[Bards] apology and restatement.

Michael Silverhands silverhands at sbcglobal.net
Tue Oct 31 10:13:42 PST 2006

On Oct 31, 2006, at 12:01 PM, Cisco Cividanes wrote:

> To the list, I make an apology,
> I do stand by my statements, however, ranting at the proverbial top  
> of my lungs surely isn't gong to create any productive outcome.

Speaking for myself, Lord Ivo, I see no apology necessary. You had  
some points to make -- good, bad or ugly is up to the reader to  
judge ;-) -- and you made them well.

> <snip>
> TO put it simply, is it possible that communication isn't what it  
> could/should be between us a bards and between us and the rest of  
> the kingdom?
> We may be bards, but we have to work around and with royals,  
> autocrats, officers and all other attendees. I believe that there  
> might be, at least in the north, a breakdown in the needed lines of  
> communication.
> Food for thought.
> Ivo

Of *course* our communications needs work. We need better internal  
communication (between us) and better external communication  
(outward, to the Kingdom -- whether promoting a particular event such  
as Eisteddfod, or promoting bardcraft in general). I think that's the  
underlying, mostly-unstated common theme throughout these past 100+  
messages. :-)

Regarding your point about "bad bardic": I don't know what to do  
about that, but I agree it's painful to watch. Some sort of entry  
requirement (preliminary rounds or whatever) might keep "bad bardic"  
out of Eisteddfod, at least. I'll say more to that in a separate  

The worst slam I've ever heard, though, about a bardic championship  
was this: people didn't want to sit and watch because it was *too  


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