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The Ambridge Socialist: who are the Ambridge Republicans?

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2016 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist
Weekend special 24th April CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266

The real Borsetshire Echo: 65 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Who are the Ambridge Republicans?

Ambridge has embarked on another of its periods of grovelling to Royalty. Much was made of course of the recent ‘clean for the Queen’ activities in the village but HM’s 90th birthday will see an extended Forelock tugging exercise in Ambridge.

We already know that Lynda Snell and Bert Fry plan to open their new gardens to ‘celebrate’ the 90th birthday of Ms Windsor but we suspect this will turn out to be one of the less objectionable features of the Ambridge Royalty fest.
On 21st April at a meal to celebrate Elizabeth’s birthday with the core Archers dynasty present a toast was, of course, raised to the other Elizabeth, the aforementioned Mrs Windsor.

Meanwhile the Ambridge Socialist has been searching out the Ambridge republicans. This small but principled group of people deserve recognition at such a difficult time.

The Professor: we know from the Royal Jubilee events in Ambridge in 2012 that Jim is a confirmed republican. Indeed he was labelled by the BBC at the time as a ‘republican and an anarchist’, though we are far from sure if he is actually a supporter of the shadowy ‘Archers Anarchists’

Jazzer: recently victimised and unfairly sacked by Tom Archer, Jazzer has a healthy dislike of authority including Royalty

Pat Archer: Pat has other matters on her mind currently, but she is thought to be a principled if, these days, quite low key republican

The Ambridge Socialist poil

In other news
Adam has mentioned profit at a Borsetshire Land Board meeting. Brian is in full agreement with the idea.
Lillian has been testing mattresses with Justin
Craft Beer in Ambridge will appear shortly


London Socialist Historians conference, 100 years since 1916 Easter Rising: agenda

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2016 by kmflett

London Socialist Historians

100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising

Saturday 30th April, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London WC1

Wolfson Room NB02, lower ground floor conference area

Admission free, donations towards costs welcome
1916 Agenda

Midday: registration

12.30pm Start & introduction, Keith Flett


Chris Bambery: Was the Easter Rising doomed from the start?
Cathy Bergin: ‘The Irish fight for liberty is the greatest Epic of Modern History’: The Irish revolution and African American radicals.”
James Heartfield: 1916: The Rising and the British Empire
John Newsinger: Sylvia Pankhurst, the Easter Rising and the Woman’s Dreadnought


Close: 4pm


Campaigners say Corbyn may have given Obama tips on beard growing

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

23rd April

Media Release, contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners say Corbyn may have given Obama  tips on beard growing


The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers that campaigns against beardism, prejudice against the hirsute, has said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is thought to have given US President Barack Obama beard growing tips when they met in London on Saturday.

Mr Corbyn six times winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award is one of Britain’s best known political beard wearers along with Tory Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb.

Beard Liberation Front organiser Keith Flett said, President Obama is serving the final period of his Presidency and it is far from unknown for politicians to grow beards when they leave office to mark a new stage in their careers so we’d expect Jeremy Corbyn to have offered the President a few beard related tips.


Guide to growing a Jeremy Corbyn style beard

1 Do not shave and recycle all shaving equipment immediately

2 The Corbyn organic beard is organic not styled or ‘hipster’. Allow facial hair to develop over a 7-10 day period

3 Wash the facial hair every day and purge any split ends

4 An organic beard grows naturally so do not trim at this stage

5 After 10 days judicious and occasional trimming may be employed. There is a fine balance between a beard that is stylish and one that is genuinely organic

6 Under trimming is better than over trimming. Over trimming may lead to being accidentally labelled a Blairite clean shaven revisionist


St George, Karl Marx & public holidays

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2016 by kmflett

St George, Karl Marx & Public Holidays


Saint George was a military saint and he was a Christian. Plus he has been around as an icon for a long time in English history.

Shakespeare’s Henry V contains the still oft repeated phrase ‘Cry God for Harry, England and St George. As a military and a religious man St George fitted the ideology of the Crusades well

If the reasons for George becoming an English saint, along with being the saint of numbers of other countries, are a little obscure, given the length of time he has been at it he at least has squatting rights to the title.

St George was a soldier in the Roman Army of Emperor Diocletian and was persecuted and killed for refusing to give up his Christian faith.

Given that the Romans had occupied Britain, and that there was some Christianity in the country some kind of connection can be seen.

That said the slaying of the dragon was not a reflection of some ancient English rivalry against Wales but mythic.

It is also possible to see him as a symbol of the oppressed and poor- which was certainly what the majority of Christians were during the time of the Roman Empire.

In the 1890 preface to the German edition of Marx’s Capital, Engels dealt with the case of Professor Brentano, who had accused Marx of making up a quotation from Gladstone in the book. Engels refers to the Professor as the ‘St George of the German Manufacturers Association’ engaged in slaying the ‘infernal dragon’ of Marx.

In 1941 in the Journal of the History of Ideas we find Goldwin Smith writing an article on Marx and St George. On the face of it the piece is a puzzle as it contains no actual reference to the Saint. The point is of course that St George stands for England, and Smith while finding Marx’s ideas interesting concludes that they weren’t really the thing for the English.

There is some evidence that going back to medieval times 23rd April was a feast day as people celebrated St George. Of course the pubs today will no doubt be full of people toasting the dragon slayer with beers of that name or similar.

Why not however make St George’s Day a national holiday?

As the TUC regularly reminds us Britain has far fewer holidays than elsewhere in Europe and while the rest of the UK wouldn’t want a holiday to mark St George they could have one for David, Patrick and Andrew at the appropriate time.

That way the right can celebrate their version of St George, while the left and everyone else can reflect on the great British traditions of Saints Days, feasts and holidays.


Shakespeare: playwright of hirsute subverion

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 23rd April

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Shakespeare: playwright of hirsute subversion


The Beard Liberation Front, the Informal network of beard wearers, has said that William Shakespeare was an early beard liberationist in the way his plays acknowledged the possibility of hirsute subversion.

Shakespeare whose popular image suggests he favoured beards himself wrote complex but ultimately popular plays for a sixteenth century audience.

The campaigners say that Shakespeare’s plays are full both of beards and the possibility of beards to subvert the existing order.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, popular culture has failed to celebrate the importance of Shakespeare’s beard. Now is the time.

Midsummer Nights Dream 1.2


I will discharge it in either your straw-colour

beard, your orange-tawny beard, your purple-in-grain

beard, or your French-crown-colour beard, your

perfect yellow


Macbeth Act One Scene Three

That look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth,

And yet are on’t? Live you? or are you aught

That man may question? You seem to understand me,

By each at once her choppy finger laying

Upon her skinny lips: you should be women,

And yet your beards forbid me to interpret


A brief guide to Beard marination in Beer

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front press release

22nd April

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

A brief guide to Beard marination in Beer

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, which campaigns against beardism, irrational prejudice against the hirsute, has issued a brief guide to how marinate the beard in beer following a discussion about beard styles on BBC Three Counties radio on Friday.

The campaigners say that marinating the beard briefly in beer is preferable for some to using beard oils to reinvigorate tired beard hairs but must be done sensibly.

Step 1: make sure the beard hairs are prepared by washing the beard and rooting out any damaged hairs.

Step 2: buy your beer. More robust beers such as DIPAs and Imperial stouts are best as they impart more nourishment to the beard hairs.

Step 3: choose your glass. A tulip glass is best. This limits the exposure of the beard hairs to the beard compared to the traditional pint glass.

Step 4: carefully bring the beard into contact with the beer. It is not the idea to let the beard swim in the beer. Just the tip of the beard should be marinated.

Step 5: leave the beard in the beer for no more than 30 seconds

Step 6: Remove the beard. If the marinating process has taken place correctly there should be little beer dripping from the beard. It should have gone to nourish the beard hairs.

Step 7: Wash the beard to remove any residual smell and stickiness caused by the marination process.

Repeat occasionally when you feel your beard hairs need extra nourishment







Shakespeare 400: did he have the best playwright’s beard?

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front press release

22nd April

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Shakespeare 400: did he have the best playwright’s beard?


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, which campaigns against beardism, irrational prejudice against the hirsute, has said that with the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare being marked there is renewed interest in whether he had the best ever playwright’s beard.

The campaigners say that for a playwright a beard may provide inspiration and, more practically, something to be tugged when inspiration is lacking.

For obvious reasons there are no photos of Shakespeare’s beard, although his plays abound with hirsute references. There is however photographic evidence of some of the other great hirsute playwrights including Chekhov, Ibsen and George Bernard Shaw.

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, we’re marking Shakespeare’s 400th birthday with a snap poll on which playwright had the best beard in terms of public presence and gravitas. We’ll announce the result at midday on Saturday




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