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blake-and-sco · 7 days ago
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As Wiltshire has Stonehenge, we in Northumberland have on the Simonside Moors (home of the Dueger) Thompson's Stone, also known as the Holed Stone or the Solstice Stone. On or close to the eve of Summer Solstice the hole lines up directly to the setting sun.
For more information: A Holed Stone on Spy Law Beacon, The Holed Stone on Simonside, Evening Chronicle, and A Northumberland Summer Solstice.
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blake-and-sco · 2 months ago
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On this day, 24 April 1932 the Kinder Scout trespass took place in the Peak District, UK, when hundreds of young workers walked on private land. Most of England’s beautiful countryside was (and still is) owned by wealthy landowners, who forbade public access to the land. This caused great anger, especially for urban working class young people who enjoyed rambling in the countryside. So a plan was hatched to assemble a group so large that gamekeepers would be unable to prevent them walking to the Kinder Scout peak. Leaflets were distributed around Manchester reading things like: “If you’ve not been rambling before, start now, you don’t know what you’ve missed. Come with us for the best day out that you have ever had”, and calling on workers to assemble on April 24. A key organiser of the event was Benny Rothman, the child of Romanian Jewish immigrants, who was active in the communist-linked British Workers’ Sports Federation. 300-400 people assembled, and a whistle was blown, signalling the group to try to run past the army of gamekeepers who were armed with sticks. After scuffling with gamekeepers, the ramblers successfully passed them and climbed the peak singing socialist anthems like The Red Flag. After the walk, six young workers were arrested, including Rothman. The defendants, who were mostly Jewish and working class, argued that urban workers should have the right to enjoy and “fresh” and “a little sunshine”. But the jury of mostly aristocrats and military officers disagreed. The ramblers were convicted and imprisoned for upwards of six months. The harsh sentences spurred further support for the right to roam. And in the early 1950s, the Peak District, including Kinder Scout, became Britain’s first National Park. * If you enjoy our social media posts, do check out our podcast! You can listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, like Apple, Google, Spotify, or on our website at https://workingclasshistory.com https://www.facebook.com/workingclasshistory/photos/a.296224173896073/1971356029716204/?type=3
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blake-and-sco · 2 months ago
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the st george’s day google doodle is adorable??? 
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blake-and-sco · 3 months ago
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Heard of Benjamin Lay?
Benjamin Lay, born in England in 1682, was one the the first known white radical abolitionists* - but was one of the many people with dwarfism that history left behind.
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Avid protestor and author of All Slave Keepers that Keep the Innocent in Bondage Apostates, Benjamin Lay was shunned by his community after calling the church to cast out slave owners*.
"His time at sea, and particularly his experiences in Barbados, fueled his hatred of slavery and he later became notorious for theatrical protests at Quaker meetings. In one spectacular demonstration, in 1738 at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, he hid a bladder, filled with red juice, inside a book, before running his sword through the text and spattering ‘blood’ on the stunned slave-keepers present." *
Not only was Benjamin Lay penalized in life - shunned by his community, denied access to community meetings and his right to marriage* - but he was yet another disabled person history books left out. You can read more about him in Marcus Rediker's The Fearless Benjamin Lay (2017).
*Reference: The Fearless Benjamin Lay: Activist, Abolitionist, Dwarf Person by Eugene Grant (2018)
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blake-and-sco · 4 months ago
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i shouldnt be allowed to draw blakes anymore
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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Singer Sargent’s fruity little man is forever on my body now
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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1917 // Munich: The Edge of War
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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somebody free george mackay from the shackles of war films
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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1917 dir. Sam Mendes | 2019
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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George MacKay in the MUNICH - THE EDGE OF WAR (2021) Netflix teaser trailer. (1 / 2).
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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Me when George Mackay plays a soldier in a film
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blake-and-sco · 5 months ago
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I would like to wish everyone an uneventful new year
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blake-and-sco · 6 months ago
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George MacKay and Jessica Barden in THE OUTCAST (2015). 
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blake-and-sco · 6 months ago
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blake-and-sco · 6 months ago
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History & favourites | moments in time: The Christmas Truce of 1914 
Leading up to Christmas 1914, the first-holiday season since the start of the first world war, Pope Benedict XV called for a truce on both sides to celebrate Christmas. This was refused by warring countries however, along the western front there was some short-lived ceasefire and unofficial truces.
On Christmas Eve British and German soldiers sang Christmas carols to one another across enemy lines. On Christmas Day allied forces saw German soldiers leave their trenches and cross no man’s land, fearing this was a trap the allies were sceptical until they saw the Germans were unarmed. The two camps met at No Man’s Land, shook hands, collected their dead, exchanged gifts and there are even reports they played football. This was not the first time there was an unofficial truce but would be one of the lasts. 
The Christmas truce happened relatively early in to the war and any attempts at a truce the next year was quashed by officers. Even if officers hadn’t intervened, the hostility between the allied and central powers had grown, too much blood was shed for friendly fraternisation, the old ways of war where chivalry was a custom was over. Europe had entered a new age of warfare.  
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blake-and-sco · 6 months ago
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