Archive for January, 2007

DSW, #197

January 29th, 2007

Franz Mehring, biographer of Karl Marx and Spartacist, born in Schlawe, 27 February 1846, died in Berlin, 29 January 1919.

Dead Socialist Watch, #257

January 28th, 2007

Ruth Cavendish-Bentinck, suffragist and socialist of illegitimate aristocratic origins;  she moved in Fabian circles; opposed vaccination; and became active in the Women’s Social and Political Union; she later established the Cavendish-Bentinck library for sufragists (now a part of the Women’s Library); and in later years became keen on Stalin’s Soviet Union. Born in Tangier, 21 October 1867, she died in London, 28 January 1953.

DSW, #68

January 27th, 2007

Ben Tillett, trade unionist and one of the leaders of the 1889 dockworkers’ strike; born in Bristol, 11 September 1860, died in London, 27 January 1943.

DSW, #138

January 26th, 2007

Raymond Williams, theorist and historian of culture, born 31 August 1921, died 26 January 1988.

Dead Socialist Watch, #256

January 25th, 2007

Rutland Boughton, socialist composer, born in Aylesbury, 23 January 1878, died in Barnes, 25 January 1960. Achieved success with Midnight, a choral setting of words by Edward Carpenter in 1909; founder of the Glastonbury music festival, which ran from 1914 to 1926; and composer of music-dramas, often inspired by Arthurian mythology and Wagnerian example: The Immortal Hour, Bethlehem, The Round Table, The Birth of Arthur, Alkestis and The Queen of Cornwall. He joined the Communist Party for the first time in 1926, and left for the last time thirty years later. Hyperion occasionally releases recordings of his work, though I haven’t heard any of them.

Wednesday Rhino Blogging

January 24th, 2007

Splendid news, over here.

In other rhino-related non-news, if you consult leading Anglo-dictionaries about the plural of the word “rhinoceros”, you will be able to take your pick from “rhinocoeros”, “rhinoceroses”, “rhinocerotes”, “rhinoceroes”, “rhinocero’s”, “rhinoceri”, “rhinocerons” or “rhinocerontes”. I think this is very fine.

UPDATE [29.1.2007]: See the baby rhino (58kg) walking around over at the BBC.

Make Ruth Turner a Saint Immediately

January 24th, 2007

There’s already an internet petition, over here.

Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty

January 24th, 2007

Quite a good piece in the English Spiegel magazine.

Dead Socialist Watch, #255

January 24th, 2007

John Burns, socialist politician and Liberal MP. Apparently converted to the cause of socialism by reading Mill’s Principles of Political Economy, Burns was a member of the Social Democratic Federation, and one who pursued parliamentary strategies after that organisation split. Briefly jailed in 1887 after fighting with police in Trafalgar Square and elected to London County Council in 1889 for Battersea, Burns became famous for his oratory during the Dockers’ Strike, and in 1892 was elected MP for Battersea. Sticking with the Liberals, rather than join Keir Hardie’s ILP or the Labour Representation Committee, Burns entered the Cabinet in 1906 as President of the Local Government Board, though his six years there were undistinguished. Briefly President of the Board of Trade in 1914, he resigned from the Government on the outbreak of war, believing that Britain should stay out of European controversies. Born in Lambeth, 20 October 1858, died in Wandsworth, 24 January 1943.

Dead Socialist Watch, #254

January 23rd, 2007

Paul Robeson [also], American actor, singer, anti-racist and socialist; born in Princeton, NJ, 9 April 1898, died in Philadelphia, PA, 23 January 1976.

Paul Robeson sings the Hymn of the Soviet Union here.

TCB (Special Monday Edition)

January 22nd, 2007

We haven’t had a picture of Enkidu for a while. Here he is, in his favourite Place.

Dead Socialist Watch, #253

January 22nd, 2007

Elizabeth Andrews, suffragist and socialist; she organised the Co-operative Women’s Guild in the Rhondda, 1910-19, and was later Labour Party women’s organiser for Wales. Born in Penderyn, Glamorgan15 December 1882, died, also in Glamorgan, 22 January 1960.