Home' Nova West : August 2011 Contents THE CONSPIRATOR ★★★★
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was
a pivotal moment in US history, not only
because he was the first President of a
unified country -- something brought about
after one of the bloodiest conflicts ever
seen at the time -- but because of the sheer
audacity of the assassin.
John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin,
went to the theatre and shot Lincoln while
he watched a play and then jumped on to
the stage and shouted "Thus always to
tyrants" and escaped.
That night, there were attempts on the
lives of the Vice President Andrew Johnson
and the Secretary of State William Seward
by Booth's co-conspirators. These were
unsuccessful. So although most people are
aware of Booth's name and his role, the
names of his co-conspirators and their fates
is less well known.
In The Conspirator, directed by Robert
Redford, the focus is on the owner of the
boarding house which Booth visited and
where a number of the conspirators resided.
Her name was Mary Surratt (Robin Wright)
and, although a civilian, she was tried by a
military tribunal established for the purpose.
Lincoln's assassination happened in the final
days of the Civil War (there was one battalion
from the South still fighting) so it could be
argued that the country was still at war and
the assassination was an act of treason.
After Surratt's arrest, finding someone to
defend her, given that she was a Southerner
being tried in the North, was complex. She
retained Reverdy Johnson (Tom Wilkinson)
a lawyer and a US Senator, but although he
believed in the Constitution and the right
to trial by your peers, given his political
aspirations, he was not keen to be too
heavily involved with the trial.
Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) was
convinced to take up Surratt's defence. To
say Aiken was unenthusiastic is an under-
statement. He, like many of his contemp-
oraries, thought Surratt was a traitor, or at
least had harboured traitors and deserved
everything that was coming to her. The fact
Surratt was a sometimes surly individual put
Aiken even more out of sympathy with her.
Wright and scriptwriter James D Solomon
don't glamorise Surratt and keep enough of
an open dialogue so that the possibility of
her guilt remains. But the parallels between
the question of the use of military tribunals
"in a time of war" and in the US today are
obvious. This is heightened when you see
the conspirators with hoods over their heads
in the Washington Arsenal Prison in 1867.
In The Conspirator is a very earnest film but
the excellent performances and the writing
keep you engaged. There is nothing flashy
or dynamic about the direction by Redford
but it's a good story, well told. The
Conspirator proves again that if you don't
study history, then you are bound to repeat
it. Or is it just that the injustice of today
looks the same as the injustice of
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POWER BREAKFAST QUINOA
GLUTEN FREE IF THE TAMARI USED IS WHEAT FREE
An incredibly easy and flexible dish that is
essentially a risotto. I've also tricked it up for
dinner with roast pumpkin and pesto, and been
very happy. Consider it a "fried rice" of sorts
and add anything you want, but make sure to
add some crunchy flavour -- toasted tamari
seeds or nuts are both good.
• 100gm/ ½ cup quinoa
• 1 teaspoon whey or lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons butter or ghee
• 2 teaspoons coconut oil
• ½ cup - approx 1 stick celery - cut into
• ½ cup - approx 1 medium carrot - cut
into small dice
• ½ teaspoon dried basil
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme
• 1 teaspoon dulse flakes
• ¾ cup stock - chicken or vegetable, 1 cup if
the grain is unsoaked
• ½ cup soft green vegetable - zucchini cut into
small dice in summer, broccoli cut into small
florets or beans in winter, peas and roughly
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for more of Jude's fabulous wholefood recipes
chopped asparagus in spring are good. Finely
sliced kale is always a great addition.
• 1 teaspoon tamari or pinch sea salt
• 1 - 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, roughly
• yoghurt or labne for serving
Add the quinoa, whey and 1 cup of water to a
small bowl and stir together well. Cover and
leave on the bench (or in the fridge) to stand
The next morning melt the butter and coconut
oils in a small frying pan. Add the celery, carrot,
basil and thyme and cook over a medium
heat a good 5 minutes or until lightly coloured.
Drain the quinoa and add to the vegetables
and stir through. Add the stock and bring to the
boil, cover with a lid and cook at a very gentle
simmer for 15 mins. Add the soft vegetables,
return lid and cook gently for a further 10 mins.
Season to taste with tamari and add the
coriander and toss through. Serve topped with
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Recently, I went to see the movie
Oranges and Sunshine, which
documents the deportation of
English migrant children to charitable
institutions after the war and the terrible
suffering that many of them endured at
the hands of their supposed "saviours".
Many of them had been led to believe that
their families were dead until the heroic
social worker, who worked so tirelessly to
reunite them, made public the secret cover
up of another "stolen generation".
It started me thinking about how lucky
most of us are. With the exception of the
brave souls fighting in Afghanistan, most of
us have a life of relative peace and prosperity.
Yes, we may all be affected by the stress of
making finances stretch, as well as balancing
work and family responsibilities. But we are
living in one of the most amazing times in
the earth's history.
The impact of spiritual leaders such as
the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Sai Baba,
Aung San Suu Kyi and many others has been
monumental in creating a new paradigm of
spiritual awareness, one that demands we
honour our responsibilities to others and
the environment. The dedication shown by
those individuals working for Greenpeace,
World Vision, the Pachamama Alliance and
many others too numerous to mention,
is awe inspiring. Rather than focusing on
the personal cost to themselves, they have
picked up the torch and are actively
working to help create a better world in a
myriad of different ways.
Synchronicity also played its usual part
in bringing important things to my attention,
and as I picked up a leaflet from a recent
symposium I had attended, the following
quote from George Bernard Shaw fell into
This is the true joy in life, the being used
for a purpose recognised by yourself as
a mighty one; the being a force of nature
instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of
ailments and grievances, complaining that
the world will not devote itself to making
I am of the opinion that my life belongs
to the whole community, and as long as I live
it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I
die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I
rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief
candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got hold of for the moment, and
I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.'
Wow! That's telling it like it is!
As I reflected on his message, I was also
reminded of the wise words of a gifted third
generation energy worker from whom I was
privileged to receive some healing recently.
"You must enjoy your life now," she told
me, "and when it is time to go back, you just
go back." She shrugged her shoulders as if
to indicate that there should be no problem;
it was just as straightforward as that. Of
course, to a regression therapist like me, it
usually is, but it is still so good to be reminded
sometimes when circumstances conspire
to shake our equilibrium and deflect us into
the trivialities. Thanks Pilica!
This week, I was waiting in line at a
parking ticket machine while a man, evidently
flustered by the restless queue behind him,
walked away without a ticket rather than
hold everyone up. After I called him back
and helped to retrieve his ticket, I received
the most beautiful smile in thanks. So next
time you find yourself complaining about
something or someone, take a step back and
look at what you can give, not what you can
get. Find the good in what you do, or find it in
some other work. The world will be the better
for your contribution, however small you may
think it is.
Making Your Life Count
By Valarie Coventry, Past Life regression therapist.
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