Thursday, 28 October 2010

hpy bday alx brwn

Monday, 18 October 2010

St. John Philby

St. John Philby, also known as Sheikh Abdullah, father of Kim Philby, the renowned MI6 double agent who also worked for Stalin. Kim Philby was a life long communist and friend of Graham Greene, it was he who extended the invitation to Greene to become an agent himself.

St. John Philby spent most of his life in the middle east, working for the British first in Baghdad, then Mecca, Palestine and what was to become Saudi Arabia. He then converted to Islam and worked for the new king of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud. He was officially no longer working for the Secret Service in Palestine, both due to his working for Saud and a differing of opinion on his allowance of Jewish immigration to Palestine. However he still worked for the British Secret Service and received a salary for a further 5 years.

In 1939 he proposed the Philby Plan to Ben-Gurion and Chaim Weizmann, the head of the Zionist movement. It offered substantial Jewish immigration to Palestine in exchange for their support for Ibn Saud's son Faisal as King of Palestine. It was also proposed that they pay Saud £20 million to re-settle Palestinian Arabs. It was accepted but not acted upon. When questioned by President Roosevelt, Saud was offended at the suggestion he could be bribed.

Meanwhile, Philby had briefly returned to London to stand for parliament for the far-right British People's Party, headed by ex-British Union of Fascists member John Beckett. He lost, and was arrested for being a suspected Nazi-sympathiser. His friend John Maynard Keynes intervened and he was released seven months after his arrest.

After the war he returned to Arabia and at the age of sixty he purchased his second wife, a 16-year-old girl, from the slave market at Taif, about forty miles south of Mecca.

In 1960, on a visit to his son Kim in Beirut, while in bed at his side, he said "God, I'm bored" and died.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

the power and the glory

"In 1953 the Holy Office informed Greene that The Power and the Glory was damaging to the reputation of the priesthood; but later, in a private audience with Greene, Pope Paul VI told him that, although parts of his novels would offend some Catholics, he should not pay attention to the criticism"

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Francis Sedlak

"Wanting to post an article he'd written, 'My Military Experience', he realised he could not bring himself to lick the back of a stamp bearing a portrait of Queen Victoria and support the government-run postal service, so he set out to walk to London and deliver his article by hand, but "the weather was very cold with heavy snow and he was clad only in thin clothes with no shoes. Not surprisingly he was forced to turn back"
~ from the back cover of Designs for Anarchist Postage Stamps by Clifford Harper.

Friday, 15 October 2010

absolutely batshit

~found in a card shop on the strand. i cannot even begin to understand what on earth this card means, let alone how it was designed, approved, produced and distributed in the first place.


Thursday, 14 October 2010


from the source; "Vladimir Putin's grandfather was a chef who cooked for Rasputin and later Lenin and Stalin"

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Saturday, 9 October 2010

st. james infirmary

Friday, 8 October 2010

one time

Thursday, 7 October 2010

you got me

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

clutching at straws