Everything Sounds 43: The Legacy of Spence Broughton
When people pass on, their memories remain through the stories we tell. Over time, many of those stories can be forgotten or lost to time. However, sometimes those legacies can be revived. In this case, the legacy of Spence Broughton was revived many generations later through music and poetry. Simon Newton shares his family’s remembrance of a convicted criminal and the folklore created over the generations since his death.
Simon would like to acknowledge the contributions of Rob Hindle (a poet published on Long Barrow Press), Mel Jones (Geographical Historian and Sheffield & Rotherham Expert), Professor Ian Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University, Dave Cree (Guide, York Castle Museum), Clara Morgan (Curator of Social History, Sheffield Weston Park Museum), and Ewan Maccoll (His song ’Spence Broughton’ is available on Ewan Maccoll - Anthology)
"According to reports, the sadly disfigured 26-year-old’s quality of life has been greatly diminished due to such a condition. Sources said the abnormal, visibly blemished creature has been repeatedly passed over for employment opportunities, frequently gawked at and harassed on the street by total strangers, and has faced near constant discrimination for over two decades, all due to the horrific and debilitating birth defect."
Today’s updates of “Chocobo D.”
"Clothes are people’s extended skin, wheels extended feet, camera and telescope extended eyes. Out technological creations are extrapolations of the bodies that our genes build. In this way, we can think of technology as our extended body. If technology is an extension of humans, it is not an extension of our genes but our minds.
Technology is the exoskeleton of ideas.”
- Kevin Kelly