Thursday, 13 December 2012

ANOTHER GONE

Jim Riorden
(1936-2012)

I have just seen that Jim Riorden died earlier his year. I did not know him well but he was a presence, a representative of a British Left just a fraction older than myself but one always seeming noticeably more gritty and more worldly-wise. This I credited to National Service (military conscription) and the chances that this gave to participate personally, albeit just one tiny bit, in the Cold War.

I knew Jim through Birmingham University and then that part of his most varied life that had him publishing on education and childhood in the Soviet Union. In that latter context, we met through cross-editing: I was in one of his and he was in one of mine:

https://catalyst.library.jhu.edu/catalog/bib_1166964

He experienced a lot and did a lot – quite a bloke, quite a life – but perhaps inevitably his great claim to fame was having played full-back for Moscow Spartak.
 
Some obituaries

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/jim-riordan--russianist-and-childrens-author-7608849.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00pb1l8

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