Saturday, 22 October 2016

Additions to Academia Posts: October 2016 - RUTH RIKOWSKI

Ruth Rikowski
@ Framlingham Castle, Essex

Ruth Rikowski has posted some new papers to Academia

These are as follows:

Rikowski, Ruth (2001) GATS:  private affluence and public squalor? Implications for libraries and information, Managing Information, Vol.8 No.10, December, pp.8-10, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) The Corporate Takeover of Libraries, Information for Social Change, No.14, winter 2001/02, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) The WTO/GATS Agenda for Libraries, Talk prepared for a public meeting at Sussex University, 23rd May 2002, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) A First-Time in Glasgow: impressions of the IFLA Conference, 2002, IFLA Journal, Vol.28 Nos.5/6, pp.278-280, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) Globalisation and Libraries – House of Lords Paper, in: Report by House of Lords, Select Committee on Economic Affairs, Session 2002-03, 1st Report, Volume of Evidence, Part 2, HL Paper 5-11, London: The Stationary Office, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) The Significance of WTO Agreements for the Library and Information World, Managing Information, January / February, Vol.16 No.1, p.43, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) Tripping Along With TRIPS? The World Trade Organization’s agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and its implications for the library and information world, Managing Information, Vol.10 No.3, April, pp10-12, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) The Role of the Information Professional in Knowledge Management: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning for the Library and Information Profession? Managing Information, Vol.10 No.4, pp.44-47, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2004) Creating Value from Knowledge in the Knowledge Revolution, Information for Social Change, No.20, winter 2004, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2008) Digital Libraries and Digitalisation: an overview and critique, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.1, pp.5-21, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2008) Computers / Information and Communications Technology, the Information Profession and the Gender Divide: Where are we going? Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.4, pp.482-506, online at:

For all of Ruth Rikowski’s papers at Academia, see:

For all of Glenn Rikowski’s papers at Academia, see:

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Reviewing Our History and Making Plans: The Social Science Centre - Lincoln

Saturday 27th August 2016
10.00 – 4.00
St. Swithin’s Community Centre
Croft Street

St. Swithin’s Community Centre:

The Social Science Centre (SSC), Lincoln is hosting an event to look back at its activities since it was founded in 2011 and to make plans for its future.

10:00–12:00: SSC on Reflection, 2011–2016 (SSC members only)

A chance for all past and present members of the Social Science Centre to reflect on their experiences in the Centre, our activities, roads we have not taken, changes we should make and hopes for the future. Highlights to be shared with others later in the day.

12:30–1:30: Lunch (Public, everyone welcome)

Please join us for lunch!

1:30–4:00: Co-operative Higher Education in Lincoln (Public, all welcome)

Ideas and making plans for the term/year. It has already been suggested we run courses on Brexit and the co-operative movement in Lincoln and the UK

What is the SSC?

The SSC  organises higher education that explores the everyday experiences of its members – who are both students and teachers – through concepts and ideas developed in the social sciences. This includes making critical sense of social problems (like ‘austerity’, racism and nationalism or the privatisation of schools) and important local and global events like ‘Brexit’, learning how they affect us and how we might have an effect on them. Our past courses – The Social Science Imagination, Co-operation and Education, and Know How: Do-It-Ourselves Higher Education – all offered different approaches to this learning.

We are a co-operative organisation that is owned and run by our members. This means that we not only have an experience of higher education, but can decide together what this education should be, how it works and why it matters. All our members can help run the Centre by taking part in democratic decision-making processes and collective ownership and responsibility. No one pays for learning or gets paid for teaching at the SSC because we do not believe knowledge should be for sale. Members with financial means make small monthly contributions to the co-operative to pay for room hire and other running costs.
For more information about the SSC, visit our website:   

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:
Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

New Academia Posts - Ruth Rikowski

Richmond, River Thames
4th May 2016
Picture taken by Glenn Rikowski


Ruth Rikowski has posted some new papers to Academia. These are as follows:

Rikowski, R. (2005) Traditional Knowledge and TRIPS, Information for Social Change, winter, Issue No. 22, at:

Rikowski, R. (2004) On the impossibility of determining the length of the working-day for intellectual labour, Information for Social Change, summer, Issue No.19, at: 

Rikowski, R. (2003) Library Privatisation: Fact or Fiction? Information for Social Change, summer, Issue No.17, at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) Globalisation and Libraries – Summary Paper, House of Lords, Select Committee on Economic Affairs, Inquiry into the Global Economy, 22nd January, London, at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) The WTO, the GATS and the meaning of ‘services’, Public Library Journal, Vol.17 No.2, summer, pp.48-50, at:

For all of Ruth Rikowski’s papers at Academia, see:

Glenn Rikowski also has a new post at Academia:

Rikowski, G. (2002) The great GATS buyout, Red Pepper, No.101, November, pp.25-27, at:

For all of Glenn Rikowski’s papers at Academia, see:

Friday, 20 May 2016

FOREST VOICES CHOIR: Singing at the Gate (Forest Gate Library)


On 16th June 2016, from 6.30 to 8.00pm Forest Voices will sing at The Gate Library and Community Centre, 4 – 20 Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, London E7 0QH.
Come and join us for a free evening of song and enjoyment!
Light refreshments provided.

Funded by a “Let’s Get the Party Started” grant from the London Borough of Newham

Ruth Rikowski is a member of the Forest Voices choir, and will be singing with them at The Gate on 16th June.

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:
Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: 
Ruth Rikowski @ Academia:

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Why Library Is Not A Dirty Word: Reclaiming Its Power and Possibility - VENUE & PROGRAMME CHANGES

The Froud Centre

Ruth Rikowski



Friday, 10th June, @ 19:00 – 20.30 (BST)

Venue Change
Now at:
The Coffee Bar
1 Toronto Avenue
Manor Park
E12 5JF

(Only 3 minutes walk from the original venue, the Rabbits Road Institute, Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Road, Manor Park, London E12 5JY - just walk a bit further up the Romford Road, towards Ilford)

A talk and discussion about Library campaigns, radical librarianship and re-imagining the library as a public space.

Programme Change:

Speaker: Ruth Rikowski – writer, lecturer at London South Bank University, libraries professional and campaigner, author of Globalisation, Information and Libraries: The Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s GATS and TRIPS Agreements (Chandos Publishing), and a freelance editor for Chandos Publishing, part of the Elsevier group.

Followed by Discussion
Soft drinks provided

Free Admission
No Registration necessary

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A Selection of Videos on YouTube on the Shakespeare Authorship Question

Videos on YouTube arguing that Edward De Vere (and not the man from Stratford-upon-Avon) wrote the Shakespeare plays

Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare?
On February 11, 2016, Tom Regnier gave a presentation at the North Palm Beach (Florida) Public Library on the topic, “Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare? Or Did Someone Else?” Regnier is a lawyer; an Appeals Attorney at Tom Regnier Appeals, P.A. This talk was distributed by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.

Real Shakespeare: Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford
This is a talk from 1995 by a descendent of Edward de Vere: Charles Francis Topham de Vere Beauclerk, Earl of Burford. Despite some of his right-wing, Little Englander nationalist, anti-academic views, he provides some worthwhile arguments as to why Edward de Vere wrote the plays of ‘Shakespeare’.

Shakespeare Authorship / Crackpot to Mainstream
A talk by Dr. Keir Cutler, author of ‘The Shakespeare Authorship Question: A Crackpot’s View’ (2014).

Shakespeare Authorship Question: Why Was I Never Told This?
A talk by Dr. Keir Cutler. He focuses on the personal experiences that lead him to doubt whether William Shaksper of Stratford-on-Avon wrote the plays of ‘William Shakespere’.

The Shakespeare Mystery
A ‘Frontline’ programme, originally made in 1989 – but still very interesting regarding the Shakespeare authorship debate.


Mark Rylance, Founding and Former Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre being interviewed about the Shakespeare Authorship question, saying that there is room for ‘reasonable doubt’

Mark Rylance – Part One (Founding Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, London) – Interview about the Shakespeare Authorship Question

Mark Rylance – Part Two (Founding Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, London) – Interview about the Shakespeare Authorship Question

Mark Rylance tends towards Bacon, although also thinks it could be De Vere, or even some other playwright(s)



Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance discuss the ‘Declaration of Reasonable Doubt’, arguing that there is ‘Reasonable Doubt’ about the authorship question. I have just signed the petitions. Over 3,000 people have signed the petition. If you agree, that there is 'Reasonable Doubt' then do sign the petition!

Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance discuss The Declaration of Reasonable Doubt – Published on YouTube on April 24, 2016.
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the death of Mr. William Shakspere of Stratford, Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance reaffirm their support for the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare, which they launched in the UK in a signing ceremony in Chichester, West Sussex, 8th September, 2007. The petition can be signed at

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Tempest (through fresh eyes, for me!)

On the 400th Anniversary of the death of the man from Stratford, I thought it appropriate to write a review of a wonderful production of ‘The Tempest’ that we saw on Wed (20th April 2016) at the Rudolf Steiner House in London. Now, whilst we knew about the great work of Steiner, and indeed, Glenn taught this when he was a lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Northampton, we knew nothing about the existence of this House. It is just by Baker Street, and is very easy to find. It is the headquarters of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain and was built in the 1920s and 1930s. There is a lovely theatre there, as well as meeting rooms, a small library, a bookshop and a cafĂ©. It is truly wonderful.

Now, on to the play! This is the first ‘Shakespeare’ play that we have seen live, since Glenn and I both became convinced that Edward De Vere wrote all those plays, and not Shakespeare. I have now bought the whole BBC DVD collection – in 1978 the BBC decided to make productions of all of the 37 Shakespeare plays. I have already watched quite a lot of them, and they all make much more sense and are far more enjoyable to me now that I am looking at them through the eyes of the actual author!

Still, I read some summaries beforehand of 'The Tempest', by way of preparation. They were of some help, but they were also rather confusing, because they did not have a clear overview and perspective and there was too much detail.

Now, really on to the play, which was wonderful. Great acting, fantastic and colourful costumes, very lively etc. etc. But the main thing was that we knew clearly what was going on! Glenn and I both felt exactly the same about it all. Much of the play is about magic, alchemy and paganism. It was one of the last plays, but this is a wonderfully optimistic play as opposed to ‘King Lear’ (another of the last plays), but which is so pessimistic. This is De Vere trying to make sense of, and come to terms with his life, as he knew he was nearing the end. King Lear is about him giving everything away, losing everything to his daughters, and how this got him depressed and then sent him mad (as 2 of Leer's 3 daughters were rotten). De Vere also had 3 daughters.

‘The Tempest’, in contrast, is very optimistic. Here, De Vere manages to get control over things, with the help of magic, alchemy and pagan rituals. Prospero (De Vere/John Dee) was the Duke of Milan, but whilst he was reading books and studying his brother took the Dukedom away from him. He was banished to an island, with his only daughter.

Then, there is a shipwreck. Prospero created the storm with his magic powers (which he got from his books, which he was able to take with him to the island). Why did he do this? Because Alonso (the King of Naples), and his brother and son are on the ship. Alonso supported Prospero’s brother, in helping him to take over the Dukedom in Milan and Prospero wants to confront him.

As the play progresses we learn that there are now plots to kill 2 people on the island – Prospero (lead by Caliban, the beast) and Alonso, the King of Naples (lead by Sebastian, Alonso’s brother, who wants to take over and become the King of Naples in similar fashion to what happened with the Milan Dukedom). In ‘Hamlet’, also, we see the brother taking over the kingdom after his brother's death, and marrying his brother’s wife.

On the positive side, Ferdinand (Alonso’ son) falls in love with Miranda (Prospero’s daughter). But this is tricky stuff – 2 houses potentially ‘at war’ with each other (as in ‘Romeo and Juliet’). But all comes good.

Prospero, with the help of Ariel, his magic fairy, stops the plots to kill Prospero and Alonso and rejoices in the marriage of Ferdinand and Miranda.

So, with his magic Prospero brings peace and tranquillity. He can now leave all this behind and be at peace. This is De Vere realising that he is soon to die, I feel sure, but being at peace with himself and with all those about him (as opposed to Lear). We are left with a sense of community and of well-being.

So, Edward De Vere at the end of his days was in conflict with himself - with Lear (the negative side) and Prospero (the positive side).

See also my blog entry 'Anonymous' on 20th Novermber 2015 in regard to who wrote the plays

Saturday, 2 April 2016

'Why Study the Rich?'

Public Programme at Rabbits Road Institute
Rabbits Roads Institute
Old Manor Park Library
835 Romford Road
Manor Park
London, E12 5JY

Visit the Rabbits Road Institute website at:

'Why Study the Rich?'

April 23, 2016 12.30-5.30pm, Free
An afternoon of talks and discussion
Refreshments served. Older children and young adults welcome.

‘Why study the Rich?’ is an event that brings together cross-disciplinary approaches to studying wealth in society. Come and listen to talks by activists, writers and artists whose scrutiny, investigation and differing perspectives attempt to challenge cultural narratives and societal structures that are intrinsically linked to the maintenance of power.

Open discussion with the audience is encouraged throughout the afternoon, as together we discuss how studies of ‘the rich’ might reveal a deeper understanding of the conditions of contemporary life and contribute to the debate about inequality in society.

Confirmed Speakers:

Roger Burrows, Professor of Cities at Newcastle University

Aditya Chakrabortty, senior economics commentator for the Guardian

Jeremy Gilbert, writer, researcher and activist & Professor of cultural and political theory at UEL

Katharina Hecht, Phd student at LSE, on Economic Inequality

Jo Littler, Reader in cultural industries at City University London

Laure Provost, Artist, screening film ‘How to make money religiously’

‘Why study the Rich?’ culminates a project called The Rich as a Minority Group by artists Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck in collaboration with GCSE Sociology students from Little Ilford School in Newham.

Sunday, 3 January 2016



Photography Exhibition
How I Learnt To Love The Seagulls

By Neil Whitehead

The Window Gallery
Jubilee Library
Saturday 9th January 2016

How I Learnt To Love The Seagulls is a whimsical yet in-depth study of the birds that are hard to avoid seeing. The series combines genres of photography using studio, street, and nature photography and experiments with ways of displaying photography. The work is humorous, emotive, beautiful and even political, and is an untypical look at our most noticeable wildlife.

114 framed C-Prints printed on Matt Fujicolor Professional, 1 Hard Back Silk Lustre Book.
Brighton Jubilee Library.
Window Gallery, inside and out.

There will be snacks, wine, and a nice time on
Saturday 9th 2:30pm til 4:30.

If you can't make it to that, the exhibition will be on show
4th January 2016 until 10th of January 2016.

10am to 7pm - Monday to Thursday

10am to 5pm - Friday to Sunday.

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:
Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: 

Ruth Rikowski @ Academia: