Marxism 2: Friday

It was raining on the Friday morning, so my host suggested we get the bus to Stratford as that route involved less walking. We initially had a view to getting the Central line all the way to Tottenham Court Road, but it was so crowded that this was modified to changing at Mile End to the Hammersmith and City Line and travelling to Euston Square. On subsequent days we would travel the H&C between Euston Square and West Ham, going one stop on the Jubilee to or from Canning Town. 

We arrived at the event in good time for the first meeting, in my case John Parrington on Is Science Neutral? Next came Marxism and Mental Health, which so impressed me that I asked the speaker to email me her slides, which she subsequently did. After this it was time for lunch, and the Norwich picnic was easily located courtesy of an inflatable canary which stood out the proverbial mile. The afternoon session had plenty to live up to, but courtesy of Amy Leather (who also organised the whole event) on Fracking and Mark L Thomas (middle initial used to distinguish himself from the comedian who has lately lost his touch somewhat) on The Labour Party and the Unions it did so. 

In the evening, in spite of it being the eighth floor, I went to the meeting on WW1 and the British Empire, with Talat Ahmed. This was only right for someone heavily involved in the Great Centenary Charity Auction, more details about which can be found at www.greatcharity.orgwww.facebook.com/GreatAuction and/or www.twiiter,com/great_auction

In the bar after the meetings were all done we were treated to some excellent live music before heading back to Poplar for the night. 

As usual I have some good photos for you…

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John Parrington prepares to speak at the first meeting of the day
John Parrington prepares to speak at the first meeting of the day

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Another attempt at the abstract art in the Elvin Hall
Another attempt at the abstract art in the Elvin Hall

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Beth Greenhill in position to speak at the meeting on Mental Health
Beth Greenhill in position to speak at the meeting on Mental Health
Lets be 'avin' yer - the canary mentioned in the main text.
Lets be ‘avin’ yer – the canary mentioned in the main text.

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The Martin Empson book in excellent, but financial constrainst mean that I have yet to sample the other.
The Martin Empson book in excellent, but financial constrainst mean that I have yet to sample the other.
This is a detail from one of number of pictures that were projected before meetings started.
This is a detail from one of number of pictures that were projected before meetings started.

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The cover of the timetable
The cover of the timetable
Mark L Thomas in full flow
Mark L Thomas in full flow

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before the start of the evening session
before the start of the evening session
Talat Ahmed in action
Talat Ahmed in action
Live music in the institute bar
Live music in the institute bar

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Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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