The 5th Earl Cowper owned land to the east of Chapeltown Road; in the early 1800’s he sold fifty-five acres to a London bookseller for development. Sir Walter Scott, novelist, invested heavily in this (doomed) proposed building of ‘New Leeds.’ Charles Walter Scott, tobacconist and confectioner, of 3 Chapeltown Road, Leeds died on the 3rd day of November 1927, four years previously, Sculptor, Edward Caldwell Spruce passed away, having had a studio in Cowper Street. Spruce sculpted a memorial to Sam Wilson, chairman of worsted coating manufacturers Joshua Wilson and Sons; the memorial consists of several figures, one of which, Benevolence, bears a cross and cup.
When not in his Cowper Street Studio, Edward Caldwell Spruce worked at the Burmantofts Pottery. The pottery ceased production in 1957, the year that Guy Debord et al introduced Situationist International. Along with the birth of Stephen Fry, and the inevitable birth of Nick Cave, incidentally September’s birthstone is the clear thinking sapphire.
Nobel prize for literature that year – “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times” fell upon the shoulders of Albert Camus. The novelist, philosopher, essayist, playwright, and goalkeeper, preferred football to the theater, “I rebel; therefore I exist”. three years later in 1960 he perished in a car accident, along with his publisher, and close friend. And what is a friend? “a single soul in two bodies.” – Aristotle. Yet where does this leave our body, and our soul? Can two enemies exist in one body? or in four?.. and who was it that said “a friend to all is a friend to none”?
Sole member of the London Psychogeographers Group (first mentioned, also, in 1957), Ralph Rumney, was a co-founder of S.I. Raised in Halifax, W.Yorks., home to Dean Clough Art Space where French artist, Christian Bolkanski has a permanent installation ‘The Lost Workers’, a homage to the redundant employees of Crossley Carpet Manufacturers. Boltanski, like Guy Debord, was born in Paris. The French-Swiss structural engineer Maurice Koechlin worked in the service of Gustave Eiffel, on the famous Eiffel tower. Koechlin also worked on the armature for the statue of liberty. key landmarks, that were to shape not only the visual landscape of New York and Paris, but also the effect the city had on the mind.
The Eiffel Tower contains more rivets (2,500,000) than Paris does people (2,190,777). ‘A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.’ If rivets were cabbages, the tower would have 110,000 more than the tonnes of cabbages and other brassicas produced by Japan in 2008 (2,390,000).
On 3 April, 1957, ‘Endgame’ by Samuel Beckett premiered at Royal Court Theatre, London. With this in mind – is 1957 a significant number? In 1888 Louis Le Prince filmed one of the first moving images ‘Roundhay Garden Scene’ in Leeds, West Yorkshire. it was recorded at 12 frames per second. 12 X 60 = 720 divide this by 2 and we get 360 (a circle) + 618 + 0.5 X 2 we arrive at 1957. The sum of the preceding digits, 22, equals the number of actual players in two football teams. Anagram of teams:mates…
Mate (also called Chimarrao) is a South American drink, somewhat like tea, it is a hot beverage that is infused from the dried, crushed leaves of the ‘Yerba Mate’. The Yerba Mate is native to South America, and is a type of holly. However in many Western cultures, hollies are used as a popular shrub, as oppose to a drink, often appearing in hedgerows. Their berries – toxic to Humans, are redeemed by the fact that they take very well to pruning.
‘Due to popular perception of prunes being used only for relief of constipation, and being the subject of related distasteful joking, many of today’s distributors have stopped using the word on the package label. Their preference is to state “dried plums”‘ – Wikipedia. Unrefined fruits and vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and cabbage are great constipation remedies. It is quite natural to wish to grow a bigger cabbage than your neighbour.
In May 2005, one of the most public Wikipeda hoaxes was carried out. The well known U.S journalist John Seigenthaler (born 1927) had an article on the online encyclopedia – it was was changed. It was stated that it he was involved closely with the assassination of JF Kennedy. The altered article read -
‘John Seigenthaler Sr. was the assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy in the early 1960s. For a short time, he was thought to have been directly involved in the Kennedy assassinations of both John, and his brother, Bobby. Nothing was ever proven.
John Seigenthaler moved to the Soviet Union in 1972, and returned to the United States in 1984.
He started one of the country’s largest public relations firms shortly thereafter.’
I don’t think that Seigenthaler likes Wikipedia.
Mate is also used commonly as a shorthand for ‘checkmate’ – a situation in the game of chess. R Mutt. was quoted in saying – ‘I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists’ – n.b this quote was not lifted from Wikipedia. (Nota Bene is a Latin phrase meaning ‘note well’ – Wikipedia.) The common term for the last part of a chess match is endgame….
Chapeltown boasts an outsize, outdoor chess set in the foreground of its former library, adjacent to the Reginald Centre.