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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Day 58, plug.

During my daily walks I generally listen to a podcast and thanks to ‘99% Invisible’ (Roman Mars) I was recently introduced to ‘Stuff the British Stole’, an ABC podcast hosted by Marc Fennell. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I would highly recommend you check it out.

“Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the UK and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.
Each episode award-winning journalist, author and genetic-potluck Marc Fennell picks one artifact and takes you on the wild, evocative, sometimes funny, often tragic adventure of how it got to where it is today.
Over a year in the making, Stuff The British Stole will take you from the streets of London to Nigeria to Kolkata, from the bushland of Cobargo all the way to Beijing.
Each item will illuminate stories of politics, genocide, heroism, survival, and justice. Ultimately this isn't really a series about the past. It's about making sense of the world we have today.
There are traces of the empire in everything from our borders, education, medicine, and of course laws. The way we feel about these traces, whether we should acknowledge them or ignore them, is a hot topic globally — among descendants of colonisers and colonised.
Even if you think you know this story, this series proves that history is not as straightforward as you might expect: for every campaigner fighting for the return of a stolen object, often there's another arguing that its return would be a sticking plaster over a gaping wound of history.
These objects will ultimately help us see the Commonwealth — and ourselves — today in a different light.” - Australian Broadcasting Corporation