Radical Pub Crawl: Loomsday

A pub-crawl is something I associate
With my youth – indeed, I have never ever
Typed ‘pub crawl’, before, but I am surprised
To find a green line advising me to
Hyphenate and create a compound noun.

The word was never hyphenated
When I used to go on a pub crawl:
There was a noun and there was a verb,
The noun was a sort of synecdoche,
Whilst the verb ‘crawl’ said it all:
The evening started vertical
And ended with a slow, meandering
Horizontal, hands and feet slowly,
Gradually, inching along pavement.

And that was a pub crawl, sampling lots of
Different pints, and different pubs,
Different prices, and atmospheres,
Collecting and clocking the pub names,
The different tastes, strengths and breweries,
In a sort of localised and active
Sociological nuanced survey:
It made you observant through the smoke.

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Echo Chambers – Archibald and Dorothy

Echo Chamber: Voices of Conscience – a sound and photography exhibition marking 100 years of conscientious objection – owes its inspirational existence to Fiona Meadley, Dom Thomas and Ruth Davey. The exhibition includes information submitted by living relatives of Conscientious Objectors from WW1: it was a privilege to contribute to this history, with our performance of the story of Dorothy and Archibald.
The link: takes you to a recording made of Dorothy and Archibald , featuring the voices of Rachel Simpson and Stuart Butler, as they read the words of Alice Butler and Stuart, during the Stroud Book Festival in November 2016.

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Trains and Boats and Games

I was due to meet Andy at Temple Meads: He was coming on the train from Yate, I was coming from Stroud via Swindon (I wanted to call in at the Radical Book Fair, To collect a pamphlet on smuggling), But the signals were down at Parkway, So I sat on a bench outside...

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The Weavers and Workhouse Walk

Also see Angela’s website by clicking here! Well, that was a walk, that was, and even though it’s over, it’s hard to let it go. Well over one hundred people gathered in the Ale House in Stroud for the stroll through Stroud up to the cemetery, and then other...

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Radical History Weavers and Workhouse Walk: August 27th 4-6PM


Saturday August 27th 4 of the afternoone clocke , startinge at Ye Ale House:


Stuart Butler will lead a performative walk through the 18th and 19th centuries, meeting atte Ye ALE House: time for a 4pm drink and a chat about Chartism and the workhouse at the top of town. Then a walk thence, via a history of riots, anonymous letters, mass meetings, strikes, slave owners and the Black Atlantic.

The tour will then reach the cemetery where Angela Findlay, resident of the Cemetery Gate Lodge and artist of the 2009 installations Re-dressing Absence, will lead a stroll around the cemetery to reveal the history of the workhouse and the paupers’ graves.

Visit Angela’s Website by clicking here.

The walk will finish by 6pm, leaving you lots of time for getting ready to go out again.

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Find Another Bath Project and Walk

A message from Richard White: Greetings Walkers and Supporters. A first Sunday walkout for August! Hope you can join me on foot or online. Sunday 7 August 10.00 Meet outside 44 AD Gallery, 4 Abbey St, Bath BA1 1NN A photo walk...

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My Memories of July 30th, 1966

Summer holidays were long then: Eight weeks, And by the end of July, We’d run out of money and run out of fags, And that was the big talking point: We had no fags for the match, No fags, No Embassy, no Number Six, no Gold Leaf. I told my mates of my dad’s jungle...

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