Archive for April, 2007
Hubert Bland, born in Woolwich, early Fabian, SDFer, ILPer, anti-feminist, pro-Boer-War, etc., 3 January 1855, died 14 April 1914.
Vladimir Mayakovsky, futurist poet, born 19 July 1893, died 14 April 1930.
I want the pen to be on a par
with the bayonet; And Stalin
to deliver his Politburo
about verse in the making
as he would about pig iron and the smelting of steel.
Simone de Beauvoir, born 9 January 1908, died 14 April 1986. Socialist, feminist and existentialist philosopher.
Ernest Bevin, trade unionist and Foreign Secretary; born 9 March 1881, died 14 April 1951.
Willi Stoph, German Communist and leading politician in the DDR; born in Berlin, 9 July 1914, died in Berlin, 13 April 1999.
If any Oxford-based Stoa-readers think they might like a second-hand TV, please get in touch. My old one is just taking up space in the attic now, so we thought it was probably time to get rid of it. I think it works fine. No aerial, though. And you’d have to come and cart it off.
My first attempt to keep worms has failed, after a pitifully short three months, and I have to live with the knowledge that I am a worm-killer.
I think I forgot the elementary lesson that it’s far better to underfeed than to overfeed. They seemed to be doing pretty well when I left, three weeks ago, motoring through whatever we gave them. Thinking that they’d need quite a bit of food in our absence, I went through the fridge and shredded a lot of the remaining vegetable matter into their tub. But instead what’s happened is that a lot of the food in the tub has rotted, and I think the worms have been poisoned by the horrible smelly goo.