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Globe Organization's Tent for Peace
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1979  Thursday, 1 December 2005

From: 		Gabriel Egan <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 30 Nov 2005 13:18:58 -0500
Subject: 16.1970 Globe Organization's Tent for Peace
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1970 Globe Organization's Tent for Peace

Peter Bridgman (PB) wonders whether the Globe Education 'Tent for Peace' 
piece was satirical:

 >> The tent, made in the style of a traditional
 >> Mongolian Yurt out of the hand-embroidered
 >> "love and peace handkerchiefs," was sewn
 >> together by Lebanese women from the Societe
 >> St. Vincent de Paul's Artisanat Mabrouk.
 >
PB > Am I alone in suspecting this article was satirical?

To use the idiom of Britain's youth, Globe Education doesn't 'do' irony 
and a year or two ago it was certainly planning to have handkerchiefs 
made by Southwark schoolchildren sewn together as a symbol of 
cross-cultural reconciliation. The inspiration was, as the piece says, 
the strawberry-spotted handkerchief in Othello. In one of the planning 
meetings ("everyone brainstorm! think aloud!") I recall the stony 
silence that followed my observation that the strawberry decoration 
perhaps represented menstrual blood, in which case the more appropriate 
napkin were . . .  Some thoughts are better kept to oneself.

Gabriel Egan
(formerly Globe Education Lecturer)

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