The launch of Sputnik, in October 1957, meant that people had to reimagine their ideas about the Soviet Union–and about space.
On his current tour the folk singer Martin Simpson is singing ‘Palaces of Gold’ to remember the Grenfell Fire victims, both dead and alive. The song was written by Leon Rosselson after the Aberfan disaster.
Mitchell Loeb’s 1947 travel poster was designed in support of a Jewish homeland. With hindsight, ironies abound.
When the Tour De France crossed into Spain in 1974, Eddie Merckx started shouting the three words of Basque he’d been taught by Basque riders. If the police had heard him, he’d have been arrested.
The attack on the World Trade Center, and the coup against Allende’s Chilean government both occurred on September 11th. The two events echo around each other.
Gordon Brown dithered about a snap election and decided against. Theresa May vacillated then called one. Who made the better decision?
Obviously the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra isn’t quite the same without Charlie Haden, who died two years ago. But … More
I collected a small print of Basquiat’s picture Now’s the time from the framers at the weekend. I’d bought it … More
For all the small spliters of optimism from the Paris COP-21 talks (and symbols and rhetoric do matter), the whole … More
Dan Hancox’ The Village Against The World (Verso, 2014) is an account of Marinaleda, the anarcho-syndicalist village (my label) … More