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Well, here we are in the snug at the virtual Topographer's Arms. It's where members of Radical Stroud meet and chat and keep good cheer...

A Storm in Every Port Vale

Port Vale versus Swindon It is and was an absolute truth, Universally acknowledged, as well, That our dad had a bad war in the jungle,...

London Radical History Walk

London Radical History Walk Prologue: ‘And when King George’s poll Shall in the basket roll, Let mercy then control The guillotine!’ ‘No...

Supporting both Teams at a Match

Is it possible to support both teams at a football match? I first watched Forest Green forty years ago, And Swindon Town sixty years ago,...

Swindon Town v Forest Green Rovers

My Granny Bingham was born in Stroud in 1891. She married Charles Butler (a carpenter in the GWR in Swindon); they moved to London where...

London Pubs Radical History Walk

London Pubs Radical History Walk Prologue: ‘And when King George’s poll Shall in the basket roll, Let mercy then control The guillotine!’...

Cochineal

Stroud Scarlet and Cochineal Prologue Cochineal: a sessile parasite That lives on the moisture and nutrients of cacti, That die when...

The Wisdom of the Market

The ineluctable, irresistible, Omnipotent, omniscient Wisdom of the market; The impersonal workings Of market forces and their impulse;...

Radical History Board Game

SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY BOARD GAME Rules 1. Make your own board in a Monopoly style, numbering the squares thus: 1-10 on the first side...

Return of History

RETURN OF HISTORY William Ellis aged 12, son of Qualquey Assedew from Guinea, baptised in Stroud in 1801. Through tumbling hills and...

Onesimus

The Speckled Monster Born in 1749, Edward Jenner lived In an imperial, martial, century, When Britannia Ruled the Waves, And triangular...

GARAS

I’ve just counted seventy-four conflicts, In which this country has been involved Since the start of the nineteenth century: This martial...

Clifton and the Enslavement Trails

Walking the streets of Clifton, You can see the consequences Of enslavement compensation, And you can see the triangles of trade Behind...

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night Historians debate the ritual significance of Twelfth Night, The gendered Lord of Misrule, the Rough Music, The Charivari,...

The Great Money Trick

The Great Money Trick (Performed with Matches) Hello and welcome to my company, I’m going to be serious, I hope you will allow me; I’m...

Old King Coal

The Capitalocene and The Anthropocene Old King Coal School history for me, both child and quondam secondary teacher, Was...

SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY BOARD GAME

SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY BOARD GAME Rules 1. Make your own board in a Monopoly style, numbering the squares thus: 1-10 on the first side...

Iconoclasm and Statuary

Iconoclasm and Statuary Sounds pretentious, I know, but I was reading The London Review of Books the other day, Yes, reading, not just...

Sweet Frome Flow Softly

I found her springs near Climperwell, Flow sweet River Frome, And then at Nettleton as well, Sweet Frome flow softly. Walked her path to...

Sleaze and Corruption

I’m writing this only as an aide memoire, Not listing real or imagined examples of sleaze, Or debated details of governmental corruption...

 

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