Tag Archives: Social History

Click..

Screams get closer and louder, shouting and panic from up ahead, they’re straining forward to see; All around the familiar metallic sound, people on their phones click,click,click; They don’t know what else to do, Click, they photograph and they scream, … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Britain

Faded, forlorn the banners of our memories once held high now cast aside, cast down, trodden into the dust by legions of those who came after in ignorance; Even the ghosts have departed this empty husk of a once was … Continue reading

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The Death of Stalin

Sergei Ivanovich was once “tovarich” and hummed along to the “Internationale”, he once was nearly bloodied at at the barricades,mentioned in official despatches he became a Party “hero”; Sergei Ivanovich grew accustomed to snap-heeled salutes in the Kolyma Peninsula,1936 or … Continue reading

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Flicks

Stumbling along wet evening streets glancing at the jigsaw faces from years ago torn and flapping, trying to recall who they were their names erased by years of exile from the beams of projectors piercing the spiralling smoke with their … Continue reading

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Lamentations

Lemonade on the verandah after supper, discussing Rousseau and Voltaire before retiring to the soft embrace of an easy langour; Expecting tomorrow and its harvest of promise,the lush savannah the tall sheaves and sturdy horses, and yet that tomorrow never … Continue reading

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Tram Journey

Silhouettes embark the theatre on wheels, bantering chattering artistes of the verbal trapeze, accompanied by accordions of folding evening papers, keeping time with stone-tablet timetables clattering through blackened railway arches circumlocating city square, its familiar gargoyled spires furtively conspiring with … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco : A Footnote

When production ceases ( and ) the production line rattles to one last final halt , who then shall have the surplus if there is no surplus to be had ? Arising then out of the contradictions of their own … Continue reading

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