July 2005


Tash’s Pictures

These are a sample of my ‘stills’, taken at events on the Saturday 11th June that I’m contributing to the Sheffield G8 Film.

Nottinghamshire Dev site links:

Sheffield ‘Stop the War’ March [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://dev2.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/06/699.html

Sheffield Peace in the Park [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://dev2.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/06/720.html

Nottingham Indymedia crew making video of Sheffields opposition to G8 meetings
http://dev2.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/06/741.html

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and, these are to the UK main site links:

Sheffield ‘Stop the War’ March [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/06/313288.html

Sheffield Peace in the Park [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/06/313309.html

Details of the film progress on the Wiki at:

http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/NottsFilm1

A campaign encouraging people to store personal details on their mobile phones to help identify victims of accidents and disasters has taken off since the bomb attacks in London.

Users are being urged to enter a number in their phone’s memory under the heading ICE – In Case of Emergency.

Paramedics or police would then be able to use it to contact a relative.

The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie and was launched in May.

Idea spreads

Mr Brotchie told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I was reflecting on some difficult calls I’ve attended, where people were unable to speak to me through injury or illness and we were unable to find out who they were.

“I discovered that many people, obviously, carry mobile phones and we were using them to discover who they were.

“It occurred to me that if we had a uniform approach to searching inside a mobile phone for an emergency contact then that would make it easier for everyone.”

Mr Brotchie said his idea had spread as far as the USA and Australia and had gathered pace since the 7 July attacks.

He has urged mobile manufacturers to take it on board by adding ICE headings to phones before they are sold.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4674331.stm

Luckily, it was another false alarm. But, this is now a feature of life in Britain, with everyone on such a ‘short fuse’ after the London Attacks. To see the military on our streets is still quite a shock to many of us that are more used to a civil society.

Roads blocked off at stort notice, worried looks on the publics face. There was a small explosion, with the distruction of a suspect package.

Roads opened again, life returns to normal. But at the back of everyones mind there is still much concern. There will be many more false alarms.

More pictures of this incident at:

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=491745

including the amount of ‘togging up’, that this soldier need to do, just in case ……

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=491757

and… indymedia at: http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317959.html

The Metropolitan Police Casualty Bureau is open and operating on 0870 1566344

Latest news on London critical incident

Due to exceptionally high volumes of traffic, the Metropolitan Police website is currently displaying essential information only. http://www.met.police.uk

The Metropolitan Police Casualty Bureau is open and operating on 0870 1566344

If you are concerned about relatives or friends who may have been affected by today’s incidents in London, please try and contact them directly before you call this number.

If you are unsuccessful and still have concerns that your friends or relatives may have been injured in the events, contact Casualty Bureau on 0870 1566344.

The Metropolitan Police would also like to hear from people who were injured or involved in the events so that we know they are safe.

We are experiencing a very high volume of calls to this line – at present we are receiving 42,000 calls per hour. We would therefore urge anyone calling it to please be patient whilst we continue answering as many calls as possible.

The Casualty Bureau number should be used for this purpose only and NOT for general enquiries. Anyone with enquiries about travel information should contact Transport for London on 020 7222 1234 or www.tfl.gov.uk.

We would like to reassure people that we are working hard to gain an accurate picture of the whereabouts of people believed to have been involved in the incidents.

If you have reached home, please contact people who will be worried about you. This will help relieve the pressure on the Casualty Bureau.

All emergency calls should be made through the 999 system. Non-emergency calls should be made to your local police station.

We now know the total number of fatalities to be 37:

– there were 21 fatalities at King’s Cross / Russell Square
– there were 7 fatalities at Edgware Road
– there were 7 fatalities at Liverpool Street
– there were 2 fatalities on the bus at Upper Woburn Place.

The total number of casualties is known to be approximately 700. Of those, 300 were taken to hospital by ambulance and the remainder presented themselves at hospital.

There follows an outline of this morning’s events:

At 08.51 on 7 July at Liverpool Street Station there was an explosion in a train carriage 100 yards into the (Liverpool Street-bound station) tunnel.

At 08.56 there was another incident at King’s Cross / Russell Square. Both stations were used to bring out casualties.

There are two mortuaries for this incident – these are at the Royal National Hotel and the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury.

At 09.17 there was an explosion on a train coming into Edgware Road underground station approximately 100 yards into the tunnel. This explosion blew through a wall onto another train on an adjoining platform.

Three trains are believed to have been involved.

At 09.47 there was an explosion on a bus at Upper Woburn Square junction with Tavistock Place.

There were four devices in total and there are 37 confirmed fatalities. There was no warning to police and we have not received any claims of responsibility.

These were callous attacks on innocent members of the public deliberately designed to kill and inflict maximum injury.

Please remain vigilant.

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and ….

a statement from the London Ambulance Service

http://www.londonambulance.co.uk

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07 July 2005 – 13:00 hrs
We were called at 08.51 this morning (Thursday 7 July) to reports of an incident at Liverpool Street Station.
Since the original call, we have dispatched numerous London Ambulance Service resources to the following locations:

Aldgate Underground Station
Liverpool Street Station
Kings Cross Underground Station
Russell Square Underground Station
Edgware Road Underground Station
Tavistock Place
Moorgate Underground Station

We can confirm we have not been called to an incident at Leicester Square.

Working with the other London emergency services, ambulance services from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Essex, and voluntary agencies such as St John Ambulance and British Red Cross, we are doing all we can to get casualties to safety and ensure they get the medical help they need as quickly as possible.

Paramedics and doctors are currently treating casualties with injuries ranging from severe trauma injuries to minor cuts and bruises.

Patients with life-threatening or serious injuries are being stabilised at the scene before they are taken to hospital. Examples of treatment include crews giving oxygen, stemming bleeding, applying splints to support fractures, providing drugs and fluids through intravenous drips and assisting patients with their breathing.

Patients with minor injuries are being treated at the scene and taken to hospital by our patient transport service staff and voluntary aid agency ambulances if further treatment is needed

Due to current levels of demand, we will, until further notice, only be sending ambulances to patients across the capital with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. As an example, this is people who have difficulty in breathing or persistent chest pains; those who have stopped breathing; or who have received traumatic injuries. This will enable us to focus on treating the large numbers of casualties at the scene.

We would urge callers with minor injuries or illnesses to think about using other healthcare options, for example visit their local pharmacist or walk-in centre, or call NHS Direct for advice. If people need to go to hospital, they should use other modes of transport – call a taxi or get a lift with a friend or family member.

Those members of the public wishing to give blood should visit the National Blood Service’s website – http://www.blood.co.uk for more information

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07 July 2005 – 18:00 hrs

Response to explosions in London today

London Ambulance Service has been working alongside other emergency services throughout Thursday 7 July to respond to four explosions at locations in central London, where a total of 37 fatalities have been confirmed.

The first call was received shortly after ten to nine in the morning, to a location on the underground network between Liverpool Street and Aldgate East stations. It has now been confirmed that 7 people died here. The next explosion took place at Edgware Road underground station, where 7 people died. The third explosion was on the underground between Kings Cross and Russell Square station. At this location, 21 people were killed. The final explosion took place on a bus at Tavistock Place, where 2 people were killed.

The London Ambulance Service has treated approximately 45 people for critical and serious injuries, and a further 350 for minor injuries. Many other patients will have made their own way to hospital for treatment.

We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have offered assistance, and to praise patients and members of the public at incidents for the calm way in which they helped us to deal with these terrible incidents.

The London Ambulance Service and other services who have assisted have done sterling work in responding to these events.

This has been a tragic day for London. The thoughts of the London Ambulance Service are with the friends and families of those affected by the incident.

The police have now set up a casualty bureau number on 0870 1566344.

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This is the link to the London Bomb Press Conf at 15.30 on thursday 7th July

http://indymedia.org.uk/media/2005/07/317146.mp3

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Metropolitan Police Press statement :: Latest news on London critical incident

There are four confirmed sites where police are dealing with reported explosions this morning. These are:

1) Russell Square and King’s Cross underground
2) Moorgate, Aldgate, and Liverpool Street underground
3) Edgware Road underground
4) Tavistock Square, where there has been a confirmed explosion on a bus.

The emergency services are working together in a co-ordinated response and liaising with hospitals to rescue those injured.

The London Underground system has been suspended however the Network Rail system is still in operation. We would urge anyone who doesn’t need to come into London today not to do so. If you are already in London wherever possible please limit travelling around the capital.

The Met continues to respond to 999 emergency calls but non-emergency calls will have a seriously delayed response.

We cannot at this stage confirm the number of those injured, though casualties are multiple. There are believed fatalities but again numbers are not confirmed.We are also asking members of the public not to contact police at this stage
unless it is a genuine emergency.

There is likely to be some disruption to children’s journeys home from schools. Schools will be liaising with local education authorities to ensure that children are kept safe until arrangements can be made with their parents to collect them.

We will be issuing a telephone number shortly for Casualty Bureau.

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Statement from Commissioner

There have been at least six explosions in London this morning.

We are advising members of the public not to travel into London. Public
transport in London will be affected in the next few days.

We are also asking members of the public not to contact police at this stage
unless it is a genuine emergency.

We are co-ordinating the other emergency services in responding to this
major incident.

We will be issuing a telephone number shortly for worried relatives.

It is too early to confirm the numbers of casualties at this stage.

We hope to have the situation under control very soon.

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BBC update page at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/default.stm

Indymedia update page at:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/316983.html

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and ……..

Police recalled from G8 duty

Debbie Andalo and agencies
Thursday July 7, 2005

Metropolitan police officers were this afternoon being brought back to London from duty at the G8 summit, it has been confirmed.

Many of the 1,500 officers who had been deployed to Scotland during the summit are returning to the capital to tackle the aftermath of this morning’s attacks on the capital.

Officers who have forensic and evidence gathering skills are among those being recalled, said the Fife chief constable, Peter Wilson.

Mr Wilson, in charge of G8 policing, said: “The absolute priority for us is to make sure we now meet their needs and redeploy officers as quickly as possible in order to deal with this crisis.

He said it was likely the 1,500 officers in Scotland from the Met – which has a force of 30,000 officers – would be going back to London.

The police officers from London were part of a special force of 12,000 officers created from across Scotland, England and Wales to police the G8 summit. Mr Wilson insisted he would still have more than enough cover to cope with any trouble from anti-capitalist protesters.

He said: “Many of those officers would anyway have been returning to their own forces over the next 24 hours. We are currently searching our databases to identify which officers, particularly those with forensic and evidence gathering skills, can best respond to those needs.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1523453,00.html?gusrc=rss

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I am so sorry to hear of these events. I wish those involved and caught up in these events as speedy recovery as possible. Further I offer my condolences to those families affected by these dreadful events with the loss of their loved ones. I feel very sad.

Tash [Alan Lodge]

PRESS RELEASE

Bristol Indymedia Server Seized

Contact: Ana – Bristol Indymedia Volunteer / 07976 787335

Email: bristolindymedia@…
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org

On Monday 27th June the police raided a residential property in Bristol and seized an Indymedia server and other computer equipment. They also arrested one person for incitement to criminal damage under common law. That person has since been released on bail. We see this police action as an attack on the freedom of speech and journalistic independence.

This police action relates to an article posted on 17th June in which persons unknown claimed to have damaged cars being transported on a train. This article was considered by Bristol Indymedia to have breached the guidelines and was hidden.

On Monday 20th the police contacted Bristol Indymedia with reference to this posting. Bristol Indymedia informed the police that they were in the process of instructing a solicitor to reply on their behalf. On Tuesday 21st the police contacted a Bristol Indymedia volunteer requesting the IP logs. Bristol Indymedia considered that the system was journalistic material covered by special provision under the law.

A solicitor from Liberty faxed the police explaining this provision. The police then contacted Bristol Indymedia to request a meeting which Bristol Indymedia agreed to. Ten minutes before the arranged meeting DI Bennett of British Transport Police cancelled the meeting and asked to postpone it.

The next police contact was the seizure of the server and the arrest of a Bristol Indymedia volunteer. The seizure of the server was carried out under a search warrant (police and criminal evidence act 1984, ss.8 and 15), not recognising the journalistic privilege.

Additional Statement:

“We are outraged at the actions of the police. They have completely disabled the entire Bristol Indymedia news service. By their actions they have undermined the principle of open publishing and free access to the media, thereby removing people’s opportunity to read and report their own news. This situation has serious implications for anyone providing a news service on the Internet.

We do not intend to let this stop us from continuing the project.”

Contact: Ana – Bristol Indymedia Volunteer / 07976 787335

Email: bristolindymedia@…
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org

Pictures on my Fotoblog at:

Friday Day 1 http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=486822

Saturday Day 2 http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=488429

Euro Cup 1st – 3rd July 2005

Competitors from over 20 nations will battle it out for whitewater supremacy on our purpose built wave. 45 second rides of non stop vertical and aerial action are judged and paddlers progress through qualifying heats, semis, quarters then on to the weekend¹s highlight, the knockout final. New International variety only rules will be used.

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The sport of freestyle kayaking has exploded in popularity over the last ten years. The arrival of flat hulled kayaks and the rapid evolution of boat designs have opened up the possibilities for a wealth of new moves on, under and even in the air above the water! Freestyle kayaking is undoubtedly the most spectacular form of kayaking.

Freestyle can be most likened to the halfpipe discipline of snowboarding. Athletes take 2 rides of 45 seconds in which they perform a choreographed routine on a single river feature.

These runs are undertaken on big river features, large fast waves or holes (a wave which turns back on itself and holds the kayaker in it.)

The bigger the waves or holes the more dynamic the moves that kayakers can perform on them.
Unlike ocean waves, river waves and holes are static this allows all the judges and spectators to surround the chosen spot creating a fantastic atmosphere whilst allowing spectators a great view. Cartwheels, air loops, blunts and more are just a sample of the moves performed.

As the contest progresses those who scored most highly in the preliminary rounds go through quarters, semis and then the top five placed athletes go onto knockout sudden death finals.

These finals are tense and exciting for both competitors and spectators. Each athlete takes a ride on the wave and the lowest scorer drops out. One bad run means elimination so consistency and endurance is paramount for those who want to win. The remaining riders keep going until eventually a winner is crowned

http://www.eurofreestylekayak.com

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