Archive for the 'mayday' Category

May Day Greetings to the Workers of the World!

May 1st, 2011

Here’s the Leningrad Cowboys and the Red Army Choir singing Those Were The Days (part of the Total Balalaika Show):

British Values Day, One More Time

February 5th, 2011

The people who grouped themselves together under the New Labour brand identity had many, many stupid ideas, one of which was the proposal for British Values Day (also, especially) which they served up from time to time.

But even New Labour’s stupidest ideas aren’t too stupid for the Coalition, which is now making plans to abolish the Virtual Stoa’s favourite bank holiday–May Day–and replace it with a BVD-themed UK Day, appropriately enough in October, when everyone’s beginning to feel cold and miserable.

H/t, Simon.

May Day Greetings to the Workers of the World

May 1st, 2009

The Virtual Stoa May Day archives are here.

May Day Around the World: Oxford

May 3rd, 2008

And here’s the banner that was unveiled at G. A. Cohen’s Valedictory Lecture here in Oxford, photographed by Chris Bertram:

He also got one of me being the Warm-Up Guy over here.

May Day Around the World: Chicago

May 3rd, 2008

Here’s the dramatic hammer-and-sickle effect that appears on the campus of the University of Chicago round about noon on May Day, photographed by Abbi Eichhorn:

[thanks! PM]

May Day Greetings

May 1st, 2008

Happy May Day, everyone!

Here’s the Internationale scene from Bertolucci’s Il Conformista, which was playing in Oxford last week:

[Older Stoa May Day coverage is here.]

May Day Greetings (to the Workers of the World)

May 1st, 2007

Happy May Day!

I’m still in a far-too-busy-to-be-posting-much-of-anything kind of state right now, but the old May Day-themed Stoa posts are on this page, and Dave Osler’s got a suitable joke for us all to enjoy.

In several years of recording Dead Socialists, I still haven’t come across one who died on May Day. I hope this is not accidental (comrade).

And, Americans!, for you, as ever, it is Loyalty Day!

(Actually, “as ever” doesn’t seem to be quite right: wikipedia tells me that in 1921 it started out as Americanization Day, which is even funnier.)

Here in Oxford, of course, we have our own reactionary invented traditions.

UPDATE [11.30pm]: Americans! Here is your annual Loyalty Day Proclamation!

May Day Greetings!

May 1st, 2006

If you’re in London, why not join the March for Workplace Justice?

There’s historical background to the holiday here and here.

Americans! For you, today is Loyalty Day!

On Maypoles

May 1st, 2005

Over at Sharon’s Place.


May 1st, 2005

Remember that today is Loyalty Day. I haven’t found this year’s executive proclamation on-line yet, but it can’t be too long in the pipeline. So go on, all of you: pledge yourself to that flag and (more importantly, since this isn’t Flag Day) to the Republic For Which It Stands.

The comments thread will do just fine as a place to deposit your protestations of allegiance. Go for it.

Best May Day Ritual Ever

May 1st, 2005

Four years ago, PM told me about this custom and practice over at the University of Chicago:

In front of our building [Pick Hall: which used to house the Economics Department] is a lovely abstract sculpture which, at precisely noon on May 1st each year, casts the shadow of a hammer and sickle on the ground in front of the building. As if that weren’t enough, large crowds of students — including anti-communist demonstrators carrying full-sized American flags — gather at noon at the sculpture, to protest its shadow, I suppose.

Re-enactment should take place in a few hours’ time…

A Reminder

May 1st, 2005

May Day falls on Sunday this year. The UK Bank Holiday will be marked in the UK on Monday 2 May. But we should remember that the celebrations should always take place on 1 May, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.

This was a demand of the Brussels Congress of the Second International in 1891, which stressed the holiday’s “true character as an economic demand for the eight hour day and an assertion of class struggle”.

So take tomorrow off work, by all means, but remember that today’s the day.