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What this is all about -

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...

The Clarion Club

The Clarion Club Oh! Who rides by day and night, roundabout, Tinkling their bicycle bell? Hark how they near us with cheering shout,...

Why am I striking?

Why am I striking? Because we are being exploited. Because our care is being exploited. Those daily moments of care: that chat after...

Rodborough Walking Football

Rodborough Walking Football: The Sun Shines on the Righteous When I was a kid, I lived for football. Kicking a ball against a wall,...

Happy Wednesdays

Happy Wednesdays It must have been 1965, We were having a lunchtime kick-about. ‘It’s Good News Week’ by Hedgehoppers’ Anonymous Was...

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me A Rees-Mogg up a gum tree. On the second day of...

On Reading Born in Blackness

On reading Born in Blackness when sitting on the sofa in Stroud Some insights developed from reading Born in Blackness, Africa, Africans...

The Ghost Pub Pilgrimage

The church bells were ringing as I set forth On the first day of my pilgrimage Through parts of the parish of Rodborough: A Cotswold...

Football Boots

You called on Christmas Eve afternoon, Carrying an unwrapped parcel, A gift brought from memory lane: David Dangerfield’s dad’s football...

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough ‘Enough is Enough!’ Don’t think about semantics, axioms Tautologies and self-evident truths, When you read the phrase,...

RMT Picket Line

RMT Picket Line Gloucester 18.8.22 We initially numbered thirteen or so outside the station, Not so much a last supper at lunchtime, As a...

The Next Station is Solidarity

The Next Station is Solidarity I got up early and got the bus, To join the ASLEF Picket Line, At Gloucester, 30 July 2022: It can be...

A Ghost Pub Pilgrimage

A Ghost Pub Pilgrimage through Stroud and the Five Valleys Raising funds for the Trussell Trust in September Walk and/or bicycle your...

Close Season Nostalgia

1960-61 Close Season It was all so just so Just William perfect: Egg sandwiches, crisps and lemonade Tucked into your duffel bag,...

A Stroud Broadsheet for Tolpuddle

A Stroud Broadsheet In the year of our Lord, 1649, England became a republic, And that word: ‘Commonwealth’ (‘In the beginning was the...

We Demand Better

TUC Demonstration 2022 ‘We Demand Better’ The ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ is a misnomer – It’s a Crisis of Capitalism, Or rather, a constant...

Civil War Walk

So, there was Charles with his HQ at Oxford (Having been turfed out of London at Turnham Green), And if he were to retake London, Then...

Pandaemonium and Stroud Scarlet

Pandaemonium or Paradise Lost: 'There stood a Hill not far whose griesly top Belch'd fire and rowling smoak; the rest entire Shon with a...

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