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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...

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...

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...

 

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