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.

and, a short video about it at:

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!





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





More Pictures :

Bread & Foods Set

Squatting Set

Squatting in Radford, Nottingham Slide Show



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.

070410_180, originally uploaded by tash.

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


11 activists charged with “aggravated trespass” in Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in April were in court on Tuesday (see earlier posting –

All 11 confirmed their “not guilty” pleas, and the District Judge heard the outline of their defence. They will be in court on the 14-16th January 2007 for the actual trial, where they will be arguing that their actions were necessary, reasonable and proportionate in the face of the huge threat to human life caused by climate change.

Watch out for more info in January, and please support the activists in their trial!

Nottingham Spring into Action :: Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station:



071111_211, originally uploaded by tash.

Nottingham’s annual Civic Service of Remembrance and Parade took place at the War Memorial on the Victoria Embankment on Sunday (November 11).

Assorted dignitories in attendence, and The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir Andrew Buchanan, took the salute at the march past at the end of the service.

A bugler sounded the Last Post before two minutes silence followed by Reveille.

After the service the Lord Mayor took the salute outside the Council House during a march past of the South Notts Hussars Association following their service at St Mary?s Church in The Lace Market.


For the Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon [1869 – 1943]
[first published in the Times in September 1914]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

(Translated means: who oversees the overseers)

Surveillance Sticker, originally uploaded by Documentally.

Who is it exactly, that watches the watchers ….. ?

EDSC3’093, originally uploaded by tash.

I gave this to her a couple of birthdays ago. Walking though the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in Nottingham, it seemed a good idea at the time.
Anyway, i think it makes a nice portrait. So, a fair first subject to see if I can post this to my blog, from Flickr.

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

First test blogging, from my Nokia 9300 mobile.
On the way home, after a meeting in Nottingham. I thought I’d pause, and check if this method of posting to my shiny new blog works ok. This could well be useful in comms from the street / demos / events etc. Anyway,  just testing really ………. tash

Monday November 5 is Stand Up for Journalism day, the NUJ day of action across the UK and Ireland.

Further, Journalists across Europe are expected to take part.

Here in Nottingham, the main theme of the event in Market square this afternoon, was the closure of the Central ITV News. In future, news will be broadcast from Birmingham.

The demo was attended by National Union of Journaists, BECTU and Unite. Support for the campaign was additionally offered by jon Collins, leader Nottingham City Council, and John Heppell MP Nttm North.

The main objective, as with any union campaign, is to draw attention to job cuts, wage issues, devaluing staff conditions etc ….. For me though, I think additionally, there is a concern for journalistic standards and ethics. I think these are worth standing up for.

The event has been billed as the biggest demonstration by UK journalists since Wapping and is being held to protest “round after round of cuts in newsrooms”.

According to the NUJ, the European Federation of Journalists decided to support the action and events are now planned in 20 countries across the continent.

The union said that there will be a two-minute work stoppage by media workers in Serbia, a demonstration outside the National Assembly in Paris, and a petition to the government in Romania.

Journalists from all sectors of the media – broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, PR, and online – will be protesting against savage cuts which are hampering their ability to keep the public informed.

Most media companies make big money – but they engage in round after round of cuts to increase their profit margins.

Journalists are reduced to a cross between call-centre workers and data processors. Stuck at their desks re-jigging press releases. Who knows what corruption, lies, and law-breaking is going on in the corridors of power – no-one has the time to look.
Photographers, reporters, sub-editors, producers, and news readers are saying enough is enough.

Please support the National Union of Journalists’ campaign by organising an event in your workplace or town.

More pictures on Indymedia at: Stand up for Journalism : Market Sq, Nottingham Event


Stand Up For Journalism

National Union of Journalists

Indymedia – NHS whistleblower Stands Up for Journalism

European day of action ‘Stand Up For Journalism’ Netherlands branch of the NUJ

Bristol Indymedia – Stand Up For Journalism – 5 November

Bristol Indymedia – Press Realease

Pictures from various events around the country, collected on the NUJ – Stand Up For Journalism Flickr Pages at:

Spring in Action [Climate Week] in Nottingham [picture set]

A week of workshops, events, music and action on climate change happened at different venues across Nottingham.

Climate change is real and its happening now. Governments and corporations dream of continued economic growth – economic growth can’t solve this crisis, but we can. A massive and concerted effort is needed on the scale of ‘Dig for Victory’ or the ‘Home Front’: A war on climate change.

Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station

We can’t continue our current way of life – the oil on which it all depends is running out too fast. A shift to a locally based economy will have to happen, with food and energy being produced by the people that use it. The only question is when? We could start now, or we could wait for a future of war, famine, hurricanes, droughts and floods. We need to gain the courage and change fast enough to cultivate a new world, before it’s too late.

‘Spring into Action’ was part of an emerging grassroots movement against climate change. Born out of the Camp for Climate Action (, ‘Spring into Action’ unites people across the east of England into making changes in our own lives, creating small scale solutions in our communities and resisting those who still seek their own short term gain over a safe future for us all.

So get involved, and help organise the change that you want to experience in our world.

Climate Issues, Collected picture set

Also, have collected this large set of pictures, on many related climate issues.

Climate Issues, Collected picture set

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