Victor Grayson MP Timeline Biography

Timeline September 1881: Victor Grayson is born in Liverpool. Just a few months previously the Grayson family had been living on Sidney Street in the Poplar district of London. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the area was home to the largest Russian émigré community in the UK. Lenin and Stalin would later hold…

Victor Grayson: The Curious Case of the Disappearing MP & the Etaples Mutiny

  In November 1916 former Colne Valley Socialist MP and would-be revolutionary Victor Grayson enlisted with the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Regiment in New Zealand. On September 9th the following year, he and his regiment arrived at Etaples Camp just as riots were taking place by New Zealand and Scottish Troops. What part if any…

The Cult of Tradition: Let’s Make The Past Great Again! ™

Before you went to the bar, Mr Farage, we were talking about why people like you and me were jumping into our little spaceships and hurtling back through time. I was talking about time just being another modern consumable and argued that providing there were enough independent time traders like your good self around, going…

Black Goddess Rising: Beyonce Gets Political at the Super Bowl

Here’s another side to the Super Bowl half-time anarchy-show put on by Beyonce and her beret-wearing, fist-waving, pin-up Panther chorus-line. Two members of the New Black Panther Party, Brandon Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis were each awarded seven year sentences last year for their part in a plot to bomb Police. The attack itself was planned…

Je Suis Charlie Manson – Isis Reboot Helter Skelter

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride Till I get to the bottom and I see you again Yeah yeah yeah hey Anonymous, the loose collective of anarchists and hacktivists who declared ‘war on terrorism’…

Lenin’s London: 6 Oakley Square & Winifrede Gottschalk Paul

In November 1911 Lenin made one of his last visits to London. The future Soviet leader is believed to have been in town to give a lecture on ‘Stolypin and the Revolution’. The lecture took place at King’s Hall in London’s East End, a venue whose popularity with political exiles meant that it had much…

Lenin at 16 Percy Circus, London

Why was Vladimir Lenin lodging with Liberal Candidate Phllip Whitwell Wilson and his family at the height of the first Russian Revolution in 1905 and how did his friend and press colleague, Henry Brailsford get embroiled in an assassination attempt at the Hotel Bristol in St Petersburg that same year? 16 Percy Circus, St Pancras…

Lenin at 30 Holford Square, London 1902

30 Holford Square, St Pancras, London — 1902 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya resided at 30 Holford Square from April 1902 until May 1903. As Bob Henderson’s seminal article, Lenin and the British Museum (Solanus, Vol 4) points out, it was from this address that Lenin, using his now customary pseudonym, Jacob…

Lenin at 21 Tavistock Square, London, St Pancras 1908

21 Tavistock Place, St Pancras — 1908 In May 1908 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin arrives back in London carrying a written recommendation from Joseph J. Terrett in support of a request for entry into the British Museum Library. Sadly, on being unable to find a Joseph J. Terrett at the address provided on the reference, the…