Sheep in the Road: vol 2

AlfRodchenko

A second volume of a set of sorts containing all sorts ... originally intended to be from the mumblings, imaginings, wanderings and ramblings of one of the sheep in the the road, to the hiding and skulking rebel in the margins of a page, to outrage ... but, now probably better described as a photobook with some texture.

Tinkering, adding, subtracting, tweaking, rewriting ... oh hell ... a kind of impatience has taken my hand and made me press ‘publish’ ... probably some of the content may suffer from this recklessly premature move, I don’t think so ... but the well used anology ‘you can’t polish a turd’ has informed my action.

I thank you.

Alan Rutherford,
July 2015

sheep in the road

vol 2

alan rutherford


Sheep in the Road

vol. 2


Living to work?

Or preferably, working to live!

We are all sheep in the road

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Sheep in the Road

vol. 2

Alan Rutherford

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This volume (2) published by Hand Over Fist Press, 2015

email: alan.rutherford@blueyonder.co.uk

website: www.handoverfistpress.com

Design, photographs, all text and additional artwork

by Alan Rutherford


... some people cannot

understand ideas like

equality and freedom because

their faith is based on them

never understanding ... FFS!

Still dedicated to Ann,

Joanna, Tanya, Callum, Cameron and Oscar ...

My family

For Anne, my sister, and her family

For Guy, Jenny and family, hold on to what is true!

And in memory of my mom and dad, and brother Brian

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Contents

Introduction 1

1 an abstraction 3

2 Lennon presaged ... 13

3 red nam 15

4 Wellesbourne Market 49

5 Frocester 89

6 Photomural 97

7 Badges 105

8 Demo 121

9 Dementia 135

10 Following on ... 143

11 Tiddesley Woods 147

12 Gloucester 161

13 An alternative ... 189

14 Family step up ... 190

15 Red face ... 201

16 Comic-Al ... 205

17 Exactly ... 215

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Photograph from around 1974, when Ann and I were in Abba, with our daughters, Chalk and Cheese ...


Introduction

A second volume of a set of sorts containing all sorts

... originally intended to be from the mumblings,

imaginings, wanderings and ramblings of one of

the sheep in the the road, to the hiding and skulking

rebel in the margins of a page, to outrage ... but,

now probably better described as a photobook with

some texture.

Tinkering, adding, subtracting, tweaking, rewriting ...

oh hell ... a kind of impatience has taken my hand

and made me press ‘publish’ ... probably some of

the content may suffer from this recklessly premature

move, I don’t think so ... but the well used anology

‘you can’t polish a turd’ has informed my action.

I thank you.

Alan Rutherford,

July 2015

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an abstraction

Spitting expleting adjectives,

society’s cracks are showing and

stalking the world advising cataclysmic

adjustives: cuts, privatisation, scapegoating ...

with governments propping up banks, condoning

tax avoidance while criminally delegating their

responsibilies to unaccountable charities.

Flaunted class and wealth divisions

are just too obvious and war and

pestilunce tug and tow... well,

are we to stare at the wall,

seek out a sympathetic

window? Fuck off!

Nala Drofrehtur

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Lennon

presaged

by Lenin

You’re having a laugh?

Yes! I suppose I am ...

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red‘nham

Cheltenham, the butt of all kind of gentile living jokes

has always had its fair share of lefty hot-heads, like most

places ...

in 1842 the last trial in the UK for blasphemy took place in

Cheltenham when socialist, George Holyoake, speaking

at the Mechanics’ Institute, was fitted up by Dean Francis

Close and his associates.

Holyoake’s talk was about Robert Owen’s idea of Utopian

communities, where between 500 and 3000 people,

sharing produce and profits, would try to be self-sufficient.

Holyoake invited questions from the audience, and a

man named Maitland asked whether there would be any

churches and chapels in these proposed communities?

Holyoake said that there was great economic distress in

the country, and churches and religious institutions cost

the nation about twenty million pounds annually, ‘Worship

being thus expensive, I appeal to your heads and pockets

whether we are not too poor to have God?’

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Hollyoake continued, ‘If poor men cost the state as much,

they would be put like officers on half-pay, and while our

distress lasts I think it would be wise to do the same thing

with deity.’ Speaking of his own beliefs, he said, “Morality I

regard, but I do not believe there is such a thing as God.”

If Holyoake had stayed away from Cheltenham, he might

never have been ‘brought to justice’, but he decided to

return to the town to defend his position. At another lecture

at the Mechanics’ Institute, a row of policemen stood at the

back of the hall, and after he had finished, Superintendent

Russell, without a warrant, arrested him. Holyoake

eventually agreed to walk down to the police station,

where he was kept for the night.

Three Cheltenham magistrates, Newell, Capper and

Overbury, upheld the charge of blasphemy based ‘upon

the common or unwritten law of the land that any person

that denied the existence of a God, or a Divine Providence,

or was guilty of blasphemy, was liable to imprisonment,

corporal punishment and fine.’ and he was to be held in

Gloucester Gaol.

The trial of George Jacob Holyoake took place on 15

August 1842, before Justice Erskine. Holyoake pleaded

not guilty, but in the charged atmosphere the jury quickly

found him guilty, and Justice Erskine sentenced him to

6 months imprisonment in Gloucester Gaol. Holyoake

protested: My lord, am I to be classed with thieves and

felons?’ The judge replied, ‘No; thieves and felons are

sentenced to the Penitentiary, you to the Common Gaol.’

Hollyoakes lifted/adapted from article by Jill Evans

on her interesting gloscrimehistory.wordpress.com

site.

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Photo: Cheltenham’s old police station,

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From 1894 to 1906 Leckhampton Hill was the focus of a

significant episode in the history of Cheltenham. This was

the struggle to protect traditional rights of way across the

hill, which its new owner H J Dale proposed to close to the

public. He built a house (‘Tramway Cottage’) for his quarry

foreman in an old gravel pit beside Daisybank Road, which

had been a favourite spot to set up side-shows and stalls on

bank holidays. The building also blocked the main footpath

up the hill, and later the area above it was also fenced off.

On several occasions crowds destroyed the fences, and

in 1902 four working men, known as ‘the Leckhampton

stalwarts’, were charged with obstructing the police, but

were acquitted. This encouraged as many as 2,000 people

to gather and walk in procession to Leckhampton. They

stopped at the Malvern Inn to hear a rousing speech. They

then made for Tramway Cottage, which they dismantled

until hardly a stone was left standing. A judge found in favour

of Dale’s enclosure and only three paths were granted as

public rights of way. Dale rebuilt the cottage exactly where

it had been.

On Good Friday 1906 another crowd assembled at the site

and the Riot Act had to be read. Arrests followed and eight

men were tried at Gloucester Assizes. Sentences of up to

six months’ hard labour were imposed, though these were

substantially reduced on appeal. Leckhamptoners licked

their wounds, and Dale imposed conditions for access to

the hill.

The story had a happy ending, however. By 1929, the Quarry

Company had gone out of business and Cheltenham Town

Council was in a position to purchase the 400-acre estate,

thus securing the freedom to walk on the land.

And so it goes on, and so forth and so on ...

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a luta

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FROCESTER:

World Music

Day 1990

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From the day’s programme

design & production, Hand Over Fist Press

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PHOTOMURAL:

Ruskin College

Oxford 1986

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Photomural in place at Ruskin College’s student

commonroom, Oxford 1986.

Photograph shows Ken Gill (centre), general

secretary for TASS, a trade union which was

active in the fight against apartheid ... so much

so that when Nelson Mandela was released

and visited the UK, he chose the TASS union

conference hall to meet and thank ANC exiles

and activists.

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BADGES:

from a life

well-RED

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NO To

WAR


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DEMO:

London

15 February

2003

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Dementia

No words .... absolutely no fucking words!

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Following on

... a train of

thought

Things just coast along when your engine is well

maintained, even though it may be old ... it can really

steam and chuff.

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Once the fire dims, the fuel

of life starts to run out ...

schizen!

I have seen enough people

reach a time in their lives

where the quality has gone

... or worse they have passed

the signal that says ‘end of

the line’ immenent and are

just helplessly shuffling and

screaching for the exit in a

slow and bad way.

I am determined to take

control at around this point

and jam on the brakes, a good

journey should not be spoilt

by a shit ending.

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Tiddesley Woods:

in search of

bluebells

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tall ships

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An alternative

Gloucester

Services

on M5

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to the plate

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‘By the time the new human being is

fifteen or so, we are left with a being

like ourselves. A half-crazed creature,

more or less adjusted to a mad world ...

The Family’s function is to repress

Eros: to induce a false consciousness

of security: to deny death by avoiding

life: to cut off transcendence: to believe

in god, not to experience the Void:

to create, in short, one-dimensional

man: to promote respect, conformity,

obedience: to con children out of play:

to induce a fear of failure: to promote a

respect for work: to promote a respect

for ‘respectability’ ...

This is also known as selling one’s

birthright for a mess of pottage.’

R.D. Laing,

The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise,

1967

Advice: Be brave, be bold, be bumptious, make the

most of it, make a noise, take all thats given in good

faith ... and above all, take no shit!

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Red face

in the pub ...

a comic-al

I personally cannot see the point of debating

a point of contention with someone who,

when woken by a thorough face-slapping

with a stinking, rotten, wet mackerel, insists

they were soothed awake with a soft chiffon

caress … whereas Ann, bless her, loves the

interaction, seeks the verbal violence, tries

to lift that veil ... pointless as it is.

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Oh my god ...

what the fuck did

he just say?

Did he say banker

or wankers, oh dea

la-la-la-la-la-la-la

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r,

The pub, the quiz, the team; the chit-chat

floats and mingles with all the other voices

of those crowded around the quizmaster

… uh-oh … ‘agree to disagree’ wafts feebly

like a helpful caption to the scene before me

as I hear UKIP being hoisted up, and then

being rightly sullied by Ann; the rapacious

banks are chastised in passing …

… and then, from the elevated dais of

further education; the elitist rosette of a

university degree; the heated puffed-up

breast of a person whose life’s meaning

is being unintentionally maligned; the

cage is rattled … and the shots are fired.

Opinion based on gut feelings so gallantly

expressed (by Ann) is trampled by a

determined and repeated ’I know I’m right’

stamping of the feet and the accompanying

vacuums of burning red cheek flashes.

Despite others trying to pacify, what we

get is a heated defence of the bunkum,

which parades as the discredited and

failing economic template we are lumbered

with, as practised by today’s capitalists,

politicians and bankers. In the fire its

proffered disingenuously as a fabric of wellworn

platitudes, splutteringly woven into a

woollen jargon intended to be pulled over

our eyes … all embellished and pointedly

full-stopped with the blistering, ‘I have a

degree in economics, so I know what I’m

talking about!’

Its unconvincing, if I heard him correctly.

And this is, in fact, just plain red-faced

indignation, a poor substitute for those

looking for elucidation; a dubious blustering

debating tactic employed by some to

intimidate and bully a shaking head; to

silence those who dare to say out loud, ’the

emperor is naked!’

Sometimes I am just so proud of Ann I

could levitate …

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Comic-Al

and the

search for

happiness

The pursuit of happiness is an

ever constant aim ... but constant

happiness exudes the curse of

smugness. How to attain a happy

medium, a balance between the

unhappy but necessary downers in

life and the exhausting pure highs of

ecstatic occasions ...?

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... the deliberate pursuit of happiness

invariably disappoints ...

OK ... but lets

get rid of these

fucking frames

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There is a sub-plot

here, where our

intrepid explorer, activist

and all round crazy,

having got rid of any

restricting frames of

reference, decides to try

and subvert this comic

medium and enter

some sort of meditative

state by disappearing

into the spine of this

book ... and then to

mooch about your

house while you read

this drivel.

Hmmm ... lets try

this ... into the book’s

spine and ...

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... and so while you

linger on this page,

by some sleight of a

deceit, he wanders

about your inner

sanctum. And, because

he thinks you may have

it, he metaphorically

pokes his nose into

every crack or crevice

of your psyche in his

search for the secret of

happiness.

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Back, empty-handed,

from that suspension of

reality, and it seems you

also don’t have what he

was looking for ...

Just been rooting in your

fridge ... you want to check

some of those ‘eat by’ dates

... sheeesh!

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OK, but before this

becomes too silly, you all

should know happiness

is not found by searching

for it ... Happiness is a

by-product of attempts to

reach other, less banal,

goals ... so ... as you

were then!

Oh yeah,

right!

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Exactly one

year ago ...

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