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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...

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...

We've Got Our Club Back

‘We’ve got our Club back’ It’s a great feeling when you feel and say this, The years roll back and you’re young again, Walking through...

Stroud and Abolition Aftermath

Stroud and Abolition after 1834 (Derived from a reading of Slave Empire How Slavery Built Modern Britain Padraic X. Scanlon) I’m sure you...

East India Company Walk

East India Company Walk The information boards at Chalford intrigue, Because of the lack of information: At Chalford Vale and along the...

Radical Road Trip

Radical Antiquarians on Tour The Antiquarians’ Road Trip Plus ca change Look! There’s Mr Jingle and Mr Pickwick in Stamford, A town...

It's Coming Home

England v Ukraine When the working class was first given the vote, The Home Secretary said: ‘We must educate our masters’; The result was...

Coming Home

I wrote these about twenty years ago and dug them out as museum pieces from an age before social media, UKIP, Brexit, and BLM. But...

 
 

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