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Robin Hood & Roj Blake- Rebels against The Sheriff & The Federation

Question: What do the Following things have in common?

  • Robin Hood
  • Roj Blake (of TV prog Blake’s 7)
  • Doctor Who
Robin Hood, Roj Blake & the Rebel Time Lord.. with a guest appearance from Mani


Have you figured out the link yet?

Oh come on..  it’s obvious, right?  No..no..I am not the link..(well, I suppose I could be..)

But really,  they are all mythical or TV characters that are rebels, challenging the norm, attacking atrocities, fighting intergalactic injustices, protecting the innocent, defending the weak!

Robin Hood is said to have fought the Sheriff of Nottingham (a nasty power indulging feudal Lord), and Rob stole from the rich and gave it to the poor. He lived in the Sherwood Forest with his band of loyal rebels!

The Doctor – tv character from the BBC (and one about to celebrate 50th anniversary in 2013) is a rebellious Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who stole a time machine that was ready to be scraped…an old type-40 TRADIS, and ran away from his people…to roam time & space. The Dotor has `always fought evil, where ever he has come across it..’

Roj Blake – another tv character from BBC (Blake’s 7).  Blake was a political idealist, who was arrested, put on trial by the government (The Federation) and brain washed to be a model citizen. The Federation thought bu showing him this way, they’ll destroy the morale of the rebel movement, who fought for freedom.  But Blake’s memories re-surfaced, and he escaped in an alien spaceship nicknamed `The Liberator’, and with a band of (initially reluctant) oulaws, started fighting The Federation.  Their ship’s computer was called `Zen’ and they also had a super intelligent small computer (their equivalent of a laptop I guess) called `Orac’  (short for Oracle!).   Blake was killed by one of his own men…but it was a tragedy of misunderstandings, set up by the Federation machinery!

and then we have…me!

Mani Navasothy – Following the racial riots  in Sri Lanka where my Tamil people were getting killed in thousands by the corrupt government army, I came to UK as a refugee and started again at the age of 15. I have dodged army trucks & tanks in streets, been out on a refugee ship in sea for 3 days (going from Colombo to Jaffna), and survived a midnight attack on our train.   And here in England, as an empowered pagan and a rebel, I am outspoken, challenge whatever system that oppresses people and just keep going..  (started Hern’s Tribe as a rebellious outdoor group for rejects from other pagan groups!)  I have served as an elected Union Officer for 2 years full time in the Home Office, years ago, and fought many civil servants’ cases of bullying and harassment by managers.  In the end, it was a fellow Union rep who bullied & attacked me,and that led to …well..that’s another big story for another blog 🙂

-Mani Navasothy