The Extremist chenin blanc is from the Western Cape of South Africa and one my wife is quite fond of, although she isn’t keen on the wasp logo, if that is what it is.
We used to use a hairdryer to melt the glue to peel the labels off the wine bottles to save in a notebook, but that was very time-consuming. Much easier to simply photograph them
So, eXtremist it is and this area has had its share over the years.
This sunlit scene does not look particularly extreme, but it represents a most sinister eXtremist. It is a photo of Ashton Market Hall taken from the town hall steps and it is said that it was on those steps that British fascism was born.
It was 30 April 1931 and there was a by-election in Ashton caused by the death of the sitting Labour MP. Contesting the ballot was Allan Young, representing Oswald Mosley’s New Party which had been formed on 1 March that year after Mosley had quit the Labour party.
The Conservative won with a 1,415 majority over Labour and a furious crowd on the market ground shouted down Mosley as he tried to speak after the declaration, calling him a traitor and blaming him for Labour’s defeat.
He is reputed to have said to his aide, John Strachey: “That is the crowd that has prevented anyone doing anything in England since the First World War.” Strachey believed that it was this moment that lead Mosley to form the British Union of Fascists in 1932.
It was a popular meeting place for the local Chartists, named after the charter of their demands for one man, one vote and a secret ballot, among other things.
Over 4,000 people attended one such meeting on 28 July 1839, organised by Joseph Rayner Stephens and other prominent Chartists. After dark, the large crowd met with firearms and banners and was of ‘a most violent and inflammatory character’.
They marched into Hyde via Flowery Field and after much shouting and discharging of firearms, the people dispersed in the early hours of the next morning.
Joseph Rayner Stephens was later arrested, tried and found guilty of inciting a riot. He was sentenced to eighteen months in prison but on his release continued to play a major role in the development of Hyde.
X is for Ex, Xi, Xu by Ramblin’ Roger
X-Men at Mrs Nesbitt’s Place
Xenophobia by the Pedalogue
Station X at Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo
Xanax and Xystus at Tumblewords
Xmas Images at the Depp Effect