Before “The Death of Stalin” – there was “Red Monarch”, made in the 80s


The movie The Death of Stalin satirises Stalinism in the wake of the death of the Soviet leader in 1953. Back in 1983, there was a similar attempt to poke fun at that era but based during the lead up to Stalin’s death, not the aftermath – called Red Monarch.

It’s good to see the return of political comedy – one of the few good things that can be said about the times we live in now. Here is a trailer for Red Monarch.

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Postcards from the Thatcher years


These were blu-tacked to my bedroom wall when I was a student – found them yesterday languishing at the bottom of a plastic bag unopened since 1984.  I am a terrible hoarder! Don’t know who the artist was or whether these are in any way collectable – your views or info appreciated.

Keith Joseph - Thatcher minister for education
Keith Joseph – Thatcher minister for education
We all thought a nuclear winter was round the corner
We all thought a nuclear winter was round the corner
Reagan often portrayed as a cowboy with adoring Thatcher
Reagan often portrayed as a cowboy with adoring Thatcher