And death shall have no dominion

…a poem by Dylan Thomas

And death shall have no dominion.

Dead man naked they shall be one

With the man in the wind and the west moon;

When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,

They shall have stars at elbow and foot;

Though they go mad they shall be sane,

Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;

Though lovers be lost love shall not;

And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.

Under the windings of the sea

They lying long shall not die windily;

Twisting on racks when sinews give way,

Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;

Faith in their hands shall snap in two,

And the unicorn evils run them through;

Split all ends up they shan’t crack;

And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.

No more may gulls cry at their ears

Or waves break loud on the seashores;

Where blew a flower may a flower no more

Lift its head to the blows of the rain;

Though they be mad and dead as nails,

Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;

Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,

And death shall have no dominion.

Live forever

Maybe I will never be

all the things that I want to be

But now is not the time to cry –

now’s the time to find out why.

I think you’re the same as me;

we see things they’ll never see…

you and I –

We’re gonna live forever.

Water Aid

Water Aid was James’s preferred charity and he always asked for people to donate to this charity throughout his life.

I had a look on Facebook at some of Jamie’s posts and thought I would share them with you / remind you of them….

Ice bucket?

James’s take on the ice bucket challenge was: “Instead of wasting buckets of clean water, why not give a few quid to Water Aid to actually give people in the world the chance to drink water that won’t kill them?

Book exchange

James posted this recently:

“Fancy a random book? Send me a SAE with £3 for water aid and get a surprise. Pm
For details”

A wonderful world

James also reckoned this:

“We’re fairly well into the 21st century. Some things bother me. 1. There are still people on this planet who don’t have clean water, yet a continent over, people get to queue for the latest phone or video game. www.wateraid.org.uk. Make a difference. 2. Mental health problems are still seen as weakness. We’re a species that’s developed technology, connection and warfare well beyond the rate of evolution and consequently 2 in 5 people have mental health issues and most are even more afraid of talking about it. 3. Wednesday morning we could wake up with an American president who’s a[n alleged] rapist. The most repugnant person in the world is on the precipice of buying his way into purchasing the position of most powerful.

Listen to this and just imagine the possibilities of a decent world.”

 

Donate to Water Aid

If you’d like to donate to James’s chosen charity, Water Aid, there’s a JustGiving page set up in his memory:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-bunker2

Something To Remember Me By

I first met James Bunker when I interviewed him for a job at Evolving. He was sparky, enthusiastic and hugely energetic even during the interview and it was a no-brainer to say yes to asking him to join our team.

Over the years we had many nights out and outings with work – and it was always a giggle when Jamie was around!

What happens when you give Jamie and Lech a webcam...
What happens when you give Jamie and Lech a webcam…
James Bunker at "Evolving Rock Day"
Jamie at work – dressed up for “Evolving Rock Day”

More recently in the last 6 years we became closer friends, sharing a love of music, lyrics and poetry and I loved the fact that a conversation with him would never ever be even remotely predictable.

And usually very, very sweary. 😂

He loved a good music gig…

8th July 2011, Ampthill Rocks gig
8th July 2011, Ampthill Rocks gig
24th July 2015 – Ash gig in Bedford

He never gave me a hard time about anything (even if I deserved it) and was always good for a hug. He was an engaging and entertaining dinner guest, and a fabulous cook too.

Feb 2013 - always good for a hug
Always good for a hug

One of my regrets is that I didn’t get to sample more of his cooking.

One of my best decisions recently was going out to a record fair just to say hi to him – even when I didn’t feel like it. He was always worth the effort even when he did my head in.

Love ya Jamie x

Jamie you knobhead, I’m going to miss you so much.

Sweet dreams, darling boy.

Jools

Xxxx

 

 

 

This one’s for you, Jamieo.