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.