Archive for February, 2007

DSW, #75

February 28th, 2007

Olof Palme, Swedish social democrat and prime minister; born in Stockholm, 30 January 1927, shot dead, also in Stockholm, 28 February 1986.

DSW, #74

February 28th, 2007

Friedrich Ebert, German social democrat and first President of the Weimar Republic. Born in Heidelberg, 4 February 1871, died in Berlin, 28 February 1925.

This Made Me Laugh

February 28th, 2007


The linked article (sadly, nothing to do with the image) is here.

Dead Socialist Watch, #264

February 25th, 2007

William Anderson, socialist politician. An activist in the Shop Assistants’ Union and an ILPer, he served as chairman of the party, 1910-13. He married Mary Reid Macarthur of the National Federation of Women Workers in 1911 (who really ought to be in this Dead Socialist Watch, and is going into the database right now). Opposed to the war, he was elected to Parliament for a Sheffield seat in December 1914 and in July 1917 called for the introduction to Britain of soldiers’ and workers’ councils on the model of the Russian soviets. Defeated in the 1919 election, along with other opponents of the war, he caught pneumonia and died shortly afterwards. Born at Findon, Banffshire, Scotland, 13 February 1877; died in London, 25 February 1919.


February 24th, 2007

Tribune reminds me that it’s the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Jarama. Lots of different versions of the song; these are the words sung by Woody Guthrie. You know how it goes; sing along:

There’s a valley in Spain called Jarama
It’s a place that we all know so well
It was there that we fought against the Fascists
We saw a peacful valley turn to hell

From this valley they say we are going
But don’t hasten to bid us adieu
Even though we lost the battle at Jarama
We’ll set this valley free before we’re through

We were men of the Lincoln Battalion
We’re proud of the fight that we made
We know that you people of the valley
We’re remember our Lincoln Brigade

You will never find peace with these Fascists
You’ll never find friends such as we
So remember that valley of Jarama
And the people that’ll set that valley free

All this world is like this valley called Jarama
So green and so bright and so fair
No fascists can dwell in our valley
Nor breathe in our new freedom’s air

Bloody Hell

February 24th, 2007

Scotland: (10) 17
Tries: Dewey, Paterson
Cons: Paterson 2
Pens: Paterson

Italy: (24) 37
Tries: Bergamasco, Scanavacca, Robertson, Troncon
Cons: Scanavacca 4
Pens: Scanavacca 3

Over here. And I foolishly decided to stay in the library, thinking that this would be the least interesting match of the afternoon. Good for the Italians.

DSW, #71

February 24th, 2007

Christopher Hill, author of The World Turned Upside Down and other fine books; born 6 February 1912; died 24 February 2003. (Some sources say 23 February. Hmm.)