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The Venkov Lenin: the Bizarre Fate of a Communist Era Statue January 9, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Venkov Lenin: the Bizarre Fate of a Communist Era Statue

Picture borrowed from Vacilando, a useful source for information on Lewis Carpenter There are some great stories about Lenin statues and busts, including Lenin in Antarctica, a post featured on this blog a couple of years ago. For now though let’s turn to one of the most travelled of all the statues of the man […]

Crowds #2: Speaking to Crowds June 18, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Crowds #2: Speaking to Crowds

W.B.Yeats once wrote that the most important thing for a ‘man’ was, in his day, no longer a sword but a tongue to speak to the masses. Yeats was living in an age when that was still true. Microphones were allowing the amplification of voices and transport meant that a politician or preacher could travel […]

Nationalising Women on the Volga March 8, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Nationalising Women on the Volga

  Beachcombing has been remiss in picking on the Soviet Union recently, his last efforts came in October of last year. However, yesterday’s post on Women Service sparked a memory within a memory and sent Beachcombing running to his book shelves. The work in question was Frederick Bailey’s brilliant Mission to Tashkent. Bailey – a British spy […]

Image: Comrade Lenin in Antarctica October 4, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Image: Comrade Lenin in Antarctica

It was a dull weekend and so Beachcombing is going to give himself a pick-me-up this Monday morning with one of his favourite sports – making fun of the Soviet Union. And what better way to do it than with this fabulous photograph of the southern pole of inaccessibility, the point in Antarctica furthest from […]

Tom Wintringham and Lenin’s Tractor September 8, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Tom Wintringham and Lenin’s Tractor

Of all the intellectual perversions of modern times perhaps none was as bizarre and perhaps none had more serious consequences than the fawning attitude of some western democrats towards the Soviet Union and its satellites from the 1930s to the 1970s. The paeans of nonsense that there were written about Lenin and Stalin now beggar […]

Did Hitler and Lenin Play Chess Together in 1909? July 5, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Did Hitler and Lenin Play Chess Together in 1909?

Chess is sometimes called the ‘Game of Kings’. In modern times, at least, it would be truer though to call it the ‘Game of Dictators’. Such unsavoury individuals as Lenin, Napoleon, Fidel Castro, Colonel Gadaffi and the appalling Che Guevara – coming soon to a dress or a tee-shirt near you – all enjoyed the […]