Archive for December, 2006

Dead Socialist Watch, #245

December 27th, 2006

Ada Chew, trade unionist, ILPer and suffragist, who became paid organiser for the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in 1912. After the war, she ran a successful mail-order wholesale drapery line. Born Audley, Staffordshire, 28 January 1870, died Burnley, Lancashire, 27 December 1945.

Dead Socialist Watch, #244

December 26th, 2006

Catherine Barmby née Watkins, utopian socialist and feminist, writer for the Owenite New Moral World, married Goodwyn Barmby, one of the founders of the Communist Church. “Together”, says the ODNB, “the young couple travelled the streets of London in the early 1840s with a hooded cart from which they dispensed communist tracts and harangued startled passers-by”. In 1843 she issued her Demand for the Emancipation of Women, Politically and Socially, having earlier called for the People’s Charter to be amended to include the enfranchisement of women. Born in 1816 or 17, died of asthma and consumption in Topsham, Devon, 26 December 1853.

And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was

December 25th, 2006

Happy Christmas. Enjoy what’s left of the Winterval.

[Image from the Brick Testament, of course.]

DSW, #179

December 18th, 2006

Eduard Bernstein, German social democrat, born 6 January 1850, died 18 December 1932. Some texts are available here.

Dead Socialist Watch, #243

December 14th, 2006

Herbert Burrows, leading propagandist for Hyndman’s Social Democratic Federation, organiser (with Annie Besant) of the match girls strike of 1888, and later an active member of the Theosophical Society. Born Redgrave, Suffolk, 12 June 1845, died in London, 14 December 1922.

Dead Socialist Watch, #242

December 13th, 2006

Ella Josephine Baker, civil rights organiser, socialist, and veteran of the YNCL, WPA, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, MFDP, SCEF and MPOC; born Norfolk, Virginia, 13 December 1903, died New York City, 13 December 1986.

DSW, #64

December 6th, 2006

Frantz Fanon, international revolutionary and author of, among others, The Wretched of the Earth. Born in Martinique, 20 July 1925; died in Bethesda, Maryland, 6 December 1961.

DSW, #63

December 6th, 2006

Louis Blanc, French socialist: born 29 October 1811 in Madrid; died 6 December 1882 in Cannes.

Artistic Preferences

December 5th, 2006

As I get older, I get less and less interested in painting and more and more interested in architecture. Is this usual, or is this just me?

This is sort of appropriate, in a pretentious kind of a way

December 5th, 2006
Einst, o Wunder! entblüht auf meinem Grabe,
Eine Blume der Asche meines Herzens
Deutlich schimmert auf jedem Purpurblättchen:

Friedrich von Matthisson, made famous by Beethoven, over here.


December 5th, 2006

From tehgraun, earlier this morning:

“This feels like watching England’s footballers take penalty kicks,” says Erik Hogstrom.