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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...

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...

Stroud Scarlet and Enslavement

Tacky’s Revolt The Story of an Atlantic Trade War Vincent Brown When making notes from Tacky’s Revolt The Story of an Atlantic Trade War...

For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls There’s an old radical tradition Of beating pots and pans in the street, Making a public din (Rather than a...

Black Boy Clock and Statue Report

Report on the Significance of Blackboy Clock and associated Statue, Blackboy House, Castle Street, Stroud. 1. The Horological...

Get me to the Match on Time

Get me to the Match on Time The day started well enough: a walk to town In the soft light of soft autumnal sunshine, Ridge and furrow...

Tory Culture Wars

Tory Culture Wars I have developed a habit of reading as I walk, And today on my way to walking football, I read the report on the Tory...

Notes on The Brutish Museum

The Brutish Museum: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution Dan Hicks I have chosen selections from this scholarly...

Stroud Strollers

Stroud Strollers: The Sun Shines on the Righteous When I was a kid, I lived for football. Kicking a ball against a wall, Playing in the...

Lancaster and the Slave Trade

What’s in a Name? The Naming of Parts The Grave at Sunderland Point There’s an embarrassment in walking to the grave, Out there at...

Punish the Poor

Punishing the Poor: It’s for Their Own Good Don’t’ You Know? That’s Levelling Up. Punishing the Poor. So here I am in September 2021, In...

REVOIR

REVOIR At Andy’s wake The decades dissolved Immediate recognition Clear memories. But Forest Green! You’ve strayed Adulterously. A...

Horns Road

HORNS ROAD Ye Prologue: The late 19th and early 20th century Saw a red brick suburban terrace street building boom, All over the country...

Stroud Valley Emigration

Emigration from Stroudwater in the 1830s and 40s ('Documentary Fiction') Foreword My emigrant’s passage started in Bisley Along a...

 

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