23 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Great Money Trick

The Great Money Trick (Performed with Matches) Hello and welcome to my company, I’m going to be serious, I hope you will allow me; I’m here to explain how you get your money: This is serious, it won’t be funny – A lesson about profit and how you ...

12 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Join Labour’s Digital Spread

Join the Digital Army Speak and Write the Truth I grew up in a working-class Tory household, A Daily Express household, So, I know the mindset: Deference and false consciousness: ‘Gawd bless ya, Mr Scrooge’; A generation after A Christmas Carol,...

11 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Liberal Democratic Fascism

When the Daily Express and the Daily Mail tried to control The Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, back in the thirties, He commented in his masculine way: ‘What the proprietorship of these newspapers is aiming at is power, But power without responsib...

11 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Tactical Voting and Conscience

Green Principles, Pragmatism and stopping the Tories in Stroud There are those who say that when they cast their vote, They have to vote according to their conscience, To their ‘principles’, Rather than pragmatically or tactically, Rejecting any i...

09 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Stroud’s Political Spectrum

Stroud’s Spectrum The colours of Stroud’s spectrum are not what they seem: Vote Red: Get Green. And this you know is true: Vote Green: Get Blue. It’s not some fictive story: Vote Green: Get Tory. So keep it real and serene: Vote Red: Get Green...

09 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Jolly Well Vote Labour

Jolly Well Vote Labour: A New Christmas Carol Oh for a new Charles Dickens classic: Jolly Well Vote Labour – No more of that Bob Cratchit toasting Scrooge: "Mr. Scrooge!... I'll give you Mr. Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast!" – In the most comple...

21 Aug 2019 | Radical Stroud

Peterloo and Revolution

REVOLUTION 1819-2019 This was the time when the age of Marx replaced that of Burke, The time when the ‘swinish multitude’ and ‘the mob’ became a working class, When there was not just the economic revolution of school textbooks, But also a presence...

22 Jul 2019 | Radical Stroud

Happy Birthday Thomas Spence

Coming events cast shadows before, Fings are wot they used to be, Not so much a la recherce des temps perdu As deja flippin’ vu: London on Thomas Spence’s birthday, (June 21st 1750) Today June 21st 2019: No need to try and slip through wormholes...

05 Mar 2019 | Radical Stroud

Oakridge Walk February 23rd 2019

‘When vapours rolling down a valley Made a lonely scene more lonesome’, Wrote Wordsworth in The Prelude – Well, we weren’t lonely, a group of ten Walking through early morning mists and fog, Discussing enclosure of Oakridge common land, A death-t...

28 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

A Swindon Town Great War Pilgrimage

A Swindon Town Remembrance Pilgrimage We must have numbered a football team, Umbrellas unfurled at the cenotaph, Where we spoke of Walter Tull and Spurs, And Swindon Town and Northampton Town Footballers who fell in the Great War - The rain provi...

06 Sep 2018 | Radical Stroud

For the Love of a Chartist

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE LOVE OF A CHARTIST STROUD THEATRE FESTIVAL Chartism was a working class movement of the 1830s and 40s that wanted to establish democracy in the country, at a time when only the aristocracy and middle class men had the vote. It...

19 Aug 2018 | Radical Stroud

Chip Shop Walk

Chip Shop Hop A group of us gathered at the corner Bath Road and Frome Park Road, initially in search of the legendary Rodborough Chip Machine http://radicalstroud.co.uk/the-face-that-launched-thousand-chips/ We then flexibly followed the score fr...

07 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

Rodborough Walk

We followed the old way out of Rodborough, taking Kingscourt Road to follow the 1300 Manor boundary. A route of old farmsteads, vanished feudal obligations and lost names. De Rodboroughs and Gastrells, Achards and the Cynnes. Red valerian and plump r...

30 May 2018 | Radical Stroud

Synchronised Global Walking May 12th 2018

It was May the 12th, 2018, Synchronised walking was happening all over the globe Via a shared urban score: ‘Cities tend to start in the middle and spread outwards, thinning as they go… a familiar phenomenology … in the middle of things. But where ...

25 Apr 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Yin And Yang Of Football

It has been said that football is a religion. It is true that for many attending a match can seem like a religious experience. The blind faith that one day your team will reach the promised land (of the Premiership), the sense of belonging, the passion...

08 Apr 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Best Goal I Ever Scored

Alas! George Bowling and George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air: the spot where I scored my best ever goal is now a housing estate. The Best Goal I Ever Scored It must have been 1965, We were having a lunchtime kick-about. ‘It’s Good News Week’ by Hedge...