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Between transformation and transaction
Helen Hills

act. (Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1846) 1 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God. (Deuteronomy 7:25) It is wholly precious, whether for its wealth of works of gold and silver, or its gemstones, sculpture and painting. 2 (Domenico Antonio Parrino, 1714) The shining countenance All the reliquaries are made of silver – and solid silver at that ( Plate 43 ). It is

in The matter of miracles
Oonagh McDonald

Chapter 8 Gold and silver fixing A little history How and why did London become the centre of the gold and silver markets? The story begins with Moses Mocatta, then in a partnership with the East India Company, who began shipping gold to London in the late seventeenth century. He founded the first bullion brokerage in 1671, which became Mocatta & Goldsmid in 1783, when Asher Goldsmid joined the company. In 1697 the firm established a bullion vault for the first of the gold rushes in Brazil. Abraham Mocatta took over the business from his father in 1693 and

in Holding bankers to account
Auteurship and exploitation in the history of punk cinema
Bill Osgerby

11 Silver screen sedition: auteurship and exploitation in the history of punk cinema Bill Osgerby ‘Will your school be next?’: mischief and mayhem at Vince Lombardi High Teen rebellion is a force to be reckoned with at Vince Lombardi High School. The setting for the punk-musical-comedy Rock ’n’ Roll High School (1979), Lombardi High has seen a succession of principals driven to despair by the recalcitrant students. Led by Riff Randell (P. J. Soles) – a nonstop party girl and fervid fan of punk stalwarts, the Ramones – the school kids are a font of adolescent

in Fight back
Ashley Lavelle

chapter 8 For thirty pieces of silver? Perhaps one explanation for evidence – cited in earlier chapters – of radicals with similar politics setting off in completely different directions is corruption: that radicals are seduced by the temptations of money and power, which tend to grow during ebbs in movements and when pressures to conform increase. Wald comments that the most notorious of political apostates are those who deliberately attempt to fashion a career from their conversions (Wald, 1987: 290). It may be that the apostate is simply a venal character

in The politics of betrayal
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Jonathan Silver

Atmospheres Chimney – Jonathan Silver It was 1987, and the chimney somewhere in Bolton looked like it would stand for years longer. Red bricks reached up into the grim sky. This was when tall buildings in the city were a rarity and the skyline was lower, punctuated by these relics of the industrial age. The cordon around the site kept out some of the crowd; I followed the steeplejack inside and across the piles of smashed-up bricks and twisted masonry. Other factories and chimneys surrounded the site, their day of reckoning still to come. Those inside the cordon

in Manchester
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Jonathan Silver

Manchester: Something rich and strange Synagogue – Jonathan Silver Walking down a street in Broughton in the winter sunshine of early 2019, a construction site is visible next to a school. Much of the structure remains hidden by the scaffold. However, at the sides, part of the new building protrudes and hints at an architectural style that is quite different to the surrounding suburban homes. And a render of the completed building, on a panel fronting the site, lets passers-by see its final form. The new synagogue, completed in late 2019, holds a remarkable

in Manchester
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Jonathan Silver

Monuments Museum – Jonathan Silver Imagine news emerged that 18,000 undiscovered historical artefacts relating to Manchester had been illegally taken out of the country by a museum in North Africa. We can only think what the response in the city would be in such circumstances. Political leaders would demand the return of the stolen goods, public protests would break out, and commentators would call such an act barbaric, immoral and a cultural crime. If such a scenario seems unlikely, then this is precisely what happened in Egypt at the end of the nineteenth and

in Manchester
Eleanor Dobson

This essay proposes that a number of the concerns expressed in Dracula can be read through Bram Stoker’s employment of the imagery of precious metals and jewels. Focusing on the materiality of place – the treasure-laced landscape of Transylvania and the cliffs of Whitby famous for their reserves of jet – and the association between these materials and vampirism, I argue that analysing the symbolism of precious materials leads to a fuller understanding of many of the novel’s key anxieties. Not only does this analysis demonstrate Stoker’s elaborate use of jewel imagery in developing the notion of the female vampire as a hard, penetrative woman, it identifies the imperial implications of the trade in precious materials. In doing so, it claims that Stoker employs a ‘language of jewels’ in Dracula, through which he critiques the imperialistic plundering of Eastern lands, and demonstrates how these monsters – intimately entwined with these materials – attempt a rejection of Western appropriation.

Gothic Studies
A decade of market manipulation, regulatory failures and regulatory reforms
Author: Oonagh McDonald

This book provides a compelling account of the rigging of benchmarks during and after the financial crisis of 2007–8. Written in clear language accessible to the non-specialist, it provides the historical context necessary for understanding the benchmarks – LIBOR, in the foreign exchange market and the Gold and Silver Fixes – and shows how and why they have to be reformed in the face of rapid technological changes in markets. Though banks have been fined and a few traders have been jailed, justice will not be done until senior bankers are made responsible for their actions. Provocative and rigorously argued, this book makes concrete recommendations for improving the security of the financial services industry and holding bankers to account.