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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...

Detained and Explained

Lines scribbled at the MShed June 27th 2021 So there you lie, supine, Edward Colston, A somewhat Ozymandian reminder Of ineluctable...

Get your book out ref

At the end of the day There are no easy games at this level And two-nil is a dangerous lead When It’s a game of two halves But goals win...

Memories are Made of This

Remember when the Likely Lads Wanted to avoid the final score? Well, this was the exact opposite: A twenty first century digital version...

A Stroud Broadsheet

In the year of our Lord, 1649, England became a republic, And that word: ‘Commonwealth’ (‘In the beginning was the Word’), Another...

Requiem for Reg Smeeton

Requiem for Reg Smeeton There are those, of course, in Swindon pubs and streets, And in the purlieus of the County Ground, Who wonder if...

The Colossus of Cecil Rhodes

The Colossus of Cecil Rhodes Statue: A definition of the noun: ‘a carved or cast figure of a person or animal, especially one that is...

A Pandemic Peripatetic

A Pandemic Peripatetic April 2021 Well, I am alone, self-isolating, And here I must remain, This kitchen window my prism, Reflecting and...

Stroud and WW2

“AREA EIGHT” IN THE WAR AGAINST HITLERISM BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL DEFENCE SEVICES AND A.R.P. IN STROUD AND NAILSWORTH By P.R....

Rodborough and Jamaica 1840

Rodborough and Jamaica, 1840: Reimagining Peter Hawker There are several strands and a good few facts In this tale of Peter Hawker and...

Let the Past Speak for Itself!

Retain and Explain Detained and Explained Let the Past Speak for Itself! There will be a series of quick posts over the next few weeks to...

The Reg Smeeton Eulogy

Two Reg Smeetons There might be only one Andy Beck, But there are, of course, two Reg Smeetons: The original Reg from Rawlinson’s End,...

Swindon and the General Strike

Factory Walls Swindon and the General Strike I always thought the Factory walls in Swindon Had a welcoming, warm and friendly feel, Even...

The Andy Beck Eulogy

For Andy There’s only one Andy Beck, One Andy Beck, And that’s the Andy Beck I met in the Wheatsheaf, Who’d just got back from Newport,...

 

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