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Robert Baden-Powell: British council to remove founder of Scouting statue



The statue of Baden-Powell will be removed Thursday.

The statue, which was installed in 2008, will be released on Thursday, local authorities of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council said in a statement.

“We recognize the differing views on Baden-Powell’s life activities and want to create a time for all views to be aired, and to minimize the risk of public disturbances or antisocial behavior that can emerge is that the statue remains there,” it said.

The Dorset County Scouts group supports abolition, the council added.

Vikki Slade, leader of the BCP council, called for discussion of the future of the statue.

“While famous for the creation of Scouts, we also recognize that there are some aspects of Robert Baden-Powell’s life that are deemed unfit for warning,” he said in a statement.

Slade also discussed steps on Facebook post on wednesday.

“I don’t want to see the statue removed,” he wrote. “But we have been advised by the police that this statue is on the target list to be attacked and because of its proximity to water and its gentle and historic nature, I was asked to approve a temporary transfer.”

This step is part of a wave of action against monuments that glorify British colonial history.

On Sunday, protesters in Bristol knocked down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it in the river, and local authorities in east London removed the statue of slave owner Robert Milligan on Tuesday.

Who is Baden-Powell?

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell, was born February 22, 1857 in London and died on January 8, 1941 in Pain, Kenya, according to the Britannica encyclopedia.

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He was revered as a national hero for his actions as a British Army officer in the South African War (1899-1902), and later found Scouts in 1908. Two years later, he co-founded Girl Guides, a similar organization for girls.


Scouts are aimed at boys between 10 and 14 years old. The organization said scouting “exists to actively involve and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.”

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Baden-Powell developed an interest in teaching young children when he discovered the 1899 military textbook “Aids to Scouting” used to train boys in woodcraft.

He decided to establish a trial camp for boys on Brownsea Island, near Poole, in 1907, and then write a book for what he called the Scouting movement.

Shortly afterwards Scout forces emerged throughout England, and Baden-Powell published a book called “Scouting for Boys” in 1908.

Two years later Baden-Powell retired from his position as a soldier to concentrate on Scouting, and founded Girl Guides with his sister Agnes in the same year.

Why is he controversial?

Baden-Powell’s critics say that he is considered homophobic and racist views, and sympathize with fascists like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Former Bournemouth Labor parliamentary candidate East Corrie Drew told BBC Breakfast television on Thursday: “A glimpse of his history shows that he was very open about his views on homosexuality and that he was a very open and supportive supporter of Hitler and fascism and was quite a blunt, racist blunt.”

He said: “We cannot just forgive the shocking values ​​of people because they were in the past,” added: “We can commemorate positive work without commemorating the man.”

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Drew added that the statue was not historic – only existed for about a decade. “That is not part of our own history,” he said.

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However, some local politicians voiced defending the statue.

Robert Syms, MP for Poole, write on Twitter: “For the avoidance of doubt I am against the permanent removal of the Baden-Powell statue from Poole Quay.”

Conor Burns, lawmaker for nearby Bournemouth West, asked the BCP Board to return the statue.

“The elimination of the statue of Lord Baden Powell from Poole is a big mistake of judgment,” he said tweeted.

On Thursday morning the locals in Poole gathered to show their support for the statue.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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