Archive for November, 2006


November 30th, 2006

They’ve left out Panesar, again. Ho hum.

Dead Socialist Watch, #241

November 28th, 2006

Emma Brooke (no relation), “New Woman” novelist (under the pseudonym E. Fairfax Byrne, she wrote A Superfluous Woman, Life the Accuser, and others) and Fabian socialist, who criticised H. G. Wells’s analysis of “the Sex-Question” as being from “an entirely middle-class point of view” and helped to draft the Fabians’ first statement in support of equal citizenship rights for women; born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, 22 December 1844, died in Weybridge, Surrey, 28 November 1926.

This is for Patchen

November 26th, 2006

(The rest of you won’t be interested.)


TCB (Special Sunday Edition)

November 26th, 2006

Here’s Andromache, wrestling with a blue thing on a stick:

Dead Socialist Watch, #240

November 26th, 2006

Ernest Balfort Bax, founder – along with William Morris, Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling – of the Socialist League in 1884; born in Leamington, 23 July 1854, died in London, 26 November 1918.

DSW, #5

November 26th, 2006

Laura Marx, daughter of Karl and Jenny Marx, and an activist in the French socialist movement; born 26 September 1845, died 26 November 1911.

Also her husband, Paul Lafargue, author of The Right to be Lazy, born 15 January 1842, died 26 November 1911.

Shirley Bassey on the Muppet Show

November 26th, 2006

Oh, I’m very pleased to see this again:

Over by over

November 26th, 2006

From tehgraun‘s OBO, as the England 2d innings begins:

If Freddie pulls this off, it will be his greatest feat as a captain so far, but then the only competition for that title is his use of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” to motivate the team into coming back to win the final Test in India earlier this year. I wonder what Johnny Cash tune he’ll be playing now? “How high is the water mamma? three feet high and rising” that is the best the man in black has to say about this sorry business.

Trotsky Clips

November 25th, 2006

Stephen Marks sent me a link to these clips of Trotsky, just in case you haven’t seen them before. We think one of the snippets must be Trotsky getting off the train at Brest-Litovsk, what with all the funny helmets.

Dead Socialist Watch, #239

November 25th, 2006

Simon Bernard, Fourierist socialist, briefly Inspecteur général de l’économie after the 1848 Revolution, founder of the Club Bonne-Nouvelle, in and out of prison at various times, and kicked out of Spain, Belgium and Germany. He lived in exile in Britain, 1851-62, he is most famous for his participation in the 1858 Orsini plot to kill Napoleon III. The political and diplomatic fall-out from the plot prompted Lord Palmerston’s resignation as Prime Minister after the Conspiracy to Murder Bill failed in the Commons. Bernard was prosecuted as an accessory to murder and acquitted by an Old Bailey jury on 17 April 1858. Born in Carcassonne on 28 January 1817, died in the Brooke House lunatic asylum, Upper Clapton, London, on 25 November 1862.

Dead Socialist Watch, #238

November 25th, 2006

Louie Bennett, suffragist (founder and first secretary of the Irishwomen’s Suffrage Federation), co-operative socialist (founder of the Irish Women’s Reform League) and pacifist (founder member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom); born in Temple Hill, near Dublin, 1870, died in  Killiney, also near Dublin, 25 November 1956.


November 24th, 2006

John Barrell on Christopher Hitchens on Thomas Paine in the LRB is quite fun.