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Also, thanks to others that have volunteered so far. Financials will be presented. Changes in catering charges are proposed for the new year so a number of options have been looked at. Members voted on a staying in our room with current caterer with price increase, b staying in our room with alternative caterer at current price or c moving to the Rotary Youth Centre with an alternative caterer.
Option c was chosen. Dawn will co-ordinate catering for Jan-Mar at the current cost while alternatives are explored. We will need to move the regalia and ensure early arrivers start getting tables and chairs set up so the attendance committee workload is not increased.
We have to put tables and chairs away after the meeting. Turned out to be Golden Eagle. In a new partnership, Panhandle Productions, was formed to take over an essentially bankrupt festival. Why Panhandle — they would either succeed or be panhandling for cash. In the early years attendance of 15, was the norm but the last 2 years have seen sellouts of 25, a day.
Larry offered demographics and item counts from a small survey done recently. More important than the number of campsite marker flags 27,portable toilets or even number of performers on 5 stages is the relationships the festival has built.
City Police — comprehensive emergency plan, mutual concern for a safe and secure site, co-operation of all emergency services Sponsors — engagement with sponsors builds excitement and the festival brand.
There are many strong, long term relationships Media — in the early days the media was skeptical of the festival achieving success so pre-payment was the norm for their services and little support was offered.
Today the media are true partners in the festival and offer lots of extras Fans — some fans have been ticket holders for 20 plus years and are now passing their seats on to their children. When he speaks, his voice trembles: Nato came and that's why people survived.
He showed such support to a suffering people. When Blair visited the Kosovo capital Pristina in JulyTonibler Sahiti was one of the nine boys on stage to greet him. They were lined up on stage, waving their hands from side to side in time to We Are The World. There was a crowd of several thousand at the open-air event, some waving union jacks, amid signs proclaiming Blair a "leader, friend and hero". The man himself stood behind the boys as they sangand behind him was a backdrop featuring a giant image of his face.
There are others who did not attend the ceremony. One Tonibler arrived in Pristina after the show was over and is said to have been inconsolable; a few more were invited but did not appear.
It is not exactly a mass phenomenon, but it is the embodiment of one: The adulation in Kosovo is all the more striking for the contrast to its object's reputation in his home country, where, following the invasion of Iraq, the Blair name is a brand so toxic the Labour party goes out of its way to avoid him.
Sadete's husband, Naser, hid in the woods with the rest of the men from the village, while she took her infant daughter in her arms and her month-old by the hand, and led them through the driving rain across the hills in search of safety. After a hour scramble through the night, they were given shelter in another village, but were forced out into the open again as the Serbian forces advanced. They were looking down on us from on top of armoured cars and shouting: You go to Albania!
He was immediately shot and fell," Sadete says. They took every man and boy over 15, and made them kneel in a field. The woman who had lost her husband and son had another son, 20 years old, and she was terrified. She kept begging him to take bread, saying he would be hungry on his journey. They were loaded on to trucks and a bulldozer drove behind them. Sadete Gashi and her daughters marched on and by mid-May reached Pristina, where she had some relatives. It was nearly deserted during the day except for troops and paramilitary groups, who were going from one neighbourhood to another, looting empty homes and collecting the spoils of war.
Sadete found an aunt who was still at home, but her house was full of frightened friends and neighbours. There were plenty of empty homes nearby, however. As a Kosovan, she had to register with the Serbian military authorities and was given a special pass that she was ordered to carry at all times. They were kept awake by gunfire, which seemed to be louder and closer each night, until 11 June, when it seemed to be exploding around them. The fighting finally tapered off as dawn came.
There was a knock on the door and a voice speaking Albanian.
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It was a KLA fighter, telling Sadete and her daughters it was safe to come out. The Serbian soldiers were withdrawing and then we saw soldiers with different uniforms. I could tell they were British from the language.
They came walking down the road.
No words now can describe that feeling. The vivid memory deepened the impression that Blair had gone further than other western leaders to come to their rescue. Others did a lot. Naser, who survived the war hiding in the woods, teaches physics.
He will be 13 this October and is tall for his age — he looks at least a year older — fresh-faced and bright-eyed, with thick, brown hair. He is even starting to look like Tony Blair!
But less than yards from the long line of Warrior armoured cars baking in the sun were reminders of why they had come. Scattered among the villages were hundreds of freshly dug graves for victims of atrocities committed by Serbian paramilitaries. More than 10, people were killed. Milosevic had ordered many of the bodies to be dug up and taken away by the departing Serbs in a clumsy attempt at a cover-up of his crimes.
The bones are still being unearthed in Serbia today. In retrospect, that bright shining day in June, with Kosovan children thronging around smiling, sunburned squaddies, was the high point for humanitarian intervention.
It is the one other place on Earth where there are boys named after Tony Blair. On closer scrutiny, the Kosovo mission itself was far from clearcut. Western leaders, including Blair, made their plans on the mistaken assumption that a few days of aerial bombardment would convince Milosevic to call off his plan to drive both the KLA and the Kosovans out of the province. But there was much more at stake. Serbs saw Kosovo as the cradle of the nation. Few of them wanted actually to live there, among the despised Albanians, but they were prepared to fight bitterly not to lose it.
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When Nato bombed, Milosevic stepped up his operation. Three-quarters of the prewar population of 1.Big Valley Jamboree Disaster Heartfelt Press Conference
Half a million found shelter inside Kosovo's borders, hiding in the woods or in abandoned homes;ended up in refugee camps in Albania and Macedonia. With no plan B, Nato dithered. The bombing campaign was expanded to the rest of Serbia including the capital, Belgrade, but dropping high explosives from high altitude is a blunt instrument. About civilians were killed, half of them Serbian and half Kosovan, "collateral damage" as a result of mistakes and poor intelligence.
The television centre in Belgrade was destroyed, as was the Chinese embassy, with the deaths of three Chinese citizens. In the face of these incidents, Tony Blair flew to Washington on 21 April to try to convince President Clinton to lead a ground invasion of Kosovo.
Before the president's resolve could be put to the test, however, Milosevic abruptly capitulated. On 3 Junehe accepted a peace plan allowing a Nato-led Kosovo Force, K-For, to garrison the territory and safeguard the return of the refugees. Salvation had come at the darkest hour, but it would be hard to describe the ensuing 15 years as a happy-ever-after.
Those who can remember the Milosevic era are grateful simply to be living in peace in their home villages and towns, but even for them the discontents of freedom are beginning to weigh heavier. The varied childhoods of the Toniblers and Blers tell the story of Kosovo in all its joys and disappointments. But for their generation, just being alive and free will no longer be enough. A few minutes' drive from Tonibler Sahiti's home is a constant reminder of the truncated nature of Kosovo's independence.
The town of Mitrovica is divided between Serb and Kosovan quarters by the river Ibar. A Serb enclave between the town and the Serbian border has never recognised Kosovo's declaration of independence, and continues to look towards Belgrade. It remains one of Europe's most volatile flashpoints, driving away trade and allowing distrust to fester in its place. We thought there would be more work and we thought that the international community would do more to reunite Mitrovica.
Because it is so divided, it has the lowest investment of anywhere in Kosovo. Most live in enclaves south of Mitrovica, where some have been victims of reprisals, and Serbian Orthodox churches have been destroyed or vandalised.
Such attacks have now tapered off and the southern enclaves have gone some way towards integration with the rest of Kosovo. Last year, the EU brokered a deal between Belgrade and Pristina in which the northern Serbs would have their own police and courts under a Kosovo state umbrella.
But the deal did not go as far as Serbian recognition of Kosovo's sovereignty. Bler Thaqi was last year named the best under footballer in Kosovo.
That is the sovereignty deficit that is of most concern to the most sporting of the Blair boys. Last year, Bler Thaqi was named the best under player in Kosovo, and in January he went to a training camp hosted by the Turkish team Galatasaray. But Bler's dreams of kicking a ball for a living depend very much on recognition. Maybe there would be greater opportunity if a foreign trainer came here to check for talent.
According to the coach of his youth side, he is by far the most disciplined member of the team.
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That was evident at a recent training session in his home town, the Pristina suburb of Obilicwhere the year-old Bler showed limited patience for the Guardian's photographer getting in the way of his drills. Like most of his young namesakes, he was conceived in the face of near-extinction. During her pregnancy, his mother, Remzije, slept rough in the forests for two months, trying to escape Serbian mortar fire with her husband, their year-old daughter, Ajtene, and their six-year-old son.
To get food, they would have to walk three or four hours through the woods to a KLA-held village, under constant threat of sniper fire and shelling. They ended up in a refugee camp in Macedonia, but by the time Remzije gave birth to a new baby on 4 Augustthey were back in Kosovo. It was his father, who died three years ago, who insisted on naming the infant after Tony Blair. In Yugoslav days, the town filled with blocks of flats for the workers for the two massive power stations that dominate the skyline.