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    The OP of this thread (the fascinates bit)

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    Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden; 15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) was an English political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement, which helped women win the right to vote. In 1999, Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating: "she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back".

    Although she was widely criticized for her militant tactics, her work is recognized as a crucial element in achieving women's suffrage in Britain.

    However, historians disagree about the effect of her activity on public support for the cause.

    Born and raised in Manchester, England by politically active parents, Pankhurst was introduced at the age of 8 to the women's suffrage movement.

    Although her parents encouraged her to prepare herself for life as a wife and mother, she attended the École Normale de Neuilly in Paris. In 1878 she married Richard Pankhurst, a barrister known for supporting women's right to vote; they had five children over the next ten years.

    He also supported her activities outside the home, and she quickly became involved with the Women's Franchise League, which advocated suffrage for women.

    When that organization broke apart, she attempted to join the left-leaning Independent Labour Party through her friendship with socialist Keir Hardie, but was initially refused membership by the local branch of the Party on account of her gender.

    She also worked as a Poor Law Guardian, where she was shocked by harsh conditions in Manchester workhouses.

    After her husband died in 1898, Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union, an all-women suffrage advocacy organisation dedicated to "deeds, not words".

    The group placed itself separately from – and often in opposition to – political parties. The group quickly became infamous when its members smashed windows and assaulted police officers.

    Pankhurst, her daughters, and other WSPU activists were sentenced to repeated prison sentences, where they staged hunger strikes to secure better conditions.

    As Pankhurst's oldest daughter Christabel took the helm of the WSPU, antagonism between the group and the government grew.

    Eventually arson became a common tactic among WSPU members, and more moderate organisations spoke out against the Pankhurst family.

    In 1913 several prominent individuals left the WSPU, among them Pankhurst's daughters Adela and Sylvia. The family rift was never healed.

    With the advent of the First World War, Emmeline and Christabel called an immediate halt to militant suffrage activism in order to support the British government against the "German Peril".

    They urged women to aid industrial production, and encouraged young men to fight. In 1918 the Representation of the People Act granted votes to women over the age of 30.

    Pankhurst transformed the WSPU machinery into the Women's Party, which was dedicated to promoting women's equality in public life.

    In her later years she became concerned with what she perceived as the menace posed by Bolshevism, and – unhappy with the political alternatives – joined the Conservative Party.

    She died in 1928 and was commemorated two years later with a statue in Victoria Tower Gardens.

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    vibeone;8419320

    The OP of this thread (the fascinates bit)



    Oh really? :?

    Fred West

    Robbie Williams. Possibly an odd choice given that I'm a bloke - but I'm completely fascinated by how celebrity has completely messed up his life and the way he acknowledges it. I remember in an interview, him saying "I have a team that looks after me...when I'm not famous anymore and I don't have that, I'm petrified of what'll happen - I don't even know how I'd go about paying a bill"

    ...I just think it's fascinating that someone could have lived for so long in a bubble...

    DK with an IC, is truly fascinating its difficult to find someone that devoid of reality, remarkable.

    He would be my person for this film idea...............

    trailers.apple.com/tra…ks/

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    DLM;8419331

    Oh really? :?



    Yes, but not in a good way.

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    vibeone;8419364

    Yes, but not in a good way.



    Thanks :thumbsup:

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    mr.potato_head;8419351

    Fred West



    I preferred Rosemary. She was the brains.

    SirBargainsALot;8419354

    Robbie Williams. Possibly an odd choice given that I'm a bloke - but I'm … Robbie Williams. Possibly an odd choice given that I'm a bloke - but I'm completely fascinated by how celebrity has completely messed up his life and the way he acknowledges it. I remember in an interview, him saying "I have a team that looks after me...when I'm not famous anymore and I don't have that, I'm petrified of what'll happen - I don't even know how I'd go about paying a bill"...I just think it's fascinating that someone could have lived for so long in a bubble...



    It's the best way to live.

    I know how to pay a bill though...you give it to your dad.

    angelfairee;8419375

    It's the best way to live.I know how to pay a bill though...you give it … It's the best way to live.I know how to pay a bill though...you give it to your dad.



    pmsl :thumbsup:
    Am 29 have 2 children, a job, my own house etc etc etc
    My dad rang me yesterday asking if i knew it was my mum's birthday today and if he wanted to give me money for a present for her lol! Bless him

    angelfairee;8419375

    It's the best way to live.I know how to pay a bill though...you give it … It's the best way to live.I know how to pay a bill though...you give it to your dad.



    He'd probably pray the aliens come down from outer space and deal with it...

    ...he's a UFO weirdy, isn't he?

    Henrik Larsson - utter legend
    Martin O'Neill - see above
    Tiger Woods - mad sha**er

    geegee-pinata;8419387

    pmsl :thumbsup:Am 29 have 2 children, a job, my own house etc etc etcMy … pmsl :thumbsup:Am 29 have 2 children, a job, my own house etc etc etcMy dad rang me yesterday asking if i knew it was my mum's birthday today and if he wanted to give me money for a present for her lol! Bless him



    I'm currently sat inside waiting for my latest purchase on my daddy's credit card...a brand new double bed. Mmmm. I wish they'd hurry up.

    SirBargainsALot;8419389

    He'd probably pray the aliens come down from outer space and deal with … He'd probably pray the aliens come down from outer space and deal with it......he's a UFO weirdy, isn't he?



    ...am I missing something here?!

    civms47;8419435

    Henrik Larsson - utter legendMartin O'Neill - see aboveTiger Woods - mad … Henrik Larsson - utter legendMartin O'Neill - see aboveTiger Woods - mad sha**er



    I wish Tiger Woods would just be honest and say "Yeah, I'm a famous celebrity, and loads of women wanted to s**g me, so I did. I paid the price, but who wouldn't take the opportunity?"

    I think people would have much more respect for him...

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    SirBargainsALot;8419459

    I wish Tiger Woods would just be honest and say "Yeah, I'm a famous … I wish Tiger Woods would just be honest and say "Yeah, I'm a famous celebrity, and loads of women wanted to s**g me, so I did. I paid the price, but who wouldn't take the opportunity?"I think people would have much more respect for him...



    Yeah I couldn't really give a damn about what happened, but the pathetic "look how sad I am" press releases etc are rather annoying.

    angelfairee;8419441

    ...am I missing something here?!



    Missing is probably a strong word...he's one of those who believes the aliens are advancing...not in an ethereal way like the guy from Muse, but in a I've-got-nothing-better-to-do-in-my-big-house-in-LA kinda way...

    SirBargainsALot;8419477

    Missing is probably a strong word...he's one of those who believes the … Missing is probably a strong word...he's one of those who believes the aliens are advancing...not in an ethereal way like the guy from Muse, but in a I've-got-nothing-better-to-do-in-my-big-house-in-LA kinda way...



    Are you talking about Robbie Williams still? Is Robbie Williams my dad?!

    Everything makes so much more sense now.

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    angelfairee;8419499

    Is Robbie Williams my dad?!



    This applies to anyone. If you are within the age range, the answer is almost certainly yes.
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