IWOTA # 4 – Mrs Patrick Campbell

Mrs Patrick Campbell, died on this date in 1940.

An accomplished indigenous woman of the Anglosphere.

A Grand Dame of English and American Theater.

Her marriage to her first husband lasted five years till 1900, but his name survives as her married woman’s stage name to this very day.

She was very successful on London’s West end as Ophelia, Juliet and Lady Macbeth.

Mrs Pat had a physically unconsummated love affair by letter with George Bernard Shaw. She wrote to him: “Oh dear me — it’s too late to do anything but accept you and love you — but when you were quite a little boy, somebody ought to have said “HUSH” just once!”

Shaw wrote Pygmalion for her. It was Shaw’s most popular play and the inspiration for My Fair Lady. All though many people considered Campbell too old for the role, she triumphed in 1914 at the age of 49 and again in 1920 when 55 years old.

She was a regular performer in American theatre from her Broadway debut in 1900 till the age of 68 when she moved on to working briefly in movies. This included co-starring with Norma Shearer in “Riptide” and with Peter Lorre in “Crime And Punishment”.

What a woman !

Geoff Fox, 9th April, 2023, Australia

Men Of Peace #1 Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is a man of peace.

Like his Republican predecessors Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Bush 1 and Reagan, he can be tough when needed but prioritises peace when others seek war.

Last week, on March 17, he clearly stated that we need to be “fundamentally reevaluating NATO’s purpose and NATO’s vision. Our foreign policy establishment keeps trying to pull the world into conflict with a nuclear armed Russia based on the lie that Russia represents our greatest threat.

But the greatest threat to Western Civilization today is not Russia. It’s probably, more than anything else, ourselves ……..”

This is greatness. This is leadership. This is a peace maker.

Lincoln saved the American Union in The Civil War and freed slaves.

Teddy Roosevelt talked of the need in foreign policy to “speak softly and carry a big stick”.

Eisenhower warned America of the dangers the Military-Industrial Complex could bring.

Nixon’s détente softened The Cold War.

Reagan’s  Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty gave America a better, safer relationship with Gorbachev’s Russia.

Bush 1 showed necessary toughness in liberating Kuwait but left it at that when others pushed for a much bigger war.

In 2023, war with Russia over Ukraine is not the business of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Ukraine is not in the North Atlantic.

Donald Trump is unequivocally and courageously standing up against both the war-mongering of neocons in his own party and the currently even more dangerous war-mongering which seems unopposed in the Biden administration.

This is President Trump working for peace.

This is greatness.

This is leadership.

God Bless Donald Trump for standing up for peace.

Geoff Fox, 22nd March, 2023, Down Under