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J B Priestly

Post by semper occultus » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:50 pm

just leaving this here after a bit of Amazon surfing ..a writer I was vaguely aware of dating back to the 30's - 40's now largely passed out of fashion and "relevance" - prob best known now for his play an Inspector Calls -

he is clearly a bit more interesting than that..


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Sir Charles Ravenstreet, in his mid-fifties, is unmarried and childless and lives only for his work in the fast-paced world of business. When he is forced out of his job to make room for someone younger, Sir Charles finds himself at a loose end and facing the dismal prospect of an empty future. Believing he can make use of Sir Charles, the sinister Lord Mervil seeks to enlist his aid in a scheme to earn a fortune by manufacturing a new drug that relieves its users of all anxiety and will reduce the masses to a state of docility and mindless euphoria. But a plane crash and an encounter with three strange old men determined to thwart Lord Mervil's plans will lead Sir Charles to the exciting discovery that when he suspected his life might be over, it had really only just begun.


from a review :

In this wonderful book, which could be regarded as both a fantasy and a diatribe against modern meaninglessness, Priestly delves once more into his obsession with time. Charles Ravenstreet is relieved from his postition as head engineer at the electrical company that he has devoted his life to, and having neither wife nor children, he thinks that his life is over. He then is drawn into a very questionable business scheme that is both dangerous and immoral. The head of the scheme, Mervil, seeks to become one of the ruling "elite" by the manufacture of "Sepman 18", a drug much like Huxley's soma, which is used to keep the people satisfied and happy until they die. But an aircraft accident brings three very old and very powerful gentlemen into contact with Ravenstreet. With their assistance, he comes to realise that his past, and everyone else's, is not over and done with. By experiencing "Time Alive", he is able to go back (literally) to the past and relive his past again, and possibly change these events, in an Ouspensky-like recurrence. By a series of strange turns, he also discovers that he has a grown son (through an affair long ago) and two grandchildren as well as a new daughter-in-law. Eventually, Ravenstreet comes to realise that far from being over, his life has just begun, and his pessimistic, nihilistic modern-day philosophy is abandoned in favour of a more life-affirming one and also comes to understand, that in the tradition of J.W. Dunne's "Serial Universe" and Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five", our lives are not contained entirely in passing time. A profoundly philosophical novel, "The Magicians" is John Boynton Priestly at his finest.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/193914079X/ ... ZHCKCSPUR5

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic ... ley_novel)


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Three strangers, each on a separate mission, converge in the California desert. Jimmy Edlin is hot on the trail of a religious cult he believes is responsible for his brother's murder; George Hooker is a physicist in search of a missing colleague; and Malcolm Darbyshire is an Englishman looking for a beautiful heiress who has vanished without a trace. When the three men come together and discover that their situations are intertwined, they join forces to try to unravel these mysteries. Braving danger and death at every turn, they follow a trail of clues that leads to an explosive conclusion, as they uncover a sinister group whose insane philosophy calls for the destruction of all life on earth and who possess the awesome power to bring about doomsday!

Written against the backdrop of the rise of Hitler and Mussolini and with the threat of the Second World War looming, The Doomsday Men (1938) is one of J.B. Priestley's most thrilling novels and a story with frightening implications. This edition, the first in over fifty years, features a new introduction by Jonathan Barnes and a reproduction of the original jacket art.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1941147143/ ... BZ0IU94US



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Re: J B Priestly

Post by deep state » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:23 am

You remember he came up a lot in "Occult Yorkshire," right?

JBP > Albany Trust > P.I.E.

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Re: J B Priestly

Post by semper occultus » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:17 am

No !


*nodoh*

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Post by deep state » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:34 pm

A few more suggestive facts: Hubert Bland, co-founder of the Fabian Society and a bank-employee-turned-journalist, worked for the London Sunday Chronicle, a paper owned by newspaper magnate Edward Hulton. It was allegedly Bland who recruited his friend and fellow journalist George Bernard Shaw to the Fabian Society (Cassivellaunus, 2013). Hulton’s son, Edward G. Hulton, was the owner of Picture Post and “almost certainly a loyal agent of MI6’s Section D” (Dorril & Ramsey, 1990). He was also the founder of the 1941 Committee, a think tank that recruited “star” writers J. B. Priestley and Tom Wintringham, and that also included David Astor (more on him soon), Sir Richard Acland, and my grandfather. Alec mentions Acland in his short memoir in reference to Acland and Priestley’s Common Wealth, in which Alec “took a very active part.”
The Albany Trust was founded the same year homosexuality was legalized, in the apartment of one of my grandfather’s (seemingly) close associates, J. B. Priestley, the chairman of the afore-mentioned 1941 Committee, and with whom my grandfather started the CND party. The Albany Trust is generally associated with civil liberties and gay rights, hence is seen as being left-leaning. Yet there’s evidence to suggest it may have been funding the right too, such as its involvement with the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality (CGHE).
The abuse research blog The Needle implies that the CGHE was implicated in the promotion of Elm Guest House, a now-notorious child brothel in Barnes, London (The Needle, 2013). The CGHE was founded in 1975 by Professor Peter Campbell, of Reading University, who was chairman or vice-president through most of the Thatcher years. Campbell also edited the newsletter and has been named as a visitor to the Elm Guest House. According to The Needle, “The minutes from the founding meeting clearly show that, despite being labelled as an organization that promoted gay equality, it was from inception a ‘pro-pedophile organization.’”
The Grith Fyrd campers—or Pioneers—were a mixture of young unemployed men, who were able to continue to draw benefit, and idealists who mostly came from middle-class backgrounds. The Pioneers built the camp buildings and furniture themselves, and produced their own food. Aldous Huxley wrote in the Sunday Chronicle that the Godshill camp was “almost a replica of an American backwoods settlement of a century ago” (Huxley, 2001, p. 150). For Huxley, the primitive conditions were an admirable counterblow against the standardization of modern urban, industrial society. (As well as Huxley, J. B Priestley paid a visit to the camp.) Grith Fyrd was never a large movement (camps consisted of between thirty and fifty “inmates” apiece), and it had effectively died out as a living experiment by the late 1930s. A handful of veterans organized in the late 1940s to plan the Braziers Park community—bringing us full circle.
At the beginning of World War II, Norman Glaister and his friends joined Common Wealth, the new political party formed by Sir Richard Acland. Acland began as a “junior whip” for the Liberals. His politics apparently changed course and, in 1942, he broke from the Liberals to found Common Wealth with J. B. Priestley, thereby opposing the coalition between the major parties (see Acland, 1981). He helped form the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1957, of which my grandfather was a co-founder and, according to family history, for which he helped design the famous symbol. Common Wealth’s interest in optimizing social organization consistent with its principles also led it to develop close links with the School of Integrative Social Research at Braziers Park.
Orage’s collaborators and cohorts included Aleister Crowley, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and (allegedly) Robert Graves. There’s certainly a significant area of overlap, and once again, the intelligence community seems to have colonized, if not created, the vesica piscis in the Venn diagram. In this case, the fish takes the form of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an anti-communist advocacy group created by the CIA in 1950, via the Ford Foundation. (This first came to public awareness in 1962, via the World Marxist Review. Four years later, the New York Times ran an article about how the CIA secretly funded the CCF’s British magazine Encounter; soon after (also in 1966) it revealed that the CIA had been instrumental in creating the group.) Encounter attracted some of the leading intellectuals of the period and beyond (despite having its intelligence roots revealed, Encounter continued until 1990). Contributors included Graves, Stephen Spender (founder), Melvin J. Lasky (co-founder), John Strachey, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden, Arthur Koestler, Anthony Burgess (who had his own MI5 affiliations), Ted Hughes (whom I met as a child), Jorge Luis Borges, Dwight Macdonald, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Kingsley Amis, Malcolm Bradbury, Tavistock employee R. D. Laing, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Marshall McLuhan, Phillip Larkin (who according to my brother’s memoir visited our childhood home), Paul Theroux, Elias Canetti, D. M. Thomas, David Lodge, Martin Amis, and Clive James. It’s been only half-jokingly called “some of the best money the CIA ever spent.”

My grandfather’s friend J. B. Priestley attended a CCF meeting hosted by Arthur Koestler in 1956, and Bertrand Russell was one of its chairmen during the early years.
Returning to the 20th century history of homosexuality, the Homosexual Law Reform Society was founded in Britain in 1958, publicly supported by Clement Attlee, Isaiah Berlin, Julian Huxley, J. B. Priestley, and Bertrand Russell, among others, with members including Victor Gollancz, Stephen Spender, MP Kenneth Younger, and the aforementioned Antony Grey. Most of the founders were supposedly not homosexual, at least openly. That same year, the related charity the Albany Trust was set up, using J. B. Priestley’s apartment for its first meetings (Grey joined in 1962).
In 1975, Sir Harold became chairman of Albany Trust; soon after he met with four or five PIE members at the MIND Sexual Minorities workshop. Having stated that there was a moral imperative for the Trust to assist pedophiles, he enlisted the aid of Trust director Anthony Grey (born Anthony Edgar Gartside Wright). Grey (then Wright) had been a journalist in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the 1940s (he may even have known Savile) before joining the Fabian-affiliated Homosexual Law Reform Society in 1958; he became secretary for Albany Trust in 1962 and director from 1971-77. In 1992’s Quest for Justice: Towards Homosexual Emancipation (a book which includes a photograph of Alec’s wartime associate, J. B. Priestley, with his wife, Jacquetta Hawkes), Grey writes:
I arranged for a few private discussions to be held at the Trust’s offices between psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers whom I knew to be concerned with paedophiles in their professional work, to explore with them the nature and availability of support needed. I also invited some paedophiles to join in these talks, including the young man who had spoken at the MIND conference and other members of the newly-formed (and ill-fated) Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and another group, PAL (Paedophile Action for Liberation).(2011, p. 209.)
Albany Trust teamed up with PIE to create a booklet called “Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers.”

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Re: J B Priestly

Post by semper occultus » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:40 pm

OK rub it in then - I did read the thread honestly !

Tom Wintringham aswell - totally forgot he got mentioned - another incredible character - a pretty hard-core committed Communist and probably the leading civilian expert on guerilla warfare in Britain at the time- he was running Dad's Army style training camp at Osterley House near me in W London & got closed down by the Ministry of Defence as they had suspicions he was setting up a revolutionary armed group under the guise of national defence

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