History

The Moral Economy

Remember the moral economy? Back in the 18th century when Citizens would register anger At unjust wages and unfair prices With protests, demonstrations, gatherings, Rioting, strikes, and beating pots and pans In a cacophony of rough music, With carnival skimmington processions, And letters to the landlords and the rich With a repertoire of collective dissent. This was the expression and practice Of the moral economy at work and play: The belief in ethics and morality, In justice, fair play and commonality, Rather than the ‘laws’ of supply and demand: The red in tooth and claw market forces Of profit-seeking capitalism. Remember William Blake: ‘To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower’? … The Heavens, the Long Table, Doverow Hill, Juniper Hill, Cirencester Park, Food banks, the cost-of-living crisis: Once more the moral economy Is confronted by the search for profit. What next in the repertoire of dissent, From the proud traditions and heritage Of the moral economy? What next?...
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Toll Houses and Turnpike Gates

Toll Houses and Turnpike Gates There’s no rhyme or reason in my turnpike, Toll house and mile post investigations, I just walk or ride out on a whim, But recording rather than re-imagining the past, Just like a true old school antiquarian – Armed with my 1967...

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A People’s History

  A People’s Local History I thought it would be a great thing to try and stimulate a collective writing of a People’s History: a textual tapestry of life, work and landscape around Stroud, the Five Valleys and the county in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries (and...

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Creative Writing Guide

A GUIDE TO WRITING YOUR OWN If you fancy it, here’s a practical easy guide to creative writing. (If any readers are into the intellectual side of all this slipping through wormholes of time stuff, and fancy some prompts about psychogeography, Radical walking and the...

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