Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ralph Winston Fox.

Image below from:Beau Bo D'Or
background to : The Story

*Lost&Found In Hebden Bridge !*
This of course isn't really a Political Blog.If that's what floats your boat,
here is one blogger who has done a rather concise & comprehensive review of all things political in 2009. Plus a few predictions about our fate in 2010.Read&Learn!
I just remembered I haven't sent you the cheque yet for Richmond Fontaine at Bury Met in February I will send soon (my brain had turned to glue these past few weeks!) .Incidentally, The Unthanks Christmas Special has finally surfaced on You Tube (see 1-of-6 videos posted via South America!).I will frieze-frame to try & spot Clive and his blue shirt in the audience!

Oh Dear ßenchers............As A Matter Of Principal , I have decided to end 2009 in chaotic fashion (nothing new here I guess!?).This is a bit of a mish-mash gathered over the last few days.I hope it makes some sort of sense?
George Unthank wrote the above song.'Tar Barrel in Dale'
Off the heads of the guisers
The blazing barrels are hurled
On to the bonfire;
Smoke, sparks and flames swell.
Amidst cheers and rejoicing,
The rites of Old Father Time,
We'll link arms together
Sing Auld Lang Syne........

“He is ignored by the Dictionary of National Biography and Encyclopaedia Britannica. There is no portrait of him in the National Portrait Gallery. He is a man largely without honour in his native town and despite obituary notices in most of the major newspapers, and a memorial service attended by 1,500 people.............."............the only memorial to Fox which exists in Halifax is a small plaque on a bench at Bull Green – on which the date of his death is incorrectly recorded...............[from:]
n.b. The ßench is outside what used to be the main Gents Public Toilet in the town !One the other hand, the Spanish recently put up a monument to him in the town of Lopera where he was killed.Sort of proves J.C.'s point that "a prophet has no honor in his own country". ?

"... they drank all night and were so high in swearing, ranting at the Crosse that they were heard far in the town. Lord Eglington, a Scotch Lord, stood on horseback at T.C door, swearing, ranting, calling for sack, making people drink, 100 were flocking about them, then rid desperately along the Corn-market and light at Crosse, stayd most of the week – men went home with heavy heads and empty purses ......................"

below, a photo taken of Alan today in The Union Cross Pub in Halifax.Nice meeting You & Isobel. We Must Do It Again!

click here to view a wonderful 20 minute long film of Halifax between the years 1951-1965.It's part of the Yorkshire Film onLine Archive.I must go through this film via freeze-frame.See if I can spot myself or, for that matter,Alan Burnett [aka News From Nowhere + Daily Photo Blog + Great Yorkshire Pubs + Fat Dog To The Big Apple ]
Alan , I cant identify this tram journey! Where in Halifax might it be?

Alan, here are some links towards the Great Halifax Marxist Writer&Fighter Ralph Winston Fox. I also have a copy (somewhere!)of an unpublished dissertation I helped research 15 years ago on his Life & an out-of-print copy of one of his novels ,if you wish to borrow?

The Mind can make funny tricks.I was telling a pretty young lady a couple of week's ago that i was old enough to "remember when trams ran in Halifax".she looked at me kinda unbelieving ."Trams stopped running in the 1940's ." I was told. " But they still had many tracks in the road until the 1960's".Which I guess is what i really remembered.................... The moral of this story,the moral of this song is.err...................don't get clever around Pretty Young Female Historians!
[In Other News............] A Big Congratulations To Claire At you have all the photos For Reaching This Milestone.(i contributed to it!)Check Her Blog Out To See The Results Of This Interesting Project.

photo via:Chris Hester / ɹǝʇsǝH sıɹɥƆ's

*This will be my last post of 2009, so Bestest Wishes To All For 2010. May All Your Blogs Be Spotted!*


Brian Miller said...

i hope that you and yours have an amazing new year tony!

ArtSparker said...

A pleasure to know you, sir. Random rules!

Maybe next time you could claim to be the new Doctor Who.

John Hayes said...

Happy New Year from Idaho! Great to see Alan, & loved the tram video--also liked you have all the photos very much.

Renegade Eye said...

I started reading some of the Ralph Fox.

Did you ever meet Ted Grant?

Ronda Laveen said...

Yes, there is a theme in the randomness. Happy 2010 to you, Tony.

Poetikat said...

Who is Ralph Winston Fox? (I'll Google).
Nice to see a good photo of Alan. At first I thought he was wearing a hoodie, but now I'm thinking it's probably a duffel coat.
What are you drinking?

Happy New Year, Tony!

tony said...

I was a member of Militant in Liverpool 1976-1979.I knew of Ted but,sadly, I never met Him.

tony said...

I must have disapointed Alan as i was drinking Lager.Alan (of course) was on Real Ale.

Poetikat said...

I Googled. Fascinating stuff.
By the way, in Googling I determined that Wikipedia pops up first, followed very closely by your own post. Neat eh?

tony said...

That Was Part Of The Intention..........!:)

MJ said...

Happy New Year, Tony!

You'll be ringing it in 8 hours ahead of me.

willow said...

What a great pic of Alan. How fun to meet him in person.

Warm, woolly wishes, to you and yours, Tony, for a wonderful 2010~! ((xx))

Dominic Rivron said...

"... they drank all night and were so high in swearing, ranting at the Crosse that they were heard far in the town." Is it still that good?

Happy New Year!

tony said...

No It Was Bloody Dead!Twas Only Me & Alan In The Place.The Crosse's swearing+ ranting days seems to have passed.....

subby said...

Well done sir! As I aired on Alan's blog; looks like you two had a grand time of it, yes?

But kinda sad about Mr. Fox. Imagine...

Cheers to you and yours for a prosperous new year, tony :)

VE said...

Well, my blog roll starts anew tomorrow. I'd be honored if you participate again in 2010. Leave a comment and you're on the blog roll! Thanks for visiting and commenting in 2009.

DJ Kirkby said...

Happy New Year you lovely man. x

Cinnamon said...

Hi Tony. I don't drop by very often because my computer doesn't seem to like loading your blog- I think I need more RAM or something. But wishing you all the best for 2010 and thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog in the last year.

Candie Bracci said...

Happy New Year Tony!All the best for 2010!

Akelamalu said...

Happy New Year to you Tony - I hope it's a good one for you :)

white rabbit said...

Beau Bo D'Or rocks!!!

Happy new year :D

Coffee Messiah said...

Interesting link and all the best to you and your family!

Remember, once you settle into Italy, if ya need a barista and cook, ya know where 2 find us ; )


Betsy said...

Loved reading your post and Alans about your meeting. That must have really been fun. I have a few blog friends I'd really love to must be a surreal feeling. So, Tony, when are you coming to the states? ;)

Dominic Rivron said...

Just been checking out your links. I'll have to seek out Ralph Fox's memorial bench next time I'm down in West Yorks.

tony said...

here is a photo of the Bench in Bull Green.