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2on2sday HOA test

I haven’t used Hangouts on Air (HOA) for some time because of my illness and this was a test show preliminary to a regular Tuesday afternoon 2on2sday show starting Jan 13 at 2pm GMT insh’Allah. Below you can see the completely unscripted and unedited test run today. I played the whole thing of the cuff, … Continue reading

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Ukraine 1941 and 2014

From the Morning Star: The little-known history of the Ukrainian Galizia Division, May 15, 2014. How did the military idols of today’s Ukrainian neofascist right come to be buried in a cemetery in Staffordshire? In Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, the German military cemetery holds the remains of many thousands of German and Austrian POWs from both … Continue reading

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Russian Stalingrad 3D movie now on general release

But Bradford’s not showing it on the IMAX Screen. The nearest IMAX showing is at Birmingham Cineworld. Cineworld – Bradford Vicar Lane, Bradford Leisure Exchange, Bradford ‎11:25‎  ‎14:30‎  ‎17:30‎  ‎20:30‎ Showcase Cinemas Leeds Birstall, Gelderd Road, Batley ‎21:55‎ Bradford showings are not IMAX Why Stalingrad should always be called Stalingrad In 1961 they renamed the city Volgograd because … Continue reading

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Thatcher had secret plan to use army at height of miners’ strike | Politics | The Guardian

Thatcher had secret plan to use army at height of miners’ strike “Papers released to the National Archives reveal that in 1984 the prime minister made preparations to use troops to move coal to power stations. “Margaret Thatcher was secretly preparing to use troops and declare a state of emergency at the height of the miners’ … Continue reading

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Come back tomorrow . . .

… for the best and worst of 2013. Next day for 2014 hopes and fears. Happy New Year! Though the images in the slideshow above may not all come from the past year, they are all relevant to what happened during that year for me. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Russian Revolution!

Click HERE to pause or play audio “Comrades, the workers’ and peasants’ revolution, about the necessity of which the Bolsheviks have always spoken, has taken place. “What is the significance of this workers’ and peasants’ revolution? “Its significance is, first of all, that we shall have a Soviet government, our own organ of power, in … Continue reading

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Mark Steel: To call Labour ‘Stalinists’ for proposing regulation is beyond absurd – Comment – Voices – The Independent

Some people might react to the energy companies raising prices another 8 per cent by saying, “It shouldn’t be allowed.” If you’re one of those people, you should be aware that you’re like Stalin. Because after Ed Miliband’s speech in which he said he would freeze energy prices for a while, he was attacked for … Continue reading

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July 5: The Stalin Play is now nine plays!

July 6 update: Includes full playback of Theme from M*A*S*H What a busy day it’s been! First thing, I wrote a new song (Bits of Paper) and began working out a suitable melody. Then I spent much of the rest of the day splitting up the monstrous chronicle of my seven-hour play about the life … Continue reading