Monday, November 30, 2009

Where you at the Newbury Bypass protest camps?

As part of the Newbury Bypass documentary a film maker is researching, he has created
a draft map of the proposed route circa 1996. He needs help with several things;

- Are there any locations missing from the list?

- Is the list of locations in the correct
order and position?

- Are there any locations listed that actually didn't
exist ;-)

You'll find some of the locations don't have a 'tree' marker on the
map, as I'm not sure about position/order yet...

Activists blockade Biomass plant in South Wales

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Activists from Climate Camp Cymru, were arrested for objecting to plans for a £400m biomass power station close to the much smaller Western Woods plant in Port Talbot. Prenergy Power has been granted a licence by Environment Agency Wales (EAW) for the project which the company said would be able to power 500,000 homes.Construction is set to start next year.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Is the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Planet is Fine

Monday, November 23, 2009

Co15 - what is it and what can you do?

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A studio show about the cop15 conference on climate change in Copenhagen and how you can get involved through the climatecamp network.

Policewatch who's a Terrorist

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We talk to Chris Kitchen from the Climatecamp about his experience of being stopped under terrorist legislation while on root to a meeting in Copenhagen for the cop15 summit.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Let Mr Blue Sky In - Flashmob Cork

Multicam Video from Let Mr Blue Sky In, Flashmob which took place on Saturday 14th November 2009.

Includes Aerial View...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Polar Bear

Our flight has an impact.

Polar Bear

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Our flight has an impact. Planestupid's new cinema ad, written and commissioned by creative agency Mother and made by production company Rattling Stick. Director Daniel Kleinman. Project name: Polar Bear Client: Plane Stupid Brief: We wanted to confront people with the impact that short-haul flights have on the climate. We used Polar Bears because they're a well understood symbol of the effect that climate change is having on the natural world. Creative agency: Mother Copywriter: Mother Art director: Mother Planner: Mother Agency Producer: Mother Production company: Rattling Stick Director: Daniel Kleinman Producer: Johnnie Frankel Editor: Adam Spivey @ The Quarry Post-production: MPC Sound Design and Audio Post Production: Anthony Moore @ Factory Cinema Mix: Anthony Moore @ Factory & Andy Humphreys@ 750mph Humphreys@750mph Exposure: Cinema, Online

Monday, November 16, 2009

Headmix Show - Markets Under Threat?

What's the future of street markets? visionOntv's Marina introduces her series on London markets, and Brigida Marovelli tells us about the pressures on markets in Sicily. And a computer crash has mashed our spelling, sorry!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tough love for media - Jeff Jarvis

Starts slow but well worth watching in full. This is also a good description of the visionOntv project.

Jeff Jarvis: "Google is not an enemy, Google is a model" from Carta on Vimeo.

Grandmother's Sweet Peas

Early in the morning, hand in hand ,

we went naked to the orchard land.

With chamber pot, along the cinder path, her and me,

warm sun on our bodies as brown as can be.

Behind high stone walls, nobody could see.

In 1943 my grandmother said to me

“Not a good idea to put your pee in the sea.

It makes flowers grow and its free,

But it pollutes the sea.

Go to Hopes Nose, in Torquay.”

We went in the car, its not very far

We slid down the grass under the pine trees

My father took me to see,

the brown stain curling out to sea.

In the 1950s as young teachers in Nottingham we saw the city so proud,

of treating its waste, selling it and spreading it on the land around.

In Southampton on hot sunny days in 1963

our children could not play on the golden pebbles by the sea.

The gulls had a feast, a tomato plant forest grew for all to see

as The Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary and other ships

discharged their waste into the sea,

The children had to play on the bomb sites with me,

Broken houses open to the sky, garden and wild flowers gone awry

where to mice cowered, between the showers ,

we found treasures from lost lives. (not so long since1945.)

At the end of the road we were tempted to look at the shore ,

They could not keep their hands off the shells and the stones

My children were so sick and I said to the shore no more.

In 1968 we painted the Sewer in Scarborough which got rid of Sewage cheaply.

Out of its threepenny bit concrete mouth it spat the sewage onto the beach,

with pink and green toilet paper it trickled through the rock pools to the sea.

Our painting was exhibited in the local art Gallery and at Surrey University.

With my children in Wales in 1973

We used the compost toilets at the National Centre for Alternative Technology

We lived in Borth in a concrete box by the sea

It was built by an avantgard architect in 187O's

It was swept by the wind and bleached by the sun

It was at least three miles to the nearest tree.

We had our sewage disposed of free.

A well built system with two septic tanks.

Gently sloping salt glazed pipes, set in the pebble bank

In bikinis and wellies we could rod them ourselves.

And jump in the sea afterwards to get rid of the smells

In 1989 we drove the backroads from Aberystwyth to Brighton by the sea

to attend the bitter revisionism of the Conference of the Labour Party.

We stopped at all the watercourses big and small

We could smell and see pollution in one and all.

In 1995 our WILPF train crossed the border to China,

going to the UN Womens Conference in Beijing,

out of 240 women the Americans were king

They knew the Chinese used night soil to grow crops,

American hands and voices were raised in horrors and shocks ,

and they said we are not, we are not, eating a thing!

The length of the train what a fuss and a din

I said where is the sea to put the pee in?

The sea is not a dustbin!

An oldie at Pembroke Market in 2003

shared her memories with me.

With the earth closet she used as a child

Their Potatoes and tomatoes grew prolifically

Sustainable as we used to be.

Today on my daily walk round Castle pond,

I still smell sewage on it's way to the sea.

On hot days children jump in and swim .

In 2009 with world oil running out

oil fertilisers in doubt, no longer about,

Bob Flowerdew would agree

Now we all need to live sustainably.

Thalia Campbell. October 2009

My grandmother and parents sparked an early, life long interest in waste disposal.

Iphone or Droid?

Help send an ambulance to gaza next month

Ingrid Bousquet

On the 5th of December, I and 2 other women, Janet Hussain and D. Murphy (members of Swansea Palestine Community Link), from Swansea will embark upon a 2000 miles convoy to the Middle East, bringing aid to the refugee camps of Gaza. We are seeking public donations to purchase an Ambulance and critical medical Aid.

More than two hundred vehicles including ambulances, fire-engines, refrigerated trucks and vans filled with much needed Humanitarian Aid (medical, maternity and post natal supplies, as well as supplies for schools) will leave London bound for the people of Gaza, who are lacking most of the basic necessities.

The Convoy organised by Viva Palestina, a registered charity, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) will travel through Belgium, Luxembourg,, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt before entering Gaza. For those who live in any of these countries, I'll let you know exactly where we stop if you want to come and meet us along the way.

As well as delivering Aid, the objective of the convoy is to raise awareness about the siege of Gaza, to show solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Members of SPCL have previously visited the Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza, who works mainly with traumatised children. Those on the Convoy hope to meet with them again, and fundraise for their Centre when they return to Swansea in January 2010.

Swansea Palestine Community Link Co-op Bank Account
Sort Code: 089299- Account No.: 65141771- Ref: GAZA
Or via credit card/ Paypal on

We will also need some EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES, see the list further down.
All which you can deliver (or contact us to collect) at Undercurrents at The Environment Centre,
Old Exchange, Pier St, Marina, Swansea, SA1 1RY. UK

For more information
Contact, mobile 07891737802 or 01792528728
Convoy details

Viva Palestina Reg. Charity No. 1129092

To bring to gaza:
Well in-date un-opened medicines, bandages, pads, plasters, creams..
maternity and post-natal equipment and clothing
education stationary: exercise books, pens, crayons..

For the trip:
2x 2-4 men 4 seasons tents
3x winter (silk) sleeping bags
3x Therma rest/mats
3x inflatable pillows
3x foldable stools
3x torches
3x rock sack

pick-nick blanket
gaz stove
3x plates/ bowls
3x fork/knife/spoon
saucepan with lid
frying pan
3x cups
wooden spoon
flat soon/fork
bottle opener
can opener
picque-nique bag/basket for dishes
cool box
veg peeler
foldable/ collapsable water carrier
Italian style coffee maker
Swiss knife/ foldable sharp knife
washing up liquid
sponge/ scruber
tea towel
water filter
cutting board
potato masher
bin bags
freezer bags
food store boxes
elastic bands

3x adult merino wool jumpers
6x adult thermals/ underlayers sizes 10-14
3x hats
3x scarf
3x pair of warm gloves
thick socks
3x boots (size 6 1/2-7,
3x sunglasses
rain coats

Car maintenance kit
window cleaner or wipes
ice scruber or product
petrol can
oil can
water can
heavy duty gloves
fluorescent jacket
air inflater
CB radio
Talkie walkies

burn bandage/pads /spray
burn cream
generic antibiotics
sprain/strain cream
aloe vera cream
record keeping book
cotton wool

3x sports towels
toilet paper
cotton buds
women sanitary towels/ tampons
washing powder/liquid

camera bag
35mm camera
35mm films
medium format film camera
medium format films
lens caps
detachable camera flash
light meter
digital camera memory cards
waterproof camera/videocamera bag

3x close to body money bags
Solar or manual battery charger
AA rechargeable batteries
portable radio/tape player + tapes
waterproof folder bags

Dried fruits and nuts
cans of vegetable/ beans/ fruits/olives/tuna./soup.
dry pasta/ rice/ couscous/ noddles/ lentils
long life milk
cereal/ energy bars
tea, coffee, hot chocolate, malt drink
dry bread/ krisprolls/ crackers
dry sausage
salt, pepper, spices and herbs
biscuits/ cake

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bailiffs blocked from Hackney home

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Barclays Bank re-possessed this property from a bankrupt business, then left it empty for at least 2 years. 2 months ago a group of homeless people occupied it. Here they successfully resist the first attempt to evict them from their home.

Flight 1549 3D Reconstruction, Hudson River Ditching Jan 15, 2009

Full info: This animation is based on all currently available data concerning the US Airways Flight 1549 crash (Cactus 1549). Satellite imagery, elevation models and robust GIS mapping methods are utilized to create a vegetation model, terrain model and ground clutter (3D buildings). Of all available audio tracks, only two are used, La Guardia Tower and New York TRACON Departure controller position. Radar data as well as the onboard Flight Data Recorder are utilized in constructing the flightpath of the aircraft.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Realy good - NewsBiz Conference

Our third annual summit on the future of news is getting started. Today it’s all about local. We’ll be tweeting all day, too. Hit us up with questions and comments, the hashtag is #newbiz. Conference details and schedule are here.

UPDATE: For those of you who are wondering, here is a link to the models that are being discussed this morning.

How to Squat in Amsterdam

This was made at a CJ workshop in Amsterdam a few years ago. Still in use today, some one added a new ending (:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Free video citizen journalist training workshop

Saturday 28th November - 10am - 6pm
Space Studios, Hackney -
129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, LONDON E8 3RH
Cost: Donation for the opening of the space
Places are limited - to apply, please fill in the application form at
Our training programme is bold and unique. We have taken away the obstacles to making effective films by radically simplifying the whole process. Come to the workshop to learn how to make fast-turnaround video news reports. Our production templates will enable you to make films with whatever equipment you already possess. You can even make videos with no camera at all!
Please bring the items of portable recording equipment you have - video camera, stills camera, mobile phone, laptop computer. We will use them during the workshop.
Please note: to complete your productions, an extra session on Sunday morning (in a local cafe) may be necessary.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Direct Action on Coal

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Activists protest expansion of opencast mining across UK. More on

Sunday, November 08, 2009

A ranting American - life in business the future

Web 2.0 Expo NY: Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library). Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape. Note: This presentation contains adult language.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

In Guantanamo

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Guantanamo naval base, "Gitmo", covers forty five square miles of Cuba inside an area under a controversial 'permanent lease' to the United States. Since 2002, the base has become synonymous with its detainment facilities for suspected terrorists. Although Barack Obama has given orders for the detention camp to be closed, the facilities remain open to this day. David Miller's quiet, powerful film is the result of three days the filmmaker spent touring the camps in May 2008 as part of a small group of media representatives allowed there. Although the event was presented as a chance to 'see inside' the working of Guantanamo, it was in fact a carefully staged PR exercise designed to yield predictable, stale, controlled media images.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Great Climate Swoop

Another nice film. Saturday 17 October 2009: The Great Climate Swoop descended on the Ratcliffe coal-fired power station in Nottingham with the intention of shutting it down. Using direct action the perimetre fence was breached and pulled down, despite the heavy police presence. 52 people were arrested that day. One protestor and three police officers were reported injured, one seriously.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

BNP MEP Nick Griffin + KKK Terrorist

BNP chairman Nick Griffin speaks to an audience of American Nationalists alongside convicted fraudster David Duke of the blatantly Nazi American terrorist group the KKK, who have been responsible for dozens of savage killings and hate crimes in the USA.

In his speech Nick Griffin confirms that BNP strategy is to re-package and "sell" BNP ideas to British voters. Nick Griffin confirms that, instead of using traditional far-right slogans about terror, hate, authoritarianism and violence, the new BNP strategy is to use "saleable words" like "freedom, security, identity, democracy" instead, while reassuring his (small) pro-KKK audience that the BNP's secret and real beliefs are still "your ideas too".

Nick Griffin admits that the long-term BNP goal of forcibly expelling all non-White Britons from the their homes is, for the time being, best served by "being rather more subtle" - because in the short-term, the BNP being HONEST about their real beliefs would get his party "absolutely nowhere". BNP chairman Nick Griffin dreams of a day when the BNP will "control the British broadcasting media", and when British people will (as a result) have been tricked into electing the BNP. In other words BNP chairman Nick Griffin dreams of a day when HE will control the British media, and when British people will have been tricked into electing HIM.

"Instead of talking about racial purity, we talk about identity"

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Proper use of a Taser?

should we trust police with more weapons, the is a good resion they don't traditionally have weapons in this country


Everything we take for granted: the weekend, gay rights, contraception, women wearing trousers, the right to strike, to form a union, the abolition of slavery. Everything was won by disobedience, fought for by people who refused and resisted, claimed back from those in power. Their disobedience was a gift to our future.

Every form of rebellion we know, from protest marches to lock-ons, barricades to boycotts, factory occupations to street parties, super glue actions to climate camps was invented, dreamt up and designed. More often than not, by a small group of people huddled together, laughing and creatively conspiring with each other; engineering the art of resistance.

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination and Climate Camp are plotting together to design and build a new tool of civil disobedience for the RECLAIM POWER mobilisations taking place in Copenhagen, during the UN climate summit in December. Made from hundreds of recycled bikes, The Bike Bloc will merge device of mass transportation and pedal powered resistance machine, postcapitalist bike gang and art bike carnival.

Bike hackers, welders, climate campers, artists and engineers will be working together to design and build The Bike Bloc across two cities: Bristol (Arnolfini Gallery 15th 30th Nov.) and Copenhagen (4th- 18th Dec.) Come and take part, either designing and building the prototype in Bristol, putting together the real thing in Copenhagen or swarming with us on the day of civil disobedience on the 16th of December.

*Put the fun between your legs, become the bike bloc.*

For times and how to get involved:

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Makeing good video with webcam