Archive for April, 2007

Ave atque vale

April 19th, 2007

Hero of the Stoa.

La marche de l’empereur

April 18th, 2007

Over here [thanks , NB]

Dead Socialist Watch, #269

April 14th, 2007

Hubert Bland, born in Woolwich, early Fabian, SDFer, ILPer, anti-feminist, pro-Boer-War, etc., 3 January 1855, died 14 April 1914.

DSW, #24

April 14th, 2007

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.

DSW, #23

April 14th, 2007

Simone de Beauvoir, born 9 January 1908, died 14 April 1986. Socialist, feminist and existentialist philosopher.

DSW, #85

April 14th, 2007

Ernest Bevin, trade unionist and Foreign Secretary; born 9 March 1881, died 14 April 1951.

DSW, #209

April 13th, 2007

Willi Stoph, German Communist and leading politician in the DDR; born in Berlin, 9 July 1914, died in Berlin, 13 April 1999.


April 12th, 2007

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.


April 12th, 2007

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.

Poor worms.

Moab is my Washpot

April 12th, 2007

Apologies for the gap. I was off in the Holy Land with a gang of archaeologists and similar.

The Psalmist also wrote, “Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe” (60.8). Go over the fold for some shoe-casting out over Edom.