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SHEDNOTES 167: A belter of a boxing story

The Shed has filed this book recommendation under Great Boxing Stories for Boys: Donald McCrae’s A Man’s World, the story of Emile Griffith punching Benny Paret to death in 1962 for calling him a faggot. For a flavour, see: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/sep/10/boxer-emile-griffith-gay-taunts-book-extract/Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 144: More of As Others See Us

The Shed is offering the following review … Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage is latest in a long line of travellers to explore the West Country and report back to the nation. Simon Armitage: picture by Paul Wolfgang Webster. Already this … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 136: COULD THE NEXT REVOLUTION START IN SOUTH DEVON?

The Shed has a new line, reviewing books with a West Country angle, and for the purposes of cross-references to this blog, needs to post the following. Tom Fort: Watch out Salcombe The writer Tom Fort has just published Channel … Continue reading

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YEAH TO YEAH YEAH YEAH

There is a great pleasure in reading the history of your own times, especially when it is good enough to remind you what you missed.  And Bob Stanley offers great pleasure for almost everybody in Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story … Continue reading

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living for free

Can you live for free in a western-style society? Mark Boyle says he has – and he has talked to others who have done it or come near. He passes on their tips in The Moneyless Manifesto – a follow-up … Continue reading

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An uncivil war

If you want to understand how Skinheads feel about Goths, try reading a Puritan scribbler’s criticism of a painting of an aristocratic Cavalier – contempt dripping from every word (see panel). Tristram Hunt quotes it in The English Civil War … Continue reading

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understanding dogs

   Why does a dog frown just like a scolded child when it feels down and wag so very obviously when it its spirits are  up, while a cat is so inscrutable? Come to that, why are most dogs so … Continue reading

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  Where There’s Muck …   Airedale might sound bucolic but the low end of it is a roll call of old Yorkshire centres of smoke and grime –  Keighley, Bradford, Leeds – and the shape and angle of the … Continue reading

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