April 2005

Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell is where most of the Reservists and TA’s being sent to Iraq are mustered. The Blair Government orders these troops to fight an illegal, unjust and murderous war. Many tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq.

Nottingham Stop the War Coalition picketed the main entrance of Chetwynd Barracks so as to reach out to service personnel and their families. We wanted to persuade them not to support the war in Iraq. They have a legal right to become conscientious objectors.

2.00 p.m Assembled at the car park in the shopping area on Nottingham Road. Then we marched up Swiney Way to the main entrance of Chetwynd Barracks. Banners erected, speeches made.

My Pictures of the evnet, on my FotoBlog at:



Chetwynd Barracks were first picketed, shortly after the start of the war. Check out my earlier entry at:

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2003/03/57570.html &

Chetwynd Barracks http://tash.dns2go.com/xtra/chetwynd_barracks/index.htm

this is an action, continued from yesterdays Anti-War Critical Mass Bike About in Nottingham City, please check out report / piccys at:


also ……..>>

‘Direct links’ to the coverage of these issues:

StopWar Main Page http://tash.dns2go.com/stopwar.htm
London Demo http://tash.dns2go.com/xtra/stopthewar_feb03/index.htm
Nottingham Demos http://tash.dns2go.com/xtra/stopwar_nttm/index.htm
Chetwynd Barracks http://tash.dns2go.com/xtra/chetwynd_barracks/index.htm
Menwith Hill ‘Foil the Base’ http://tash.dns2go.com/xtra/menwith_hill/index.htm
Nottingham Anti-war graffiti http://tash.dns2go.com/xtra/nottingham_graffiti/index.htm
Photoshop Gallery http://tash.dns2go.com/stopwar_photoshop.htm
‘Streaming’ Shows http://tash.dns2go.com/stopwar_show.htm
London Demo [with soundtrack] http://tash.dns2go.com/RAMfiles/stopthewar_1_320x240.ram
Web-Galleries [10sec change] http://tash.dns2go.com/slide_shows.htm

[long links, make sure you include all of ’em!]


Nottingham Stop the War at: http://www.nottmagainstwar.org.uk

Critcal Mass is a regular event. The meeting point is the Savoy cinema on Derby Road in Lenton on the last Friday of every month now at 5.30pm. We even got a police helicopter, to look over us, for our safety you understand ……

The ride lasts no more than a couple of hours (depending on the weather!) and usually ends in a conveniently placed pub for more drinks.

Most all, they are peaceful, safe and fun!

“We are not blocking the traffic – We are Traffic!”

Piccys of the event at:


You can see more piccys of an earlier Critical Mass in Nottingham at:



What’s it all about?

Critical Mass is often described as an ‘unorganised coincidence’. It happens when a lot of cyclists happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to cycle the same way together for a while.

What’s the purpose?

“Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving.

Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms.

Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim cities with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road”

What happens on a Critical Mass?

Each one is different and they follow no set route, with the direction being spontaneously chosen as people cycle along. Anyone is free to join or leave the ride as it pedals along.

See also http://www.critical-mass.org


Actually, while we’re on the subject, please check out:

World Naked Bike Ride – 11 June 2005 – various UK locations


On Saturday the 11th of June 2005, many UK cyclists will participate in the second annual World Naked Bike Ride! This bike ride protests against oil dependency and celebrates the power and individuality of our bodies.


I hope it’s going to be a nice, warm day …….

Blimey!! the Freedom of Information Act and allsorts. So many requests, it’s been like drawing teeth. But finally, the government published the Attorney General’s full advice Iraq Resolution 1441 [7mar2003] on the legality of opening the war against Iraq has been published today.


You can download the whole shebang from the 10 Downing Street Website at:


If you want to see my anti-war work from the last few years, please check out:


Friday 29th April 2005 starts 17:30

Critcal Mass is a regular event. The meeting point is the Savoy cinema on Derby Road in Lenton on the last Friday of every month now at 5.30pm.

The ride lasts no more than a couple of hours (depending on the weather!)

Most all, they are peaceful, safe and fun!

“We are not blocking the traffic – We are Traffic!”

Piccys of previous events:

Critical Mass Bike-About in Nottingham :: The Pictures




Sunday April 24, 2005
The Observer


Photography shapes our world – and our perception of it. Think of the Vietnam war and what comes unbidden into your mind? Here’s my guess: that photograph of the naked little girl running in terror after a napalm attack. Marilyn Monroe? That wonderful picture of her standing over a ventilator outlet with her skirt swirling up. The liberation of France? Henri Cartier-Bresson’s shot of a woman collaborator being denounced in the street. And so it goes: we think in images. And many, if not most of them, are still provided by photography.
But then ask yourself: what if, when the technology was being invented, the law had required that before you took a photograph of anyone or anything, you had to ask permission? Imagine how restricted photography – both as reportage and art – would have been. And how impoverished our culture as a result.

Now spool forward a century or so. A film-maker is shooting a low-budget documentary about a musical performance. He discovers that the character of Homer Simpson appears for three-and-a-half seconds, on a barely visible television, in the background of a key shot. In accordance with the strict intellectual property (IP) laws that apply today, he has to ask broadcaster Fox, owner of The Simpsons , for permission to include the shot. The response? Sure – on payment of a $10,000 fee.

That’s the world we now inhabit. And if the big multimedia organisations get their way, control of intellectual property will become even tighter. Until recently, everything was going their way. Clueless legislators were bamboozled by lobbying propaganda about the need to protect ‘property’ and stamp out ‘piracy’ and ‘theft’. Mass media – generally owned by outfits with a vested interest in strong IP law – reported the issue in terms that were at best uninformed and at worst rabidly partisan.

And nobody, beyond a few isolated voices, spoke out for the public interest. Or pointed out the implications for free culture of a world in which every idea, and every expression of an idea, is ‘owned’ by someone (usually a company). Nobody asked what would become of music if every songwriter had to pay a royalty on every idea they’d borrowed from earlier songs. Or what would happen to film-making if the rights to every out-of-focus billboard, chair, poster or magazine cover had to be cleared and paid for before movies could be released.

The answer, of course, is simple. It is that creativity would be stifled because the barrier to entry to the market for cultural products would be too high for everyone except corporations. There would still be innovation and competition, but only on the terms that multimedia conglomerates would allow. The Disneys, Time-Warners, Pearsons and Bertelsmanns of this world would do fine. And everyone else would be kept in their place as passive consumers of whatever content-owners deigned to provide for their entertainment.

Until recently, this was the way the world was heading. But now something significant has happened to buck the trend. The BBC – the world’s greatest creator of high-quality multimedia products – has finally launched its Creative Archive. The project – first announced by former director-general Greg Dyke in August 2003, and much delayed as BBC staff grappled with the rights issues implicit in it – will allow British residents to download clips of BBC factual programmes from bbc.co.uk for non-commercial use, keep them on their PCs, manipulate and share them, thereby making the BBC archives more accessible to licence-fee payers.

The content is not available yet but the licences under which it will be provided have now been published. In the next, pilot, phase of the project the Creative Archive will make 100 hours of BBC content available. The early stuff will come from the corporation’s stupendous archive of nature and wildlife programmes, for two reasons: the IP issues are less complex because the BBC owns most of the rights; and nature programming will be of immediate use to important target groups, like schoolchildren doing their own video projects. And although some people are critical of this (one cynic described the content as ‘shagging marmots’), there’s no doubt about where this is heading. The world’s leading public-service broadcaster is declaring it believes that creative output for which the public has paid should be in the public domain.

This is big news. Some years ago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology blew the nascent educational-content business out of the water by making its courseware available for free on the web. Who would pay for content from Mickey Mouse universities when MIT’s was free? By challenging the IP mania that threatens to engulf us, the Creative Archive project is doing something similar. And in the process showing us what public-service broadcasting is for.


It’s 20 years, since the major trashing of my community, travelling on the way the make the “Peoples Free Festival of Albion” at Stonehenge.

Piccys of the event at:



It was a regular event on the calender. A little different to the ‘managed access event’ on the solstice, currently on offer from English Heritage.

The full story of these events from June 1985, I’ve described in a previous post at:


On Wednesday 20th April, the exhibition moved to The Sumac Centre in Nottingham. It is up until Thursday 12th May

Opening with a showing of “Operation Solstice”: a film describing the events of the day, and what we did about it.

There was also a talk by Andy Worthington, author of “Stonehenge – Celebration and Subversion”

Sumac Centre
245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham NG7 6HX
Ph: 0845 458 9595



These pictures are from the Nottingham Event. St Peters Church, Nr Broadmarsh:



Trade Justice believe everyone has the right to feed their families, make a decent living and protect their environment.

But the rich and powerful are pursuing trade policies that put profits before the needs of people and the planet.

To end poverty and protect the environment we need Trade Justice not free trade.

The UK Government should:

Fight to ensure that governments, particularly in poor countries, can choose the best solutions to end poverty and protect the environment.
End export subsidies that damage the livelihoods of poor communities around the world.
Make laws that stop big business profiting at the expense of people and the environment

Press Release
14 April 2005

Biggest mass protest of election campaign says parties must go further on anti-poverty pledges

World poverty and environmental groups descend on Whitehall Friday 15th April to show strength of public concern on the UK’s role in global trade.

Public concern on international trade will be demonstrated as thousands mobilise for a mass rally on trade justice this weekend.

People are traveling from across the country to be in Westminster and Whitehall on Friday evening for ‘Wake Up to Trade Justice’ – a night-long vigil and protest to ensure that all political parties know the strength of the public demand for trade justice not free trade.

The vigil, organised by the Trade Justice Movement as part of a Global Week of Action for Trade Justice, will start with a special celebrity-supported event at Westminster Abbey.

Participants, led by representatives of Trade Justice Movement organisations – which represent nine million UK voters – will then form a ‘Human White Band’ around Parliament Square, the symbol of Make Poverty History, highlighting the policy changes on trade the campaign is demanding the parties adopt.

The activists, public and celebrities will then proceed along Whitehall for a candle-lit vigil, including a mass 1-minute’s silence at midnight to mark the millions of lives being destroyed worldwide by unfair trade laws. A night of film, music, debate and education at venues around Whitehall follows.

The event is set to culminate in a dawn procession before Trade Justice campaign delegations meet representatives from the three main political parties.

Glen Tarman, Trade Justice Movement coordinator, said:

“The British electorate is rightly concerned about the economy, health and education – but not just in the UK. The free trade policies the rich countries are pushing on the developing world are robbing people of health and education services and promoting economic insecurity for communities on a global scale.”

“This is a wake-up call for political leaders of all the main parties – if elected, they must make sure urgent action is taken if we are to have justice in international trade and start to make poverty history in 2005. We are making world poverty a doorstep issue.”

“All the parties claim to be concerned about apathy towards politics especially among the young. Yet thousands of potential voters are coming to Whitehall to demand the parties address their concern that Britain’s trade policies do not hurt the world’s poor and the planet. The parties would do well to listen.”

The Trade Justice Movement has called on all UK political parties to make public statements setting out their position on stopping the push for poor countries to open up their economies at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and through other forms of international pressure.

Around the world millions of people in more than 80 countries are taking to the streets in the Global Week of Action running from 10-16 April – calling for trade justice to help lift people out of poverty.

For further information:
Sarah Finch 07870 823485
Trade Justice Movement 020 7523 2417 www.tjm.org.uk

Notes for Editors:
1. Wake Up to Trade Justice on 15/16th April is a celebrity supported all-night carnival of music, art and protest. See www.tjm.org.uk.

2. The Trade Justice Movement is a coalition of 67 organisations including aid agencies, environment and human rights campaigns, fairtrade organisations, trade unions, and faith and consumer groups.

3. Trade Justice is one of the key calls of MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY, the UK’s largest ever anti-poverty mobilisation already supported by 400 UK organisations.

4. The Global Week of Action is the biggest mobilisation yet on trade, with events in every continent, including all of the G8 countries. Thousands of events, in both rich and poor countries, include demonstrations, petitions to governments and institutions such as the IMF and World Bank, voting for trade justice, street theatre and marches. Over a hundred events have already taken place across the UK. For more information see http://www.april2005.org/media.

5. Opinion polls show international poverty ranks high (eighth) among the most important election issues, above Europe, transport, Iraq and interest rates (Economist, 9th-15th April: Sources MORI, ICM, Populus, YouGov). For the first time in a UK election the leaders of all three main parties have pledged to make keynote speeches about world poverty on the same day (24 April).

6. The Trade Justice Movement is calling on the UK Government (whichever party takes power) to ensure that developing countries can choose the best solutions to end poverty and protect the environment. The coalition has written to the leaders of the major parties demanding they adopt policies to stop forcing trade liberalisation on developing countries in areas including industrial tariffs, trade in services and agriculture.

The letter can be read at: www.tjm.org.uk/wakeup/letter.shtml

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