As I`ve noted before, I haven`t really been giving this blog the attention it deserves for quite a while.
Part of the problem was that my original plan (to run it as a tribute blog to the late W E B Du Bois) was a little over-ambitious, particularly given that my work and family commitments are considerable.
I`ve decided this year to turn it into something a bit more practical and achievable.
To do that, I`m returning to one of the better slogans of my mis-spent youth, `Think Globally and Act Locally` (as you might guess, I was young in the 1980s !).
I already post some pieces on grassroots/locally based community groups etc at Angel Pavement ( http://angpav.blogspot.com ) and Bookshelves and Brown Ale ( http://bookshelvesandbrownale.blogspot.com ) so I plan to give this blog an international slant to complement those, whilst still using it now and again to comment on matters relating to Du Bois and his associates. Also, while my Angel Pavement and Bookshelves stuff tends to be newsy with little comment, this blog may well tend to be a little freer (is that a word ?) and more discussion-orientated.
I generally avoid party politics and rarely comment on the big topical issues of the day, as, quite frankly, there are more than enough self-appointed pundits cluttering up the web without me adding to their number !
Anyway, to make a positive start, I thought I`d share with you these rather fine images, which come from Dr Tony Shaw ( http://tonyshaw3.blogspot.com ) , and which he has kindly given me permission to use. If you have literary leanings yourself, you may well wish to give his blog a visit.