November 2007


This looks a very interesting festival. Not ‘free’ by any means, and there is a great list of control, do’s & don’ts and conditions.

BUT, it is very much about participation, music second to the gathering, rather than the main object.  I just watched this ‘pod’ on Current TV and wanna tell you all about it. 

I might go.

http://www.secretgardenparty.com

and, a short video about it at:

http://current.com/items/77493311_secret_garden_party

They say:

A look at the UK’s equivalent of Burning Man, a festival of art and creativity in the Cambridgeshire countryside where organisers promise a weekend of wild fantasies, thoughtful anarchy, and the opportunity to “kiss everyone you see” …

So, there you have it  ……….

Oh no! Going out to the car in the morning, to discover such damage. Nothing missing from the motor, no attempt to steal it. Just done for the passing jolly I expect. Further stress trying to get it all fixed. Bastards!

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Announcing two other set of pictures on my Flickr pages. The themes are Food, Bread and Squatting.

The needs of everyday life, shelter and food. Some examples

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More Pictures :

Bread & Foods Set

Squatting Set

Squatting in Radford, Nottingham Slide Show

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I have uploaded a set of pictures of my mission to Holland. Helped a friend take his DAF truck, from Nottingham to Utrecht in April earlier this year. Leaving him there, I got to hang about in Amsterdam for a bit, before returning home. A photogenic city, no?

Pictures Full Set [on Flickr]

Character close up, Rocket Sheffield 07, originally uploaded by Rocket01UK.

And another one …… ! Great no?

This is also a good example of ‘photo-realisic’ graf. that I would like to find out much more about.

Having chosen a ‘bold’ photo image, that i think would be lovely on a wall, I would like make a stencil that would have sufficient detail to make it obviously obviously derived from a photograph. For year, folks have done this on fabrics, tee-shirts etc … using silk-screen printing. When it come to put the process of putting similar work, sprayed on the wall, I can’t find out about the process / routine. So, anyone with any advice to offer, please do.

Spray paint, emulsion, MDF board, originally uploaded by Rocket01UK.

Searching about, looking for some spray arts inspiration, and i found this. I just think this is such a cool piece of work. I thought I’d share it with you.

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Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report has been published. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says immediate action is required, like now. There are still some from the flat-earth society that think none of this is true, but they are largely employed by ‘vested interests’ oil companies etc with their finger on the scales. Peer reviewed science is now quite certain on the magnitude of catastrophic effects that can be expected. This is true now, whether or not we mend our ways, since the time we have spent on this argument, we might have best been best employed in doing things about it. With peak oil and the like, we could well be on the wrong side of the ‘tipping point’ beyond which there will be irreversible changes. So much for the good stewardship of the planet.

It strikes me, that arguments about which industries are responsible, which countries are making a greater impact, (why should we do anything, while others [China, US] are not), and now some are trying to decide which social class is more to blame. I don’t care about class [I have no idea what class I am anyway].

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! History at school told me something about the Roman Emperor Nero, who practiced his fiddle, while Rome was burning. He was misguided, no? I guess the urgency of the situation means that we will be ineffective if we descend in to arguing who’s’ fault it all is / was. How are we going to proceed to mitigate what effects are already coming down the pipe at us?

Waiting for democratic politics to become effective and do something, does not appear to me to be an option. Further committees, working groups focus groups to inform politicians on needs, all the time the clock ticking. The public are still hugely under informed due to a gross failure of both politics and the media in explaining the issues to the public. [except this media type, who is just doing his best 😦 ]. I offer a round of applause to those who are prepared to take personal efforts to highlight this issue. You have my thanks guys.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the world may be nearing a tipping-point on climate change. “We all agree. Climate change is real, and we humans are its chief cause. Yet even now, few people fully understand the gravity of the threat, or its immediacy. Now I believe we are on the verge of a catastrophe if we do not act.”

His comments were endorsed by environmental groups on the fringes of the IPCC gathering.

“Climate change is here, it’s impacting our lives and our economies, and we need to do something about it,” commented Hans Verolme, director of the climate change programme with the environmental group WWF.

After this report, there are no politicians left who can argue they don’t know what climate change is or they don’t know what to do about it.”

Mr Ban says a new report on climate change has set the stage for a real breakthrough in tackling the issue. “Let us recognise that the effects of climate change affect us all, and that they have become so severe and so sweeping that only urgent global action will do. We are all in this together – we must work together,” he said.

Among the report’s top-line conclusions are that climate change is “unequivocal”, that humankind’s emissions of greenhouse gases are more than 90% likely to be the main cause, and that impacts can be reduced at reasonable cost, if acted upon now.

The synthesis summary finalised late on Friday warned that climate change may bring “abrupt and irreversible” impacts.

Such impacts could include the fast melting of glaciers and species extinctions.

“Approximately 20-30% of species assessed so far are likely to be at increased risk of extinction if increases in global average temperature exceed 1.5-2.5C (relative to the 1980-1999 average),” the summary concludes.

Other potential impacts highlighted in the text include: between 75m and 250m people projected to have scarcer fresh water supplies than at present yields from rain-fed agriculture could be halved food security likely to be further compromised in Africa widespread impacts on coral reefs.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Working Group I Report “The Physical Science Basis”

Working Group II Report “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”

Working Group III Report “Mitigation of Climate Change”

Information for the press :: Summaries and links

If you can’t deal with the full report….. here is the summary

UN calls for joint climate effort

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