[Marxism] Redfriars - the Public School of the Socialist Workers Party

Jim Moody jim at redunity.org.uk
Sun Feb 17 03:11:06 MST 2013

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on Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:55:48 -0500, Louis Proyect wrote:
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> This is way too British for me to appreciate, but I thought I'd send
> it along:
> http://www.heartfield.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/redfriars/Billy_Delta.htm

In the Dawkins sense and as many will recognise, this is the attempted start of another meme (IMHO 
much less effective than the Downfall meme). The original here is from the boys' weekly Billy Bunter 
series of stories by Frank Richards (1876-1961). Billy Bunter ('the fat owl of the remove') was an 
obese figure of fun at an English boys' public (i.e. fee-paying) school, Greyfriars. An outsider in 
privileged surroundings, Bunter was the butt of others' bullying - masters (teachers) and boys - and 
despite many personal failings gained reader sympathy by dint of humour and perseverence against 
adversity, etc.

Since anyone born in Britain after ca. 1955 is unlikely to have consumed tales of this character, 
given his dated attraction did not persist, his effectiveness as a meme must be limited.

Jim Moody (jim at redunity.org.uk) on 17/02/2013

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