective. In the formula used to close every episode, he — always a he — gathers all the potential suspects together and explains in detail how he has brilliantly worked out the mystery.  Applause all around while the British detective takes his bows.

As for the colonialism, there is no attempt to have a local officer work their way up to the inspector level. The inspector is always seconded from London. And always white. It is as if black British actors such as Idris Elba, David Ajala, or Lenny Henry don’t exist.

I am probably making too much of this; after all, I am sure the production gives lots of work to local actors and crew. But it does piss me off.

Night Music: Star of the County Down

April 24, 2020

Escaping Isolation via Web Cam #6

April 24, 2020

Visit what I think is the most beautiful library in the world, using a 360 degree self-directed pano.

There are eleven different rooms to visit, each as wonderful as the last.

In Memoriam To the Martyred Victims

April 24, 2020

On this day in 1916, the flag of Irish rebellion against the English crown was raised in Dublin in what has become known as the Easter Rising (Éirí Amach na Cásca).

485 people died in the next few days, more than 60% of whom were civilians killed mostly by British bullets and bombardments. All should be remembered.

Over the following weeks, the British murdered/executed a number of Irish leaders and patriots:

  • Roger Casement
  • Éamonn Ceannt
  • Thomas James Clarke
  • Con Colbert
  • James Connolly
  • Edward Daly
  • Seán Heuston
  • Thomas Kent
  • John MacBride
  • Seán MacDiarmada
  • Thomas MacDonagh
  • Michael Mallin
  • Michael O’Hanrahan
  • Patrick Pearse
  • William Pearse
  • Joseph Mary Plunkett

Their sacrifice was not in vain, and most of Ireland is now a free republic.  When Ulster (Britain’s second oldest colony after Wales) is freed from bondage, their work will be complete.

Grandview 24th April 1920

April 24, 2020

Vancouver World, 19200424, p.2

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