factotum wrote:Michael, your replies make no sense.
No, you just want to try to take it and make into something it isn't.
Why do you respect the Gorseth and not the Kesva/Kowethas?
Because the Gorseth is a group of people who have Cornwall's interests at heart. The Kesva is composed of people who support a construed form of Cornish which implements an aesthetic which rejects the Traditions of Cornwall. Moreover, it has for twenty years attempted to suppress and denigrate anyone who rejected, criticized, or opposed that construal.
The first is a closed self-selecting body, which apart from the spending of any public money it may receive, it not answerable to anyone beyond its own exclusive membership.
Yes, I know. I have asked them to answer a complaint, however.
The Kowethas is also a private club, but its membership is and always has been open to anyone on payment of a few quid per annum.
Some of us won't pay money to an organization as descriminatory as the Cowethas is. I remind you that despite the fact that the Commissioners said that each faction should choose its own representatives to the AHG, the Cowethas and Kesva refused to allow Agan Tavas' choice.
It is also a registered charity (not sure if the Gorseth is?).
So any objections you have regarding the Kesva/Kowethas must also apply to the Gorseth, indeed with knobs on.
All I see here is you blathering about trying to put the Kesva and Gorseth on the same level. It has nothing to do with my complaint.
Looking at the list of winners etc on the Gorseth website, I see generally two enteries in each category with some exceptions in the more popular English language contests.
In previous years the Cornish-language section had winners and runners-up. I maintain my view that this year's selection—and the conspicuous absence of runners-up—reflects a biased intent to support the Kesva and Cowethas only and to say to the world that no other books of merit appeared in the Cornish language in 2009.
It looks therefore as though having chosen two joint winners in the Cornish language contest, the judges saw no need to include any runners-up.
And so decided to exclude mention
of a 60,000-word novel among other publications? Sorry, Keith. I don't believe that.
The slot had as it were been taken.
You would have us believe that there is a quota of awards?
But that is simply my interpretation. We don't know the official explanation, since you didn't bother to ask for it before going public.
I reject your view that I am or was or should have been obliged to deal with this matter by keeping it secret. As I have said, the Gorseth operates in public, and this year, in my view, they have done the Revival a disservice.
The normal, polite and acceptable apporach would have been to have sought an explanation privately (there may be a very simple reason, or indeed it may simply have been an oversight) before sounding off in public. They have had no chance to explain, apologise, make amends or anything else. Indeed your behaviour is almost guaranteed to antagonise them.
I disagree with your view. I am regularly the recipient of abuse and dismissal and hostility from a number of people who support KK, who wanted the Commissioners to choose KK, who assumed indeed that the Commissioners would choose KK, and who would, I am sure, like nothing better than for those of us publishing with Traditional Orthographic forms would just go away. You yourself have never had a nice word to say about any of my publications. This is not the way a member of the Revival should be treated. It is my view that this year's awards, by giving no notice whatsoever to over a hundred thousand words of Cornish, a bias hitherto-unseen in the Gorseth is evident.
This is a carbon copy of the way you went into print over the poor technical quality of many KK publications, without making any attempt to discuss the matter with the persons and organisations responsible. This produced (a) resentment, and (b) a bunker attitude, making them disinclined to listen to my own and others' internal advice and criticism. But no doubt this was exactly you intention --- wrecking tactics.
The resentment and bunker attitude has been evident on the part of since Nicholas' talk in Lostwithiel. Your lot were outraged because anyone dared to show that the fundaments of KK were faulty. Your house of cards wrecked itself, as it was not built on a sound linguistic basis.
In any case you know fullwell that the Gorseth never recognised UCR in its competitions, the very reason, I understand, for Williams' resignation. They probably consider KS to be equally divisive, but why not let them answer for themselves?
I am in communication with them. It's you who are doing all the guessing.