In 1946 my uncle, Dick Toms, was in the British Army in Calcutta. A committed Communist, he contacted the Kisan Sabha, a peasants' movement run by Indian Communists, travelled round Bengal learning about peasants' lives, organised unofficial help for peasant activities like new drainage ditches, and wrote a book about what he found, under the pen-name 'Alec Johnson'. It's a good book, well-written and well worth reading.
Bengal was then, despite British Government assurances, still suffering the after-effects of the 1943 famine. The book gives the lie to anybody who might wish to claim that British imperialism was a Good Thing: after 200 years of occupation, they couldn't even run Bengal fairly in the interests of its population.
See my Middlesex page for past and future work.
It's a phone/broadband provider for the UK. A real consumer co-op, if that matters to you (it does to me). Transparent pricing and good service. They host this page (and I forgive them for hiding it away for a while).
Connecting a TP-Link pocket wireless print server TL-WPS510U
I bought one of these things because it was cheap(ish), small, said it works with OS X, and said it supports WPA encryption. It does, but it took me a couple of hours to make it work, and another three to write this setup guide. But then I found that it wasn't very good in use, and I shelled out for an Airport Express, which was easy to set up and worked fine for a couple of years, then it burnt out. But it's so useful (Airplay and so on) that I bought another one.
Stuff you can hardly believe
I thought this was good
(in the USA it's great, you can even get it on a T-shirt) but then I saw this
(it's real: it came from here and it was titled "the crimes behind the world of DVD crime". A bit over the top, wouldn't you say?
- email richard AT bornat DOT me DOT uk
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