Archive for June, 2006

I am delighted to announce that has been chosen to host the Sixth Edition of the Carnival of Socialism on the 9th July.

So, now is the call to arms, your chance to submit the best writings of a leftist bent, be they socialist, socio-communist, communist, anarchist, environmentalist etc. etc. they will be gratefully received, not to mention giving me something good to read during my extended convalescence.

For examples of previous carnivals take a look on the Carnival of Socialism main page or take a look at the Fifth Carnival.

The carnival is obviously only as strong as the submissions of the participants so what are you waiting for, let’s have some rabble-rousing thought-provoking essays and commentaries. You can either give me a link to the pieces on your blog or send me an email (ask for details). And yes I mean you, I don’t care if you don’t normally dabble in political writing you know you want to now.

The convalescence is due to the rather impromptu hospital visit I alluded to earlier and the full gory details of my visit and subsequent recuperation period punctuated by moving house is listed in its gory details on Redbaron2. Suffice to say I remain on the sick for some time but now do so in a new flat.

Right what are you doing still here the time for reading is over, it’s time for writing.

Song Of The Day ~ INXS – Mystify

Original Comments:

jr made this comment,
congrats on hosting the carnival of socialism
-Redbaron responds – Thanks mate, I’m quite honoured really, it’s nice to feel part of things!-

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john made this comment,
Just a little rant that I will publish on Sunday h ttp:// gne_socialist.htm On Sunday link to if you consider it to be worth mentioning. Hope that you are recovering mate.
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Personally I love cricket, I can watch it for days and given the chance I frequently do. The recent Ashes series last Summer, which is a traditional bi-annual series of games between the game’s 2 oldest adversaries England and Australia, had been the best since 1981 and it has opened up cricket to a much wider audience from its traditional solid middle and upper class roots. There have been numerous debates with plaudits from people usually not into cricket who have said that the Ashes series was too compelling not to watch. There has been Andrew Flintoff’s winning of the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2005 and the England cricket team picking up the team award. Cricket had a buzz again, the national team was playing well and the game was becoming a national one again rather than a niche sport.

The ECB had stated that it wants 10% of country to recognise at least 3 of England’s international cricketers by 2008. In 2004 I would say that most people who would not classify themselves as cricket fans would have been hard pressed to recognise any of the England team though most would be able to pick 1981 heroes Ian Botham, Bob Willis and the like from a line-up. Now names like Flintoff and captain Michael Vaughn are household names as are the key players of the foe like Shane Warne, Glen McGrath and Ricky Ponting.

You would think therefore that all might be going to plan especially with an Ashes series coming up at the end of 2006 that promises to be no less competitive than the one just gone, so how does this square with the fact that for the first time since domestic test match coverage on television began there will be no cricket on any terrestrial TV channels because the ECB has just renegotiated the TV rights. This year you have to pay for the Sky Sports package to be able to watch any England cricket match, it will not be available on the free digital channels either which means cricket coverage like live premiership football before it will be exclusively the domain of one company namely Rupert Murdoch’s Sky. Hardly befitting of a national game. Channel 5 is entitled to show a 45 minute highlights program, but it does so at 7.15pm which clashes with news programs, soaps etc.

I am of the generation that remembers BBC cricket coverage where all Test Matches were shown in full as well as the highlights late in the evening. County Sunday League games were often shown as were the county knockout cup games. Cricket was seen by very many as being boring, the old cliché being ‘how can you have a game which lasts 5 days and then ends in a draw?’ The game has changed a little since then, changes in the rules now make 5 day draws considerably less likely and when they do happen they can be nail-biting. The recent Ashes again proved this with England winning one game in the last session when it looked like Australia might miraculously bat all day to save the match, whilst in the very next game Australia did indeed bat all day on the last day to save the match with only 1 wicket remaining.

Obviously it helps if you’re a fan and most peoplemoderately interested would agree that there needed to be a balance in coverage. However the test matches involving the national side are the Blue Riband event and you would have thought they would be prestigious enough to be vital to be shown on free to air tv. By the same token one might say that not everyone is ideologically opposed to getting Sky satellite tv as I am (I refuse to let anything of Murdoch’s knowingly in the house). It is true that these days so many houses have the trademark Sky dish on their outsides and because of the football long having been the domain of the satellite realm many people have upgraded the basic package to include also the sports channels, but a great many people have not.

This current football World Cup in Germany has been typified by the coming together of various nationalities in parks across Germany and watching games on huge public access tv screens which have been erected by the Germans for the event. In the UK every World Cup game has been shown either on BBC or ITV the standard free channels and whilst I am sure that this is something of a nghtmare for the football detesters there are I suspect few who would seriously begrudge the televising of the World Cup.

I guess the only hope is that when the Ashes takes place this Winter in Australia the British will embrace the same spirit as the Germans and put up large screens around receiving Sky Sports so that we can all enjoy it. Somehow I can’t see it happening.

Song Of The Day ~ Booker T & The MGs – Soul Limbo

But the good photographer must take the opportunities handed to him and use the apparatus at hand. Furthermore the writer must make the best of it too. To that end I have started Redbaron2 in an attempt to have somewhere to chronicle such mundane daily events as have just happened away from the political arena that is here. The political will continue apace and be unsullied by the mindless rantings of a anaesthetically-addled idiot.

Song Of The Day ~ Joy Division – No Love Lost

Original Comments:

Pimme made this comment,
This is a first for me: Hospital photoblogging! Hope that whatever you had done went well!

-Redbaron responds – Well the most important thing was that what I had went!-

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