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Kronstadt 1917


This poem by an anarchist sailor appeared in Vol’nyi Kronshtadt, October 1917.


Come gather beneath the black banner
Men of honour, of struggle and toil,
Come ignite the fires of rebellion
In the hearts of the chained and oppressed.

Awaken your slumbering Russia
Call the people to enter the fight
To strike down the sated bloodsuckers
And cast off the tyrannous yoke.

Go down into the damp cellars
Where the slaves of poverty die
Where echo the moans of the injured
And darkness reigns unopposed.

Go down if your hearts are atremble
If your spirits with goodness are full
Where blood flows like rivers in springtime
And the earth shakes from groans of the poor.

We are tired of this evil tragedy
Of the eternal torments of fate
So advance to the world of Anarchism
To the world of the scared Commune.

Seaman Stepan Stepanov

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Richie Allen Show: The City Of London

Anarchists & Underdogs | 25 Images of Social & Political Graffiti in the UK

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Anarchists & Underdogs | 25 Images of Social & Political Graffiti in the UK

British Culture Archive

Long before the days of social media and online petitions graffiti has been used as an expressive display against the corporate and political powers that be.

When I say graffiti, I don’t mean the multi-coloured three dimensional ‘tagging’ and artwork that you see aside canal towpaths and scrapyards, I’m talking about early graffiti, hand written messages and slogans written by anarchists and underdogs across the county.

I picked up a couple of books on this subject ‘The writing on the wall’ by Roger Perry and ‘Graffiti’ by Richard Freeman. These fascinating books show a number of early images of graffiti from the 1960s through to the 1970s. Amongst the nonsensical written messages and slogans, there are pictures of graffiti addressing racism, capitalism, greed and inequality, daubed across the walls and bridges of our inner cities and suburbs.

These images got me intrigued and made me want to dig deeper and…

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Damo Suzuki meets Imperial Wax at the White Hotel

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LOCATED in one of those patches of bleak post-industrial wasteland that Manchester used to do so well before all the foreign money arrived, the White Hotel is sort of white but it’s certainly not a hotel. The bar, with staff serving drinks from a sunken inspection pit, seems to indicate a former life as a garage. A dodgy garage, knocking out fake MOTs, no doubt.

It’s just over the other side of Bury New Road from HMP Manchester, in the area of Manchester that once gave the prison its name. They like their evocative place names in Manchester, and this is about as Manchester as it gets. Even if we are in Salford. Strangeways indeed.

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On this day: the Barn Fire on Cuckolds Row

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On this day: the Barn Fire on Cuckolds Row

In Times Gone By...

Georgian era memorial to the Burnwell Cambridgeshire puttpet show barn fire. 8th Septemeber 1727.

The original gravestone, restored 105 years ago. X

On the 8th of September, 1727, a fire broke out at a puppet show in a barn in Burwell, England, killing 78 people, 51 of them children.

The fire happened when it was decided to stop more people entering the barn, and so the door was nailed shut. When an extra spectator attempted to watch the show from outside, the candle lantern he was using to see was knocked over, setting the place alight.

Nobody could escape.

On the 26th of February, 1774, it was reported in the Ipswich Journal that:

It is reported that an old man who died recently near Newmarket who just before his death confessed that he set fire to a barn at Burwell, Cambridgeshire on the 8th of September 1727

Barn Fire of 1727

The memorial plaque, unveiled on the 8th of September, 2005. X

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