Graham Michael Lesch

[Note:this article was rescued from google cache after being nominated for speedy deletion by that notorious insulter of women Kudpung during Greenman’s RfA.  Over the next few days, I will try to rework this into at least a decent stub.]

Graham Michael Lesch with his adopted mother, Mrs Lesch and dog, Winny Winny (Source.)

Graham Michael Lesch (1936-2007) (born Dennis Strydom) was a South African author, primarily known for his autobiography, Shadows of Justice, an insider view of the South African penal system and the end of the apartheid era in south Africa.

He saw himself as a white man in Africa, here to set right the wrongs of his tribal line. He was a religious man that shared a deep spirituality with the ancestral heritage of the African continent. He found no greater enemy than the apartheid government. He spent much of the period between 1952 and 1974 labeled a notorious criminal and incarcerated, suffering torture and starvation.

He fled South Africa in 1969 by foot in a failed attempt to join the Pan Africanist Congress. In 1975 he married Jenny Clark. Jenny had polio as a child and is 95% physically disabled. Dennis was never involved in any political party and saw himself as fighting for freedom, justice and equality from the unwavering truths of his heart. “Man who has experienced the inhumanities of the system institutions and survives in normal society will come to realise that he is specially chosen by a higher power.”

He wrote his autobiography shortly before his death, and his ashes are scattered on Karl Marx‘s grave.



  • Shadows of Justice (2007)

External sources

Sonya Timofeeva

Sonya Timofeeva - singing Not Evening - screenshotSonya Timofeeva (Russian: Соня Тимофеева, София Тимофеева) (September 10, 1944 -) is a gypsy singer, actress, and dancer.  She became popular after the premiere of the film “Gypsy” (Цыган).

She was Honored Artist of the RSFSR in 1991.

She performed at Moscow’s Romen Theater. She was a soloist of the Moskontsert, a performer of Russian romances and gypsy songs.

In the 1990s, she left the theater, and nothing was known about her fate.  There were rumors that the singer left the country and was living abroad, or even that she had died.

In 2014, she appeared on Andrei Malakhov’s program “Let Them Talk” (Пусть говорят), “The Return of the Gypsy Sonya”, at the age of 69, and with a young husband, a quarter of a century younger than her, for a retrospective of her career, and talked about the secrets of gypsy magic, and how to determine by the cards whether a husband cheats.


Her mother was Evgenia Baurova, a singer and dancer.  The Baurov dynasty hailed from Leningrad gypsies. At an early age, Sonya liked to imitate her mother dancing.

Nikita Khrushchev issued a decree that all gypsies should become settled life. Military men in trucks arrived at the camp, and fifty gypsy families were taken to the city of Sovetsk in the Tula region. Sonya’s older brother, Anatoly Alekseevich, who was later was killed by unknown people, at that time worked in the Sevastopol Red Banner Ensemble. When Sonya was fourteen,  her uncles wanted her to get married and some guests came to visit.  The next day she was kidnapped from her school by matchmakers, but she put up a fight, that left scars on her body.  She was brought to a strange house, and locked in a room, but there were no bars on the windows and she got free and ran twenty kilometers back home. At home, she told her family, and her brother Anatoly went to deal with the failed groom. The men had a fight, and Anatoly slightly hurt his sister’s would-be kidnapper.  And investigation was started, but Sonya demanded the “groom” retract his statement to the police, and it was said they parted amicably.

Sonya was discovered by one of the artists of the Romen theater singing with the gypsy ensemble in Tula. She became a star at the Romen Theater with the song “Not Evening”.

The actress went on tour, singing in France, America, and Italy. At one of the concerts, Luciano Pavarotti met her and invited the singer to sing with him in Milan. She appeared with him at La Scala, and they sang “Black eyes” (Очи чёрные).

She was married to Alexei Khmelev (1943-2002), son of the legendary gypsy Lyalya Chernoy and Nikolai Khmelev, Stalin’s cultural adviser and one of the most sought-after suitors of the Soviet USSR. They lived in a mansion in Tverskaya, with antique furniture and a servant.

She was a hereditary fortune-teller, and according to rumor, Galina Brezhneva, daughter of Soviet politician and longtime General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev and Viktoria Brezhneva, and Raisa Gorbacheva, wife of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev came for Timofeeva’s predictions.

In 2000, her husband died of a heart attack at the age of fifty-nine.  Sonya was out of work, and sold all the antiques and moved into a two-room apartment.  She met her next husband, Vyacheslav Bobrik, a seller in a newsstand, returning home from visiting the grave of her husband, and asked him for a hundred rubles for cigarettes.  He recognized her from the film “Gypsy”, and gave her the money. After a year of getting to know each other, they decided to get together.

Sonya has a son Evgraf Timofeev, named for his father Eugraf Jankowski, a Polish gypsy descended from a Count’s family.  Sonya fell in love with him at the Romen theater, but he disappeared the day after the child was born.


Sonya played in seven films, “The Living Corpse” 1968 ‘Живой труп’ directed by Vladimir Vengerov,”Privalov’s Millions” (1972) for the small role of Stesha, a few years later starred in the films: “Black Birch“, “Balamut“, “New Adventures of Captain Wrongel.”


Track listing 1 Кай ёне 2 Настенька 3 Нанэ мандэ родо 4 Гэя куля 5 Машенька 6 Мэ дарава 7 Драго 8 Сосница 9 Заборо 10 Ручеек 11 Дживен, дживен 12 Кумушка 13 Нанэ бахт 14 Хабарка 15 Прогэя
1 The Look of Your Black Eyes 2 Back Off 3 Don’t Tell Me About Him (His Fault) 4 He Told Me 5 Don’t Harp On 6 Piteous Groan 7 Feast Your Eyes on Me 8 Look Back 9 Oh, Forget Your Old Passions 10 Soon the Happy Day 11 In Parting She Said


List of theater roles

  • Moscow Music and Drama Theater “Romen”: Veruts “Rum Baro” I. Shvedov (production by S. A. Barkan, director and assistant S. I. Andreev)
  • Zarga “Hot Blood” I. Khrustalyov (production by S. A. Barkan, director E. L. Ludwigova)
  • Nastya “Gypsy” I. Rom-Lebedev, N. Narozhniy, Y. Kozibeyev based on the novel by A. Kalinin (staged by S. A. Barkan and I. A. Soboleva)
  • Stesha “Gypsy Aza” M. Staritsky (production by A.V. Biryukov)
  • The participant “What the violin sang” (Gypsy tunes) V. Lyubinsky, I. Rom-Lebedev (staged by S. A. Barkan)
  • String “For a friendly conversation” I.P. Stock (production by S.A. Barkan, director V.F. Bisev)
  • Nastya “Children of the birds” N. Cherkashin (director O.T. Khabalov)
  • Gundya “I was born in the camp” Yu. Nagibin, I. Rom-Lebedev (production by S. A. Barkan, director N. A. Slichenko)
  • Shaloro’s “Future Bonfires” based on the novel by A. Kalinin (production by S. A. Barkan, director E.; O. Egadze)
  • Sonia “Gypsy Love” I.V. Khrustalyov (director E.O. Egadze)
  • Fesha “Gypsy Aza” M. Staritsky (production by S. A. Barkan)
  • Tanya “Hello, Pushkin!” A. Hessen, I. Rom-Lebedev (production by S. A. Barkan, director B. R. Tashkent)
  • Grushenka “Grushenka” I.P. Stock on the story of N.S. Leskova (Stage Director N. A. Slichenko)
  • The line “The Gypsies Went …” I. Rom-Lebedev (Stage Director N. A. Slichenko)
  • Manuilikh “Enchantment” based on the story of A.I. Kuprina “Olesya” (staged by OT Khabalov)
  • Carmen “We Are Gypsies” I. Rom-Lebedev, N. Slichenko (Stage Director N. A. Slichenko)
  • Soloist “We Are Gypsies” I. Rom-Lebedev, N. Slichenko (Stage Director N. A. Slichenko)


Here she is dancing gypsy-style:


The cromorne is a baroque French instrument.

It has an internal reed, a nasal sound, and seems to be vaguely in the bagpipe family.

“straight” ebay cromorne

It supposedly has a straight bore and the bell has an open end. It is supposed to be similar to the rauschpfeif and the cornamuse, but the rauschpfeif has a conical bore and corresponding distinctive loud voice, and the cornamuse has a bell with a closed end and holes in the sides of the bell, giving it a soft voice.

None if this is checked out of course, I got it off of ebay.

Meanwhile, on the internet there are a lot of warnings not to confuse the cromorne with the crumhorn or “tournebout” in French.  But confused they are.

Here is a much published image of a woman playing a … something. Here it is from Commons. The name of the file is File:Cromorne.jpg and the description is “Joueur de tournebout, détail d’un tableau de Vittore Carpaccio, 1510”, but it is actually used on the article for tournebout in the French Wikipedia.

The image is also used on an album cover, now out of stock, for “Krumhorn Cromorne / Storto Tournebout” by Syntagma Amici.  Looks like they covered all the bases. The album is a showcase of standard pieces for the double-reed, in this case all four voices – bass, tenor, alto, and soprano (and maybe a recorder or two and a shawm?). As far as the selections, there seems to be a playlist here (Japanese?) and another here (UPenn libraries). The recording is said to be not the best, but more than compensated for by its rarity, at least among cromorne (tournebout?) aficionados.

Digging a little deeper we find the cover image is part of a larger image, a painting by Victor Carpathius that includes another popular image of a boy with a lute: File:Dettaglio Presentazione di Gesù al Tempio di Vittore Carpaccio (2).JPG

After still more digging, the painting is revealed to be La presentazione di Gesù al tempio”, and in the possession of the Accademia di Venezia.

And wouldn’t you know, this just happens to be on Commons as well. Seems to be more than one:

Oh dear, it’s a whole category.

So where can we hear this wonder of all wonders, preferably played by women.

Oh my, here is a collection of quartet-type nasally instruments, all with an image of our Vittore_Carpaccio lady playing the…whatever it was.  I do believe we’ve hit pay dirt.  The first is In den Cromhorn: Allemaigne I. If you like the first one, they will probably auto-play, otherwise this seems to be the playlist.

There are some more shawms and crumhorns here, from the same uploader, with the unlikely addition of a tenor sackbut.  Odd name, that.

The cromorne seems to have made it onto the organ stops of the day as well.   The composer François Couperin (1668-1733) only wrote two works for organ, both parish masses, at the age of 21, before shifting to harpsichord and chamber music. The parish mass has four major sections, Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, the cromorne solo is a fugue “en taille” (alto) in the Gloria (no. 18).  A trio in (no. 10) has two sopranos on cromorne.

Here you can listen to it and follow along on the music, (and believe me, you won’t find this music printed anywhere else)(okay, on second thought, here you go…)
…the cromorne kicks in after a short introduction and you can hear the nasally tone of the organ stop. The organ stop is described here: “les jeux d’anches—a reed combination, much employed in fugues, including the brilliant trompette on the grand orgue and the sardonic cromorne on the positif. Each of these reeds could also be used as a solo stop.”

But do listen to it on a famous organ.  Here it is on an organ built by François-Henri Clicquot (1732 – 1790) at Poitiers Cathedral.

Here is on an organ built by Jean-Baptiste Le Picard (1706-79) (red link) at the monastery church of the female Benedictines in Liège, Belgium.

Check out the keys, the black and white keys are reversed.

So where exactly are these female Benedictines in Liège, Belgium?  Liège is supposed to be in the Dutch-speaking section of Belgium. Well of course they have left out the women, haven’t they. Do you suppose it’s the one in this listAbbey of the Peace of Our Lady, Liège. (a big fat red link). Let’s try in Dutch, shall we?  Abdij van de Vrede van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, Luik. Yep.

“Het orgel, gebouwd door Jean-Baptiste le Picard, van 1737.”

(The organ, built by Jean-Baptiste le Picard, from 1737.)

And the French article is very nice, map and everything.

But poor Jean-Baptiste le Picard is a red link, even in Dutch.

See here (in Dutch)

In September 1750 the chapter of the Basilica of Our Lady signed a contract with the Liège organ builder Jean Baptiste Le Picard for the construction of a completely new organ. Jean-Baptiste and his brother Jean-François Le Picard had a great realization in 1739 in Saint-Pierre in Liège (1739) (4 manuals, a pedal attached and 39 registers), an instrument that was so appreciated that they were later asked three times to make an identical organ, namely for the abbey of Herckenrode in Kuringen (1744), the Basilica of Tongeren (1750, completed in 1752) and the Benedictine abbey of St. Truiden (1753).

Also see here (in English) for the le Picard family of organ builders.  Jean-Baptiste le Picard (1706-1779) was the son of Philippe le Picard II (between 1650 and 1668 – 1729), and the grandson of Philippe le Picard I (born between 1620 and 1630, d 1701 or 1702). From The Organ: An Encyclopedia, By Douglas Earl Bush, Richard Kassel, can’t get much more “notable” than that.

Oh look, the nuns’ organ is even a national treasure, a protected heritage site:

“Het orgel is geklasseerd in 1983 als Patrimoine exceptionnel de la Région wallonne“.

(The organ was classified in 1983 as Patrimoine exceptionnel de la Région wallonne).

It’s on Commons,

for the sanctuary, about as baroque as you can get.

RIP Magdalen Berns

[Updates added at the bottom.]

Magdalen Berns (May 6, 1983 – September 13, 2019) died yesterday morning at the age of 36.  She was an online personality living in Scotland. She is most known for her YouTube channel with over 30,000 subscribers and for inspiring women who were struggling with transgender issues.

I had meant to write about her earlier, because the information about her should be curated somehow, but there really isn’t that much information – yet.  People are starting to share links on various websites, mostly to Youtube stuff that isn’t already in her own channel. Her YouTube channel is being archived somewhere.

It’s a pity there isn’t a place on the internet you can go to, to find out something about people like her.  /snark

She was a software developer, I think, and also I have read she was a PhD in physics, and a graduate of Edinburgh University, but have not been able to confirm it. Physics degree in 2016 in this video 0:47.

Here is what I have so far:

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling was attacked by activists for following Berns.

Berns had fallen in and out of love – with women.

She had been active in politics, and although she belonged to the political left, she had been critical of it. Ironically, it was a conservative news outlet, the National Review, that first did a piece on her. Someone read it to her on her deathbed.

Berns was diagnosed with glioblastoma – a brain tumor – in 2018.

McKinnon winning women’s bicycle title, with arms encircling 2nd & 3rd place winners. What does this body language say?

Rachel McKinnon (Wikipedia), a competitive cyclist and philosophy professor at College of Charleston in South Carolina was critical of Berns and called her “trash.”.

Rachel McKinnon — who won the women’s cycling world championship despite being a man — tweeted that Berns is “a trash human” and “maybe [should] live by the maxim whereby ‘Don’t be the sort of person who people you’ve harmed are happy you’re dying of brain cancer.’”

McKinnon’s department was lobbied for an apology by hundreds of people, but the college said that faculty comments were protected by the First Amendment.

“here is the video that was a shocking, Emperor-has-no-clothes moment for many. Language a bit naughty, but we are all grown ups.”


External websites and social media

One conversation which had begun around ending misogynistic trolling on internet dating sites got really interesting because it quickly developed into two groups who were each keen to address sexism from different angles. One group focused on online sexism and the other on sexism at conferences and other events. The latter group went on to discuss establishing a universal code of conduct available for FLOSS projects to adopt if they choose, while the former group considered developing software to deal with abuse on IRC. Everyone got so engaged that we chatted until the notetaker’s wrists were sore from 2 or 3 hours of typing. It was incredibly heartening to see so many men who are interested discussing these issues in one place. I have never seen anything like that before in my life! It takes quite a lot of objectivity and emotional intelligence to be able to stand up for the rights of a group you aren’t part of.

Other videos

‘”Gender identity” culture in student spaces: the impact on women.‘ Presentation by Magdalen Berns.  From ‘Thinking Differently: Feminists Questioning Gender Politics’, a one-day conference held at Conway Hall, London, UK on Saturday 16 July 2016.

Here she is in Bristol last year: Not speaking on the panel, but brought in from the back during questions at 1:54 (a few drinks the worse for wear). Huge cheers for her from the audience, who love her. Also says she has 3 boxing titles just before 1:58


Update: There is now a Wikipedia article, full of gibberish.  Why can’t they write in plain English. And do they really have to reproduce actual hate speech terms in the article itself.  She is only dead less than 24 hours and her article is full of inflammatory language that is only used to advocate killing women?

More update:

  • Nominated for deletion: (NOTE: if you want to participate in the deletion discussion, you put your comment at the end of the other comments, vote “Keep” or “Delete” and give some policy-based reason.  You are not voting on whether you like Madalen or agree with whatever, but whether the topic is encyclopedic enough to be included in the Wikipedia, in Wikipedia jardon: “notability”. See policy page or just agree with someone you think is making the argument you want to emphasize. As an example, the Rolling Stones is notable, and will have a Wikipedia article, your neighbor’s garage band is not.  Personally I am a “deletionist”, not an “inclusionist”, but I think she is ‘notable’, just barely, because she has been covered by so many sources, even if it is not the NYT.
  • it has been archived once in the Wayback Machine
  • Whose sock is this? Added the slur “cis” to the lede.  And ewww, “Provide more balance on definition of cotton ceiling”

    a term coined by Canadian [[Trans_woman|trans woman]] and activist Drew DeVeaux, which refers to the mechanism by which certain cis lesbians use their sexuality to deny trans women‘s womanhood.

    Imagine that, lesbians who use a “mechanism” of refusing to be raped by “women with penises”.  Not to mention the  “women with penises” who are only interested in Lesbians, and not in other “women with penises”, thus denying their own “womanhood”.

  • Thoughts on “notability”.  How is “notability” established for other individuals whose primary notability came from youtube? Why is Anita Sarkeesian considered “notable”, for instance.
  • Characterizing the news coverage as “just a Twitter feud” is disingenuous. Rowling is very well known, and her public support for this person was significant. Someone needs to go through the issues that Berns talked about in her videos, human trafficking I believe was the first one that got her in trouble with the student associations, then Big Pharma in transitioning children, the big money donations of Stonewall, her position on “sex-based rights” which is a thing in England, etc. Were there articles in the student paper about the student association disputes?
  • Once again they have not posted a definition of Wikipedia “notability” on the deletion discussion, newcomers are not likely to be able to discuss the deletion effectively. requires that “the subject has received significant attention from independent sources” and “that this was not a mere short-term interest“. It is not just a “Twitter spat” it is an ongoing public debate. These are the types of sources to concentrate on right now.
  • Once again, mainstream media has been derelict in covering women’s issues, preferring to cater to the powerful Stonewall and Big Pharma lobbies, not to mention the threats of violence that always arise when women push back against being sexually assaulted.  Where are the sources?  Who can write them?  There is a story here, and it is about core values, not some “Twitter spat”.  Berns’ YouTube channel had 30,000 viewers, won’t some of them buy a book on the topic or are millennials all about video now?  Where is the dead tree version?

Here are the page view stats.

ANOTHER UPDATE, with links about the Edinburgh University controversies.  This was about legalizing human trafficking, and somewhat about using trigger warnings to intimidate and silence people: (“whorephobic trigger” added in front of the Berns’ candidate statement). As these links seem to uncover new links when they are in a new blog post, the new collection of links is here:

Also, there is a mention of her boxing in THE SCOTSMAN, a nice reliable source

Well now what is this Looks like someone in India who is doing this for their job.


I have archived the article again:

The archive for the talk page is current:

I was wondering why people were not adding more sources, since Fae is now topic-banned from gender and will not be around.  But the article is now protected so you need to be autoconfirmed (10 edits and 4 days), still it seems the article is being cleaned up a bit.  A lot more sourcing has been provided than when it was nominated for deletion, this is often an effective rational for keeping the article.

The deletion discussion has now been invaded by people claiming Berns was “anti-trans”, I don’t believe this is accurate, although it seems to be the current liberal position – this is why telelogical feminists so often cross the aisle and align with conservatives/libertarians for social issues. LOL “wedge issue” indeed. The trans-activism thing has been taken over by bad actors: perverts, gays who don’t want to be labeled as gay, obvious pedos, Big Pharma, and there’s some genuinely dangerous and violent people as well. There are also real trans, and they are the ones who will be hurt by this.  Some of them are in the Wikimedia movement, and people do know them and want to protect them.


(In other words, this is a non-issue, skip this section.)

( Internal links).
Besides numerous project notification pages, the article is already linked from

Should be added to:  Births in 1983

JK Rowling?  There was only a statement, and issued by her office, so maybe WP:UNDUE?.

Graham Linehan? This would be an obvious addition.  I mean, he’s been using her image as his avatar for how long?  There are Twitter sources…    (Is he “anti-transgender though?  He has written extensively in defense of one trans who was banned from Twitter.)

Photo.  There should be a photo added to her infobox. Articles with photos get more page views and are not questioned as much.  It should be possible to upload one to English Wikipedia only (not Commons) as “fair use”, as she is deceased and there is no possibility of obtaining another one. Unless you can find someone who took a picture of her to donate one and upload it to Commons…  Where is her partner?  In any case, if a photo is in Commons, it can be added to Wikidata, which is harder to delete than Wikipedia.

It’s unfortunate they had a problem getting her YouTube channel into the article, it should be in the infobox.  It’s her main website, yes?, and one or sometimes two main websites are permitted.  For some reason they don’t like YouTube, but more and more that’s how millennials communicate. not an issue for deletion discussion


…adding new obit has new info: she co-founded ForWomen.Scot “the largest women’s rights group in Scotland” which is frequently quoted by The Scotsman about legislation. Byline by “Deborah Lavin and Susan Chynoweth” not sure if Lavin is the same one as the historian with the Wikipedia article.

…adding link to trying to figure out the dispute between Berns and the campus feminist group.

…this one is in Spanish.  I have now made a translation:

Quoted in passing by Meghan Murphy 9/20/2019

“But, in the words of the late, great Magdalen Berns, ‘I’d rather be rude than a fucking liar.’

“The truth is that what began as an effort to protect the rights of gay and lesbian people — still persecuted in many parts of the world — has been taken over by people fighting to allow men to access women’s locker rooms.”

Assaulted May 29, 2018

photo of Magdalen presenting about GNOME

Short obit

Another very short obit

“Gender identity” culture in student spaces: the impact on women.’ Presentation by Magdalen Berns.


Someone has changed the article to say Linehan opposes transgender people, this is not correct, in the past he has supported Kristina Harrison who IMHO is much more reasonable than posting to social media calling for people to display nooses.  (See my new translation of )  This pitting of one marginalized group against another is troubling, but considering the times we live in, perhaps not surprising.

People are harassing Graham Linehan‘s family, his wife, and he is drawing back, please make sure he is accurately quoted in his Wikipedia article etc. Thank you Mr. Linehan for your courage, and be safe.


In another day the deletion discussion for the article is scheduled to close.

The decision will be made by an uninvolved admin (someone who did not participate in the discussion) who will make the decision based on policy reasons (usually sourcing), they will not be influenced by comments about liking or agreeing with the topic.

NOTE: If you want to participate in the deletion discussion, open an edit window, you put your comment at the end of the other comments, vote “Keep” or “Delete” and give some policy-based reason.  You are not voting on whether you like Madalen or agree with whatever, but whether the topic is encyclopedic enough to be included in the Wikipedia, …in Wikipedia jardon: “notability”. As an example, the Rolling Stones is “notable”, and will have a Wikipedia article, your neighbor’s garage band is not.  See policy page or just agree with someone you think is making a good policy argument (usually about sources) or the argument you want to emphasize. Another good argument is that initially there weren’t enough good sources when some other people voted to delete, but the article has now been much improved.


Death notice in the Edinburgh News on Sept. 19, 2019 (placed by her sister)


new obit: includes boxing career

international reaction Germany translated from German:

international reaction Turkey translated/paraphrased

international reaction Spain translation

from 2017 in France, journaliste Julie Bindel and meetings disrupted “Gender Recognition Act : la lutte des femmes britanniques pour ne pas être effacées” (Gender Recognition Act: the fight of British women not to be erased) ; also “Remettre en question la notion d’identité de genre et le silence imposé à l’analyse féministe”, by Meghan Murphy, journaliste et écrivaine, (“Questioning the notion of gender identity and the silence imposed on feminist analysis”, by Meghan Murphy, Journalist and Writer, Feminist Current) Feminist Current,

mentioned in passing, conference 2016

Danish (comment section)

italy 2016 “La queer-politics, nuova faccia del patriarcato” 2018 (in the comments)

Portuguese Falecimento de Magdalen Berns – Lésbica Feminista Radical 15 de setembro de 2019, 19:30

  • “Magdalen Berns faleceu. Que triste notícia.Magdalen foi uma lésbica feminista crítica à noção de gênero. Sua postura feminista radical, sempre em defesa dos direitos e interesses das mulheres lésbicas e de toda a classe de mulheres, a tornou tanto alvo de ataques constantes, como uma influência feminista. Ela foi inspiração para muitas lésbicas, admirada e respeitada por muitas pessoas em várias partes do mundo.Corajosa, brilhante, charmosa, espirituosa.Farás falta.  (Magdalen Berns Death – Radical Feminist Lesbian September 15, 2019, 7:30 pm,Magdalen Berns passed away. What a sad news. Magdalen was a lesbian feminist critical of the notion of gender. Her radical feminist stance, always defending the rights and interests of lesbian women and the entire class of women, has made her both a target of constant attack and a feminist influence. She has been an inspiration to many lesbians, admired and respected by many people in various parts of the world.Brave, brilliant, charming, witty.   You will be missed.)

College Athletes Players Association: LSU meets AfC

So tell me again why it is that newbies don’t stick around.  Is it the archaic and unexplained rulz?  Or maybe the harassment from external websites? Or the constant and unexplained deletion of articles?

This is a tale about the College Athletes Players Association, and how a student from Louisiana State University met up with Articles for Creation, otherwise known as “where articles go to die”.

But first things first. Draft articles tend to disappear after 6 months or so.  Let’s save the article in the Wayback Machine so we don’t have to start over with the sources.

College Athletes Players Association

The College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) is a labor organization established to assert college athletes’ status as employees with the right to collectively bargain for basic protections.[1] Started by Ramogi Huma, Kain Colter, and Luke Bonner in January of 2014, the organization first gathered support among the Northwestern University football team.

Northwestern Football Team Union

The Northwestern University football team was the first collegiate sports team to gather support for the CAPA and apply for union status.

The CAPA, after receiving support from many of the scholarship holding members of the Northwestern University football team, submitted a application to the National Labor Relations Board petitioning to bargain on behalf of these NU players. The premise of the CASA’s case to the Board was set in the idea that the players are effectively employees of the university and should in that respect have the right to unionize. The case was highly publicized and, as of August 17, 2015, the Board dismissed the petition.[2] Although the motion failed, the CAPA and the Northwestern football team began gaining support among other labor unions, like the United Steel Workers.[3]


Category:Sports trade unions of the United States

As new article stubs go, this isn’t bad, although if it had been written by a woman, the Wikipedia criticism sites would be all over it, publishing her photo, and writing walls of text denouncing her as a fraudster and making prurient remarks about her appearance and/or mental health. But this particular student is male, and with the additional bonus of writing about sports, and not female scientists or anything, so he doesn’t have to make it past that particular hurdle.

So when the original article was moved out of the student’s sandbox, it looked like this. A few things missing, like the right structure for references, no category, and the student template was still on it, but fortunately for him, some nice admin came around and cleaned up the detail.  He did have a photo on the article, as well as three refs, one being from the New York Times, which is generally regarded as high quality, and not just mentioning the group in passing, but the entire article being about the subject.

The student even had a guest post at the WikiEd blog, published two days ago, although we don’t know how long it was in the can before being published. Was the student’s article already deleted when he wrote the piece for WikiEd?  Does he know?

So this is where everything gets weird, and I can’t explain what is going on.

The article’s current deletion log is not helpful:

01:35, 3 July 2019 JJMC89 talk contribs deleted page College Athletes Players Association (R2: Cross-namespace redirect from mainspace | TW)

The Wikipedia essay on “cross namespace redirects” does not give much clue either.

Smiley at Wikipediocracy has sniffed out a different (earlier) version of the deletion log, but why the log would change is beyond me.  This would indicate the article was first moved to draft status before being deleted.

The reason for moving to draft space was “No coverage beyond passing mentions, could become notable with time but falling victim to 1E (via script)(revert)”  Except for an entire article in the NYT, of course. And how on earth is a newbie supposed to interpret “falling victim to 1E”?

There should have been a deletion discussion at AfD. If Etzedek24 thought there were not enough citations, he should have nominated it for deletion, after looking for more sources.

This guy has just found a way to make articles disappear without a trace. So who is he?


User:Etzedek24 has requested permissions for AFC, but it looks like he is on some sort of probation there, after running into some difficulty, and is neither confirmed or denied. The difficulty?  Mis-tagging articles.  His New Page Patroller status was revoked as a result.

His talk page is full of similar stuff.

Here is the Louisiana State University course page.  Seems like a large class, 28 students, but English Composition is a core course for pretty much everything.  Probably not a lot of opportunity for individualized instruction, unless you go to the prof’s office hours.  Most of the students just added stuff to existing articles.  I just did a quick spot check, but it seems this student has really gone beyond the course requirements in creating a new article. You have to wonder now if he regrets using his real name on Wikipedia.

And what can he do?  Is there an appeal process for an article that has been inexplicably turned into a draft? How can a newbie possibly negotiate this morass.  Once again, Wikipedia will drive off a promising newbie.

But the collaboration aspect of Wikipedia is the true beauty of it. A community of knowledge seekers working together to ensure the intellectual integrity of the articles on the site and feedback is a vital part of this.

I wonder if he still feels this way or if he hates us now. At least he has left us with the CRAP test for evaluating sources (currency, reliability, authority and purpose), tactfully referred to in the blog piece as the C.R.A.P.P. system.

So what about this CAPA (College Athletes Players Association)? It turns out to be a rather interesting chapter in the history of labor and sports.


Sports Illustrated has a really good article: “Fate of the Union: How Northwestern football union nearly came to be“, excerpted from the book Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA, by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss, which which won the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting.

Ramogi Huma

The formation of CAPA was announced at a press conference January 28, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.

The cast of characters:

  • Ramogi Huma (Wikipedia – lots of maintenance tags), former UCLA linebacker from California, and founder of the Collegiate Athletes Coalition, whichlater became the National College Players Association (NCPA) (red link), which “puts public pressure on the NCAA to expand the rights and benefits of athletes”.

“When Ramogi Huma was a freshman at UCLA, in 1995, one of his teammates, All-America linebacker Donnie Edwards, told a local radio station that he didn’t have enough money to buy food. A few days later an agent left a bag of groceries worth about $150 on Edwards’s doorstep. When the NCAA found out, Edwards, who would go on to have a long and successful pro career, was suspended for one game. The suspension had a profound impact on Huma: UCLA could sell Edwards’s jersey in the campus bookstore for $50, but he couldn’t afford dinner?”

  • Tim Waters (red link), director of the United Steelworkers Political Action Committee
  • Kain Colter (Wikipedia), quarterback for Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Leo Gerard (Wikipedia article), president of United Steelworkers (USW)

Huma had been working with the Steelworkers on scholarship issues as early as 2001.  In 2011 concussions became an issue.  The 2012 Student Athlete Bill of Rights addressed some problems with scholarship and health protections for players in California.

Huma and Colter worked together in 2013 with a Twitter campaign of “apu”, for All Players United, written on players’ wrist bands with photos tweeted during the game.

Kain Colter

In January 2014, Huma and Waters walked into the National Labor Relations Board office in Chicago with union cards signed by almost all of the football players at a Big Ten university. “We’re here to unionize the Northwestern football team,” said Huma. The formation of the union was announced at a press conference later that day, with Colter stating, “The NFL has the NFLPA, the NBA has the NBAPA, and now college athletes have the College Athletes Players Association.”

When Huma turned in the union cards, it became national news.

“Not surprisingly, Northwestern refused to recognize the players as employees, so a hearing before the regional NLRB in Chicago was scheduled for February.”

The school mounted a vigorous campaign against the unionization.

Northwestern immediately appealed Ohr’s decision to the full NLRB in Washington, and a group of congressional Republicans submitted a supporting amicus brief. A U.S. House of Representatives committee called a hearing in May that brought Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir and Baylor president Kenneth Starr (yes, the former Bill Clinton antagonist) to D.C. to lament the unionization drive.

The effort finally folded.  A vote was taken but the votes were never counted. Northwestern’s appeal to the NLRB in Washington ended in 2015, when the board backed off in a stalemate.

More sources:



A Dolmetsch box

Down a rabbit hole….

What are the chances of this: stumbling on this Ebay scraper page by accident, and discovering that two entries for recorders have the same bizarre notation.  They have both been edited on Ebay too, so something happened.

Vintage carved wooden recorder. Good tone. I found it in a Dolmetsch box. But I have doubts that it is actually a Dolmetsch. Based on the gentleman that once owned it, I’d estimate it’s age somewhere between 50 and 70 years. Appears in good condition with some wear evident around the mouthpiece.

On the page itself you can find links to Ebay sales for everything from a 24 carat gold flute mouthpiece for $4,695.00 to an entire gold flute for around 15 grand.  And all of these fancy flutes come from …the Netherlands!!!


Imagine that, the Dutch streets are paved with golden flutes, but they don’t have a pot to piss in. (see “wildplassen” hashtag) Peter Paul Ekker, a spokesperson for the deputy mayor: “Obviously it should be equal and everyone will agree it can be done better, but what are the costs, is there space, and is it worth it?” Is it worth it, heh.  Business as usual, in the gold-flute-lined streets of Amsterdam.  And still no Wikipedia article for this, or Geerte Piening, although they did add Zeikwijf to the Plaskrul article.

Not everything comes from the Netherlands of course, you can order an antique “H.F.Meyer Hannover” flute from Boise for a mere $625.  I kind of like it.

But back to the “Dolmetsch box”.

The thing looks kind of creepy, no?  It says it is made of wood, but it looks like bone.  Sort of like a femur, actually.

But this is a red herring, the Dolmetsch box was never about this, it was only there to send us down this Dolmetsch rabbit hole.

Dolmetsch (Eugène Arnold Dolmetsch,  1858 – 1940) was an instrument maker from Haselmere, south west of London.  Wikipedia has little interesting informaton about him, other than the names of his female relatives.

Moving on to an article in the Guardian, Arnold Dolmetsch had a reputation for being a sandals-and-beard sort of dude who looked like a druid, for being part of the arts and crafts movement, and for his instruments being recommended by George Bernard Shaw – there are numerous anecdotes about him with literary figures of the day (see this blog).

But most of all, Dolmetsch is credited with reviving the recorder as an instrument.  I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, or if the recorder even qualifies as a musical instrument, but it is entirely true that there are a lot of them out there, and that children are sometimes encouraged to try them, and that his name was stamped on them. So this is all his fault. His family dynasty also maintains a legendary music website that uses Sibelius Scorch to access.

According to Wikipedia, “His 1915 book The Interpretation of the Music of the XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries was a milestone in the development of ‘authentic performances‘ of early music. ”  The book is a red link of course, but it is all over. Internet Archive has it. There are others. You can buy used copies, some more cheaply than others, and with a multitude of different covers. The book had all the great gossip about performance practice, for example, what did Mozart think of a particular type of ornamentation.

But where are the women?

After wading through three ex-wives and and some offspring, we find his daughter, Cecile Dolmetsch was a viol player, and his third wife Mabel Johnston /Mabel Dolmetsch was a noted player of the bass viol, as well as an author who wrote Dances of England and France 1450 – 1600, published by Routledge and Paul, 1949.

This must be the daughter in this 1928 video. Or maybe the other daughter Nathalie Dolmetsch, who became a leading member of the Viola da Gamba Society (red link). Full story of the video here.

Mabel Dolmetsch

Mabel Dolmetsch (1874–1963), was Arnold’s third wife, 16 years his junior, who had started taking violin lessons from him in 1896 and, within a year, had become part of the concert-giving “family”, mostly performing on the violone or the viola da gamba. At the same time, she worked as Arnold’s instrument-building assistant, as she’d been learning wood-working, on the quiet.

Mabel Dolmetsch’s most well-known book,  Dances of England and France 1450 – 1600, is not available, even in google books snippet view, although someone has obviously scanned it, so don’t bother to try to quote it for Wikipedia. There are plenty of used copies on 4mazon though. (Not gonna link, they will spam me with ads.)

She also wrote a few other books, including a memoir about her famous husband.

Personal and family life

Mabel Johnston /Mabel Dolmetsch was born the thirteenth child in a family of fourteen. Her brother was Harry Johnston (Wikipedia blue link). Thanks to her brother’s Wikipedia article, we know that her parents were John Brookes Johnstone, a Scottish insurance broker, and Esther Laetitia Hamilton, background and occupation unknown. She had four children with Arnold Dolmetsch: Cecile Dolmetsch (obit), Nathalie Dolmetsch (The Viola Da Gamba), Rudolph Dolmetsch (online) (national portrait gallery) , Carl Dolmetsch (bio) (obit)

Some sources

There is a family tree here with some biographical data: Dolmetsch history page:

In French:

In German:

List of ref:

Mabel Johnston’s recordings in connection with her work with the revival of the Irish harp may be historically interesting, but they are scratchy and hard to listen to.

Here is harpist Alisa Sadikova. (If you can’t open it, copy/paste to a new address bar)

And if you would like an encore, a Mozart concerto for harp and flute.

Gregor Murray

Gregor Murray or Gregor Fisher Murrey (May 14, 1987 – ) is a Scottish politician and an Independent councillor from Ward 6 (North East district) of Dundee in Scotland. This Dundee City Council district covers the areas of Mill O’Mains, Claverhouse, Fintry, and Whitfield.   Murray was elected as a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 2012 and again in 2016.

Murray was born in the Fintry area of Dundee, and attended secondary school at Braeview Academy.  Murray attended University of Dundee and received an MA in International Relations and Politics in 2008, and an MLitt in European Politics in 2010.  Murray was employed in IT, then as a journalism researcher, then from 2007 to 2013 worked for Shona Robison, MSP for the Dundee East district and the Cabinet Secretary who promoted a 40% female quota in boardrooms,  and for Joe FitzPatrick the Dundee West district MSP for the SNP, and the Government’s chief whip.

On the Dundee City council, Murray was the convener of the Children and Families Service Committee.

Murray’s stated gender is “Plural (neutral)”. According to mumsnet, Murray is male but “identifies as non-binary which is underneath the trans umbrella.
Non-Binary identities are very individualistic so it may mean that Murray does not identify as man or woman or alternatively Murray identifies as both man & woman.”


avatar twitter boy scout gregor murrayIn May 2014, while deputy convener for education, Murray attacked Alex Salmond’s plan for 40% female representation in boardrooms as “f***ing stupid”, and  “the biggest load of p*** I have ever seen”. (not sure what is p***)

In August 2017, a complaint was lodged against Councillor Murray by Rev Bob Mallinson over concerns the pedestrian crossings at new Tayview Primary School were not working in time for the opening.  According to the complaint, Murray “responded that he didn’t care and that he wasn’t interested in anything I had to say to him. Councillor Murray also called me a liar.”

grogipher-twitterIn July 2018, Murray referred to the political equality group Women 50:50 as “absolute roasters”, which was criticized by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. “Roaster” is Scottish slang for an objectionable person.

In August 2018 Murray resigned as convener of the children and families services committee and equal opportunities spokesperson, following profanity-laden rants on social media surrounding an anti-trans protest at a London Pride event.

As chair of the children’s and families service committee, Murray approved a report about period poverty and sanitary products in schools without using the words girl, woman, or female but included transgender men and non binary.


In April 2019, Murray accused several Scottish Government ministers of “hysteria”, after they signed a letter of concern in connection with changing the Gender Recognition Act of 2004.  The current act allows gender recognition certificates to be issued “if the person involve has had a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and proof of having lived in their declared gender for two years”.  The proposal would allow certificates solely on the declaration of the applicant.

Statement by Joan McAlpine

In May 2019 Murray resigned from the SNP, noting “unwavering support” from the party in Dundee but accusing the wider party of having “a major institutional problem with transphobia”.

Also in May 2019, Murray was suspended from meetings of Dundee City Council and its committees.for two months by the Standards Commission for Scotland, an independent body that promotes and enforces codes of conduct for councillors. Murray called the decision a “miscarriage of justice.” The panel found “It was evident that the councillor’s description as TERFS being scum and hateful and vile that he intended it to be a term of abuse.” and also “The panel further determined that the councillor’s use of the ‘c’ word in a public forum such as a tweet was highly offensive and inappropriate.”

External links


Gregor-MurrayThe following is a full list of activities:

  • Convener of the Children and Families Service Committee
  • Council’s Spokesperson on Equal Opportunities.Member of
  • The Council’s service Committees (City Development, Children and Families, Development Management, Neighbourhood Services and Community Safety and Public Protection)
  • Representative, COSLA Board (Children and Young People)
  • Representative, Dundee Partnership (Children and Families Executive Board)
  • Member of the Dundee City Licencing Board
  • Member of the Tayside Pension Investment Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Personnel Appointments Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Personnel Appeals Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Whitfield Regeneration Forum
  • Member of the North East Local Community Planning Partnership
  • Member of the Dundee School Children’s Holiday Fund
  • Member of the North East Campus Project Board
  • Governor of the City of Dundee Educational Trust
  • Trustee of the Dundee Trust
  • Trustee of the Mars Training Ship Fund
  • Member of the Education Review Group
  • Member of the School Parking Review Group
  • Member of Educational Appeal Committees
  • Chair of the Appointments Panel for Education
  • Director of Dundee Science Centre
  • substitute member of Licensing Committee
  • substitute member of Local Review Body