Wednesday, December 30, 2009

George Galloway MP gets annoyed On Live TV

Al Jazeera Tv live discussion ends in Galloway putting the phone down on news anchor over his 'tone'.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Israel army fail to stop embarrasing video report

Israeli army embarrassed by video broadcast
The Israeli army has expressed a note of contrition after a television station aired a videotape showing an army assault on a Palestinian home in which a mother of five children died.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Viva Palestina remains stuck in Jordan

An undercurrents worker has joined others in Jordan to protest at Egypt's blockade of a humanitarian aid convoy trying to deliver to Gaza

Gaza aid held up in Jordan - 26 Dec 09

Swansea women go on Hunger strike
The Swansea Aunties and others began a hunger strike in protest of Egypt's blockade of the convoy. Today is the anniversary of the Israeli bombing of Gaza.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cop pulls out gun at Snowball Fight!

Around 2.30PM on Saturday, December 19, during a historic snowstorm, residents at the intersection of 14th and U Streets NW started throwing snowballs at passing Hummers. One of the cars pelted was driven by a plainclothes police officer identified only as Det. Baylor. Baylor got out of his car and brandished his gun at the crowd.'s Dan Hayes was on the scene, capturing the tense confrontation between police and citizens who chanted "Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight!" Approximately 5 minutes; harsh language throughout. For a news account of the incident, go to

The National Lottery Awards 2010

The National Lottery Awards 2010 will be open for entries from Monday
11 January 2010.

Winners will receive a cash prize of £2,000.

The awards reward Lottery-funded projects across the arts, sport,
heritage, charities, health, education and the environment. Winners
will be decided by a public vote featured in a special BBC1 television
show in the autumn.

Entries can be submitted online via the website below or you can
request a postal form by calling 020 7324 4366.

For more information visit the National Lottery Awards website here:

Tuxedo activists need springing from Danish Jail

A message from Greenpeace
Four of our activists face Christmas in jail over charges relating to a peaceful protest at the Heads of State dinner at the Copenhagen climate summit.

We're calling for the immediate release of the activists - please help us by writing to the Danish Embassy today.

The activists joined Heads of State from over 120 countries en route to the banquet at the Danish Parliament. They arrived in a three-vehicle convoy and stepped out onto the red carpet as representatives of the millions of people around the world who wanted a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty to head-off climate catastrophe.
They held up banners reading: "Politicians Talk, Leaders Act", and demanded
action, not just words from Presidents and Prime Ministers during their Friday
session of the climate summit.

While the political leaders who are the perpetrators of real crime in Copenhagen have now fled the country on private jets, the Danish authorities decided to detain, without trial, four peaceful protesters over Christmas.

Their families will spend a bleak festive season knowing that their loved ones will be languishing in isolation for acting to save the climate. For standing up in defense of the hundreds of millions of people and countless species which will be severely affected by catastrophic climate change.

The four activists - Juantxo, Joris, Nora, and Christian - were willing to risk jail time to do something about climate change and look forward to presenting their arguments in court. But keeping them apart from their families and loved ones over Christmas and New Year is both inhumane and out of all proportion to what they did.

Now they need your help. Please take a few minutes to write to the Danish
Ambassador requesting their immediate release. Thank you for your support.

email via here or
Ambassador Birger Riis-Jørgensen
Embassy of Denmark
55 Sloane Street
London SW1X 9SR

That Copenhagen summit in full

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote

Film making is making stunning leaps and bounds.Cheaper Technology is allowing the blockbuster to be made just on your laptop

The making of Avatar

I have just been to see Avatar the movie in 3D IMAX. I witnessed film making beginning a new episode.
I find it very interesting that the worlds most expensive movie has a message about respecting nature at the core of it's story.

Stunning effects and a movie I recommend anyone to go and see.

Killing in the name - rage against the machine

Wiped the smirk off Simon Cowell and his sterile music off the face of the charts!

Rock band Rage Against the Machine ended Simon Cowell’s four year domination of the Christmas charts tonight after a hugely popular Facebook campaign helped the Los Angeles nu-metallers snatch the Christmas number one slot from X-factor’s Joe McEdlerry.

More than half a million people downloaded the band’s famously anti-authoritarian and expletive laden track “Killing in the Name” in what was seen as a broad protest against the increasing influence of manufactured pop music.
A BBC spokesperson said Radio 1 and Radio 6 would continue to play the clean edit of “Killing in the Name” which cuts out the 17 swearwords at the end of the song. Radio Two will not play the Rage track but will play McElderry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Six Hours of Torture in Copenhagen

The film features an interview with a Swedish local councillor who was one of the 968 protesters who were detained by the Danish police. There is also footage from the hit the production demo on the 13th.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Art student arrested for filming a building

An Italian student has described how she was stopped by police under anti-terrorist legislation while filming buildings, and later arrested, held in a police cell for five hours and given a fixed penalty notice.

The jumped up little git of a community support officer (PCSOs) in the photo caused Simona Bonomo, 32, an art student at London Metropolitan University at London Metropolitan University, to be nicked.But she filmed the moment on 19 November. Watch the video and read the report.

Guardian journo went and filmed the Gherkin building just to see what the response would be..incredible how the cops are so up their own arse!

The cops say 'According to legislation, digital images may be viewed as part of a search under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 provided viewing is to determine whether the images are of a kind which could be used in conjunction with terrorism.'

Monday, December 14, 2009

BBC masterclass in Journalism

The public will be able to gain online access to masterclasses delivered by some of the BBC's best-known journalists, including John Simpson and John Humphrys, under plans to be announced later today.

BBC executives plan to let licence-fee payers use the corporation's internal training website (, which includes thousands of hours of material, as part of a range of
partnership agreements. Rival news organisations and broadcasters will also be able to use the material.

Pinocchio and TV lies

On my last journey through Europe I walked many gritty streets in search of street art. This piece had been painted on a construction site in Italy. I loved the Pinocchio / television references.. I’m not sure if that’s what the artist meant, but what I read from it is ‘the television lies!’. said Jess Worth,

Win a £30,000k website for Charity

Precedent Charity Give-Away competition, open to all UK charities* big or small. The prize, which is the equivalent of more than £30,000** of Precedent's time, is to get to work with our team of specialists to develop an online strategy, deliver a new website, provide training on digital marketing, search engine optimisation, writing for the web and lots more.,2U97,RJ1AF,91K0,0

The competition will close on January 10th 2010 at 5pm. So get filming, because you might just be the one to win!

The Stupid Show - Episode 2 - Part 6

At the Copenhagen climate conference

£500 award for community groups using digital media

Media Trust says-
As part of our Community Voices campaign we'd like to highlight how digital media can empower people. We’ve got 20 £500 awards ( ) in total to give to communities who are already using digital media in an inspiring way. Each week until the end of March 2010, we'll be showcasing the selected projects through our
website and blogs. Here are some of the recent winners' stories ( ).

If you’re helping to give your community a voice through digital media we’d like to
hear from you. Projects chosen will be showcased on our website and blog, and each
project will receive a free bursary training place at one of our training events.
Why not email us ( ) with your story, or nominate a
community group that you think deserves recognition?

For some inspiration and practical advice, come along to social media in a nutshell
( ) on 2 February 2010.
Places fill up fast so call Ray on 020 7217 3789 or email him ( ).

The Age of Stupid - trailer

Age of Stupid on BBC4 tonight

Climate Change documentary The Age of Stupid will be broadcast on British TV tonight, Mon 14 Dec, on BBC4 at 10pm
The film makers ask
Really important: please, please contact the BBC after the broadcast.
If the programme generates a big enough response, it should be re-broadcast on BBC2, where it will seen by many tens of thousands more people.
- Write on the BBC talkboard here:
- Debate on the Points of View webpage here:
- Call them on 08455 19 14 71

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mass arrest in Copenhagen

Mass arrests in Copenhagen climate change talks as 400 people arrested, most of them had their hands tied and were forced to remain siting on the ground under extreme cold weather for 2 hours. A video has been posted showing the Police charging the demonstrators

Friday, December 11, 2009

Snow Man on the run in Swansea

Where would a 7ft plastic snowman hide in Swansea? My landlord has had his stolen from the White House Hotel Here's a photo of Snowy who has just been stolen from outside the hotel

Live from Copenhagen

Stand by for Team Stupid's contribution to the UN Climate Summit. Yup, it's The Stupid Show, our half hour web TV shenanigans, going out live and direct from Copenhagen at 8pm CET every night, from Fri 11th Dec. Free for anyone to view from the comfort of their computer screen.

News of direct action and what to bring to Copenhagen

And if you are staying in London, then check out Climate Camp in Travalgar square

Walk the route of the Newbury bypass

In 1996 we filmed the direct action against the building of the A34 Newbury bypass. Those who remember when it was all forest hold an annual walk and all are welcome to join.Janet Griffin who runs a local environmental organisation in Newbury
(Local Voices) has been organising a annual walk of the bypass every January since it was built.

This year it'll take place on Sunday, January the 10th at 11am and all are welcome...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

War on Terror - the boardgame featured on TV

Undercurrents have re-stocked this great political boardgame which will also feature in the BBC4 documentary 'Games Britannia' will be aired on Monday at 9pm (you can catch it on BBC iplayer too). It charts the history of British games

Buy the boardgame from Undercurrents here

Viva Palestina convoy reaches Italy

The Undercurrents book keeper is driving in this convoy to Gaza. Follow her progress on

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Police get slapped for misusing terror laws against photographers

Police forces across the country have been warned to stop using anti-terror laws to question and search innocent photographers after The Independent forced senior officers to admit that the controversial legislation is being widely misused.

The strongly worded warning was circulated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) last night. In an email sent to the chief constables of England and Wales's 43 police forces, officers were advised that Section 44 powers should not be used unnecessarily against photographers. The message says: "Officers and community support officers are reminded that we should not be stopping and searching people for taking photos. Unnecessarily restricting photography, whether from the casual tourist or professional, is unacceptable."

This is good news for us more

Green funders

Currently less than 2% of grants made by charitable trusts in the UK are directed towards environmental and conservation work, a very low figure given that the environment underpins everything that we do. Here is a list of funders

Friday, December 04, 2009

Swansea humanitarian aid convoy leaves for Gaza

Trust for Environmental issues

G D Charitable Trust
The Trust has chosen to prioritise its grant making in the following charitable
areas: the relief of animal suffering; the preservation of the environment; the
promotion of equal opportunities for disabled people; and the relief of the
homeless. The Trust prefers to support charities registered with the Charity
Commission although it will consider other organisations as long as the purpose of
the grant is considered to be charitable. Further details are available from G D
Charitable Trust, 50 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0BL. Tel 020 7227 7000.

Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation
The Foundation aims to support projects that seek to influence values and attitudes,
promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current
economic and social structures. The Foundation supports the work of UK registered
charities. Grants are given in the following categories: peace; ecological issues;
and other areas - support is given to human rights work, in particular when related
to peace, ecological issues and policy changes related to women's issues. The next
deadline is 12 March 2010. Details are available from the

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Quote of my week

'There is a whole suite of reasons that disqualify me from being any kind of politician. Firstly, I don’t want to be one. I would rather suck turds for a living.'
Stephen Fry

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Director of Koyaanisqatsi,

The trilogy of films including Koyaanisqatsi inspired me to make films.
The director said
Lets say if I somehow had The Truth, and it was applicable to everyone, the
very act of giving it to everyone would, for me, be a fascistic act.

It is very easy to make clear what you want a film to say, but I did not wish to engage in overt propaganda, even for the right cause. I wanted to create an experience
through the films, something where people could have the freedom of their own
response to them. So, not for lack of love of language, but because I feel our
language is in an enormous state of humiliation, I decided to make films
without words. Now having said that, Iíve taken the famous dictum, a picture ís
worth a thousand words,î and turned it completely upside down. I try to offer
the viewer a thousand pictures to give them the power of one word; in this case
from an inscrutable, uncivilized and illiterate language, Hopi, which I think
has more wisdom in it than our own language, which has lost its ability to
describe the world in which we live. Iíve chosen words like koyaanisqatsi,
powaqqatsi and naqoyqatsi so that I could use their subjective categories to
look at the white peopleís world or ìcivilizedî world. In my case, Iím trying
to look at this world as if an alien appeared and was trying to make some
visual if not emotive sense out of what they encounter.

godfrey reggio

Bushcraft DVD

So it seems that Winter is well and truly here, so for those of your stuck
indoors this season we have a special DVD offer starting.

We have just 300 copies of the current edition of Series 1 of A-Z
left! Remember every disc bought contributes to the future of
the A-Z series, and the next batch of discs. New Year, new start so we
are having a clearance sale to make way for filming the rest of season 2
and getting it out on DVD.

Series 1 DVD will be just £10 (+p&p) until the stock is gone, so get yours
now, an ideal Christmas present for the bushcrafting man/woman/children in
your life!

A-Z Climbing
In the meantime for the big Andy Price fans out there, he has been out on
the rock faces of Wales filming the A-Z of Rock Climbing. As with the A-Z
Bushcraft we are releasing the episodes online at with
a DVD of Series 1 out at the beginning of next year. If you're an
experienced climber or you just have an interest in the sport, start
learning now & get prepped for the next season of climbing. If you've
never climbed before, please do not rely solely on the information in our
videos before you start, please join an official mountaineering and
climbing club before you try it! The British Mountaineering Council have
a list of approved clubs here.

If you love receiving videos straight to your computer we also have an A-Z
Climbing podcast to which you can subscribe along with a facebook pages &
twitter account which you can follow for updates.

That's all for now folks, have a great winter cwtched up inside (or
outside as some of you may prefer!), don't forget to take advantage of our
DVD sale to keep you entertained until the Spring!

Incredible interview with a true survival expert

Just heard this on the radio- he is the 2nd person interviewed- incredible

Fergus Anckorn was held as a PoW by the Japanese for over three years during the Second World War, helping build the infamous 'Bridge over the River Kwai'. Now aged 91, he is the longest serving active member of the Magic Circle. Having performed as a magician since he was a small boy, little did he know that his performing skills would save his life. During his time as a PoW, he sometimes did magic tricks for the guards and soon found that if he used their food as part of the trick, they let him eat it afterwards. A book about his life, Surviving By Magic is written by Monty Parkin.
Listen to it here (you only have a few days so tune in now)

The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz

Blast from the past...i love the fact that people taped TOTP from the 80s only to end up on Youtube

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

F**k Christmas by Eric Idle

The Monthy Python Sums up Christmas for me!

Come out and support the Gaza van on Friday in Swansea

If you live in Swansea, come and support the women driving a van to to Gaza packed with aid.

Friday, December 4 at 11:30am
Where: from Swansea Guildhall

Me and Orson Welles

In his later years Orson Welles made wine and beer commercials. He acted in The Muppet Movie and Magnum PI and narrated a documentary about Bugs Bunny. Sometimes he gave lectures, too, shambling into the half-empty town-halls of middle America to breathlessly introduce himself as a film director, writer and actor; a magician, designer and painter. Then his eyes would flick across the rows of empty seats. "Isn't it strange," he said, "that there are so many of me and so few of you?"
Read more

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...

I've finally returned to London, and am back on the case with the film.
All going to plan I'll be starting the interviews in early Spring.

Police accuse BBC photographer of being a terrorist

Undercurrents have reported this for years but now it is becoming mainstream knowledge.
BBC News photographer Jeff Overs was stopped and questioned for taking photographs in Westminster.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, for which he takes photographs, Mr Overs said he was worried that policing against terrorism was making the UK feel like "the Eastern Bloc
Watch the interview

Film screening - Rethinking Afghanistan

Thursday, December 10, 7 pm
Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff
Film screening - Rethinking Afghanistan
Cardiff Stop the War Coalition hosts the Wales premiere of the acclaimed new
film by award-winning Robert Greenwald (Director of Wal Mart: The High Cost
of Low Price, Outfoxed & Iraq For Sale). The film looks at the human and
financial cost of the war. It questions the assumption that the war can
liberate Afghan women and bring democracy. The screening will be
followed by a discussion kicked off by local anti-war activists.
Admission Free. All Welcome.

Funds for older people

Letters of interest are now being requested from Comic Relief’s Older
People’s Programme. Grants of £15,000 - £40,000 will be available, for
up to three years, UK-wide.

The programme will fund projects targeted at the 65+ age range, with
an interest in applications from older people which address the needs
of those who experience the greatest levels of isolation and
exclusion, e.g. Black and minority ethnic elders, frail older people,
older people with mental health needs, older carers and those on lower

The programme supports older people to bring a positive change to the
community; therefore project must show an active involvement of older
people in the development and delivery of the project. Projects must
deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

* Increase in the participation of older people to effect positive change

* Increase in the involvement of older people who are the most excluded

* A decrease in older people’s feelings of isolation.

Examples of possible projects from the website include:

* Bringing generations together to learn from each other through,
for example, the creative arts or IT

* Older people acting as a resource to other older people and
supporting those who may be less physically and mentally able

* Projects that are engaging hard to reach groups such as Black
and minority ethnic elders

* Activities, which generate profits to further social or
environmental goals, such as community cafes, run by older people.

Grants will not be made to individual older people or for services,
which statutory bodies have a duty to provide.

The deadline for letters of interest is Monday 11 January 2010.
Letters of interest are requested to be emailed. If your application
is chosen for further consideration you will be contacted by the
middle of January 2010.

For more information or to discuss your project contact Comic Relief
by email ( or telephone, 020 7820 5555, or
visit the website here:

Undercurrents film direct action against Biomass plant in Wales

Undercurrents have been filming this morning as Climate activists block the worlds largest biomass plant planned for Port Talbot

Activists from Climate Camp Cymru have blockaded a biomass plant in Port Talbot to protest against plans to produce electricity from imported woodchips.

Two protestors used bicycle locks to close off the plant’s entrance, stopping the hourly 20-tonne deliveries of woodchip needed to keep the power station operating. A large banner on the gates reads “Biomess”. Other activists climbed up the chimney to unfurl a giant banner in Welsh reading “Clean Energy: Dirty Joke”.

The plant is the first of its kind in the UK, incinerating woodchips to generate electricity. It is a test plant for the large-scale plants that have been announced in Britain. The world’s largest biomass plant (350 MW) has already been approved in Port Talbot and construction is due to start early next year. The second largest in the world is planned for Holyhead, Anglesey.

Rob Goodsell, 33 said, “The Port Talbot and Holyhead biomass plants will require an area of dedicated biomass plantations half the size of Wales. A land area this size could feed up to a third of the population of Britain. With the world facing serious food security issues in coming years this is crazy.”

Ioan Gwyn, 29 said: “The power companies said the wood will come from sustainable sources but the reality is very different. In 2008 about 9 million hectares of industrial tree plantations have been certified as sustainable despite evidence of their devastating effects on people and the environment [2]. These plantations are in fact green deserts: they consume vast amounts of water and are empty of native wildlife.”

Melissa Harvey commented: “Burning wood is called carbon neutral but this is a myth. It’s hard to believe but burning wood for electricity is even dirtier than coal. It releases one and half as much carbon dioxide as burning coal, [4] and the other pollution affecting air quality is nearly as bad as coal.” [5]

Adam Thorogood said: “We’re going to cook the world’s remaining forests to fight climate change. At this rate, research shows that the world’s forests will be all gone within the next 60 years.”

Ioan Gwyn commented: “Burning wood releases carbon dioxide. Each plant will emit about 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. This means that Wales’ carbon dioxide emissions will increase by 20% as soon as Port Talbot and Holyhead biomass plant open. Whilst scientists are warning of the fragility of forest ecosystems, the UK government is subsidising their destruction by giving these two developers £400 million a year. Instead, they should be giving subsidies to truly clean energy, such as wind and solar power.” [6]

Rob Goodsell added: “Forests play a key role in sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The best thing to do is to leave the carbon locked up as wood, and that means not burning it.”

Melissa Harvey concluded: “Catastrophic climate change could be unstoppable in as little as 10 years. This is our last window of opportunity. False solutions such as biomass and carbon trading mean we’ll have no chance at all. And when we talk about catastrophic climate change, we’re not talking hot summers, we’re talking about the question of survival.”
More here
Video report will be uploaded soon

National Young Filmmakers' Award 2010

deadline - 18 December 2009
The National Young Filmmakers' Award (NYFA) is currently open for
entries. Now in its seventh year, the Awards showcase the best new
filmmaking talent in the UK and is looking for the best short films from
the movie makers of the future.

Films can be of any type - fiction, documentary or animation and any
genre - horror, comedy, drama, sci-fi, fantasy, etc as long as they are
under 10 minutes and have been made in the last year. All shortlisted
films will be screened at a special event in the 2010 Leeds Young
People's Film Festival in front of a panel of industry specialists
including filmmakers, producers, journalists and funders. The winning
films in each age group will receive a £250 cash prize towards their
next project. The competition is open to any young filmmakers aged from
zero to 19.

Download a copy of the entry form from

Friday, November 27, 2009

Nov 28 is Buy Nothing Day

Participate in Buy Nothing Day by doing nothing more than sitting down with your feet up but for those willing to spread the anti-consumerist message about a bit there are a host of events taking place all over the country.

* Some of the Buy Nothing Day events happening around the country on
Saturday November 28th include...

Birmingham: The 8th annual Santa Parade will be trundling through
Birmingham city centre from noon. For details email

Brighton: Feeling the crunch when it comes to your Christmas list?
Head down to The Cowley Club to join in free gift making workshops
including rug weaving, candle dipping and a book exchange, starting
off at 11am.

Bristol: If you really can't kick the consumption habit there
will be Free Shop in Bristol. Swing by to pick up yer gratis goodies
or stop for a chat and a bite to eat, at the centre of Broadmead from

Cardiff: Help clean up after capitalism with an organised litter pick
along the Taff Trail and surrounding areas between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
Meet outside 89 Corporation Road, Grangetown, CF11 7AQ at 12.00 for a
12.30 start. See

Falmouth, Cornwall: Kernow Action Now! a new Cornwall direct action
group will be launching what will become a regular Free Shop from 1pm
outside the old Woolworths in Falmouth.

Leeds: Another Free Shop along with a craft workshop and lusty
renditions of alternative Christmas carols. From 11am to 4pm at
Briggate in Leeds city centre.

Lincoln: Anti-capitalist crazies My Dad's Strip Club are out to
do three events in three days. Following Bite the Hand, a comedic demo
held yesterday, today sees From Dirty Cash to Clean Green as MDSC try
and navigate a way out of the climate chaos through drawing and
performance. 5.30-7.30pm at Healthy Hub caf?, Beaumont Fee.
Saturday's finale is Good Shit Doesn't Have to Cost the
Earth as MDSC will be out coercing unsuspecting shoppers into breaking
their addiction to mass-produced cheap-shit. Meet for a report back at
the Dog and Bone pub 1pm sharp. See

London: Islington's Green Living Centre is hosting a craft
workshop using waste materials including newspaper origami and making
picture frames from old CD cases. 222 Upper Street. For more info

Sheffield: A hoard of zombie shoppers will be lurching around
Meadowhall shopping centre in search for sweet, tasty consumer brains.
Bring friends, costumes, signs and blood, lots and lots of blood (fake
please, people). Meet by the statue in the main concourse at 1pm.
Search Facebook for 'zombie flashmob sheffield' to get
more details.

South Derbyshire: We won't pretend to understand this one
despite our up and running Twitter page and hundreds of devoted
followers but apparently... will serve as the social
media hub for sustainability, with an annual programme of eight
lifestyle events to meet, tweet and stream. See

* For more info see

Bicycle Revolutionary

Lovely film to get your cycle legs working

Film production assistant wanted

Just Do It: How to Get off Your Arse and Change the World
The story of 3 organizations, 2 loose affiliations, and 1 domestic

A year in the life of climate change activists from campaign groups such
as Climate Rush, Plane Stupid and Climate Camp.
Coal fired power stations, aviation expansion, biofuels, carbon trading;
business as usual cannot continue....

Filmmaker Emily James ( has been filming for this
project since spring, with the help of various Shooters and others, and
things are now getting busier than ever; ideas are flowing, editing is
beginning, funding is coming in (soon...fingers crossed) and help is

We are looking for a production assistant to help production manager
Lauren Simpson get (more) organised. The role will be a great opportunity
to learn from doing, within a small yet experienced crew working to produce
an original film in an original way. The role will be voluntary to begin
with but future paid opportunities possible. You will be based from home,
but ideally in London, and moving to a London office in the new year.
Ideally you will have your own computer and access to internet. This role
is part-time and can be flexible to fit around other commitments.

If you are interested please email your CV to,
with subject heading: Production Assistant for Just Do It

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Reel Change Short Film Competition

Reel Change Short Film Competition as part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival for 2010.

It's the third year of our festival – the first involved a wide programming range,
largely a-list international festival content with a variety of locally submitted
works, documentary, animation, narrative, and experimental. Full details of our 2008
program content, awards/prizes and supporters, can be found via our website

The Reel Change Short Film Competition is seeking films under 15 minutes which
address the human impacts of climate change.

The closing date for submissions is 11th December, 2009. Submission details can be
found at There are thousands of dollars worth of prizes up for
grabs for the best Australian and best International film.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bid on old Whiskey to send an ambulance to Gaza from Swansea

Bid on Ebay here
This is a wax sealed full ceramic jug of whiskey which was bought more than 20 years ago in Ireland. I can't recall the exact time so it is probably older.

It has remained sealed with wax and an orange lace capped with a cap with the date 1791 stamped on it.

I don't know the volume but the jug Height is 8 inches high
The text is Tullamore Dew and on the other side in Gaelic as Uisge baugh - a blend of rare old Irish Whiskey

The money from this auction will be used to send an ambulance from Swansea to Gaza on December 5 so please give generously.

Bid on Ebay here

G20 review to say police protest tactics need reform

It took years but finally Police are being exposed as acting as violent thugs against peaceful protesters.Video evidence is key in all this.

A review of the way protests are dealt with in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is expected to propose major changes to police public order tactics.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson asked the Inspectorate of Constabulary to investigate after the G20 protests in London in April.
Earlier this month, Sgt Delroy Smellie, 47, pleaded not guilty to assaulting demonstrator Nicola Fisher in the City of London during G20. His trial is due to take place in March.The video evidence is clear- he punched a girl half his size and then batoned her.

London Film Festival 2010

The expanded London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) in
association with the London Review of Books is calling for submissions. The
call is open and international. All subject matter is considered. Films
must be produced after January 1st 2008. First time and established
filmmakers all welcome. Deadline: December 1st 2009. Extended deadline
(with additional late-fee): December 30th 2009.

The LIDF is scheduled to run between 29th April to 8th May, 2010.

For further information and on-line entry form

Monday, November 23, 2009

Undercurrents goes into Parliament

Helen receives award from Marta lane Fox- the UKs digital champion and founder of

Undercurrents are off to London on a train heading to the House of Lords to collect our Digital Hero Wales award. Helen of Undercurrents was voted the winner by the
Welsh public after being shortlisted by Martha Lane-Fox, founder of

We will receive an amazing grant of £5,000 to fund our solar cinema project as well as getting free broadband for a year.

The Digital Heroes Awards, in conjunction with Citizens Online, are the only awards of their kind in the UK.They reward 12 individuals, one from each region of the UK, who are doing outstanding work using digital technology to bring about positive social change and improve the lives of people in their local communities.

Martha Lane-Fox said: “Hidden away in charities and local community
groups across the UK are countless unsung digital heroes who recognise
the positive impact the internet can have on everyday people’s lives.

“It is these heroes, who strive to make digital technology more accessible, relevant and fun for the people in their local communities, that the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards aim to celebrate and reward and I am delighted to offer my ongoing support of the initiative.”

These women are driving a Swansea Ambulance to Gaza

On 5th December, three women from Swansea will embark upon a 2000 mile convoy to the Middle East, bringing aid to the refugee camps of Gaza. They are seeking public donations to purchase an Ambulance.

More than two hundred vehicles including ambulances, fire-engines, refrigerated trucks and vans filled with much needed Humanitarian Aid will leave London bound for the people of Gaza.

The Convoy organised by Viva Palestina, a registered charity, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) will travel through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt before entering Gaza.

Janet Hussein, Ingrid Bousquet and d Murphy are all members of Swansea Palestine Community Link which campaigns for justice for Palestine.

Convoy driver, d Murphy said
‘The people of Gaza are lacking most of the basic necessities so the vehicles will be carrying critical Medical, Maternity and Post-natal Supplies, as well as much needed supplies for the Schools – paper, exercise books, pens and crayons.’

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.

Previously other members of SPCL have visited the Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza, who work 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

You can show your support by making a donation on


10x10 is looking for non-fiction filmmakers of all stripes to submit to
screen at our next session.

Not been before? 10x10 is both a gathering of independent filmmakers and a
free project development workshop, run as a partnership between DFG and
Doculink. Filmmakers can screen up to ten minutes of their non-fiction
works-in-progress and receive ten minutes of directed feedback from the
group. It's a great opportunity to see some fantastic work, and also to be
a part of the independent doc community.

Projects will be selected within the same criteria as always. If you wish
to screen please submit by 5pm on WEDNESDAY 25th NOVEMBER. Just send an
email with 'Screener' in the header to , with answers to
these three questions:

1) In no more than one short paragraph, describe your project.
2) What do you want to show? (i.e, a trailer/key scene/whole short
film/sequence/raw footage etc...
3) What do you hope to gain from showing your project at this stag

Banish the dread of another commercial Christmas by joining a real
community and reminding yourself why we're all striving to make great

After roaming for the past few months, the next edition of 10x10 will take
place back at the DFG homestead on TUESDAY 1ST DECEMBER at 7.30pm. In true
festive spirit we will (as usual) continue the conversation at the end of
the evening in a nearby pub.

*** The viewers list is now full *** ... but if you wish to be added to
the waiting list in case anyone cancels, send an email with 'Waiting List'
in the header to

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tonight (Saturday) A Night of Palestinian Films in Swansea

A Night of Palestinian Films
at The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea marina on Saturday the 21st of November
Showing ‘Three Uncles Go To Gaza’a Yvonne Ridley / Hassan Al Banna Ghani
And meet the 3 Aunties who are driving an Ambulance to Gaza in December
Entry Price: £2 suggested donation

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Allow supporters to upload video via Youtube to your website

This would be great if it wasn't controlled by Youtube so your account could be deleted
if it upset a corporation. But useful tho'

YouTube's video platform has enabled a new generation of content creators to connect with billions of viewers every day. There's a great opportunity for organizations to leverage this online activity for video campaigns, coverage, or programming initiatives - but many find it difficult to connect directly with YouTube's community in a simple, effective way. We've just made that a lot easier with YouTube Direct.

YouTube Direct allows you to embed the upload functionality of YouTube directly into your own site, enabling your organization to request, review, and re-broadcast user-submitted videos with ease. News organizations can ask for citizen reporting; nonprofits can call-out for support videos around social campaigns; businesses can ask users to submit promotional videos about your brand.
Read more

Win £2000 for your film

Do you have a great story to tell? Can you tell it in 3 minutes?

4Docs have teamed up with the Co-operative to give filmmakers the
chance to upload their short documentaries to the site.

Entries will be watched by a panel of experts who will select four of
them to win prizes, including a cash prize of £2,000 for the film.

There is also the chance to get it seen by a Channel4 Commissioning
Editor, and maybe even on Channel 4 itself in their 3 Minute Wonder

Deadline for entries is 30 November 2009


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Angry Mermaid

A bit odd that they imply that a Tsunami is caused by climate change..dunno about that.

Angry Mermaid Award

A new award - the Angry Mermaid Award - has been launched to shame the corporates and corporate lobby groups which are lobbying to sabotage effective action on climate change. Eight candidates have been shortlisted for the award and voting is open online at www.angrymermaid until Sunday 13 December

The Angry Mermaid Award, named after the iconic Copenhagen mermaid who is angry about the destruction being caused by climate change, will go to the corporate or industry lobby group which has done most to sabotage effective international action on climate change.

Lobby groups representing oil, coal, aviation, the chemicals industry and emissions trading are all on the shortlist for the Angry Mermaid Award 2009, alongside biotech company Monsanto, oil giant Shell and energy company Sasol.

The winner of the angry mermaid award will be announced at the Copenhagen climate talks on Tuesday 15 December 2009.

The eight nominees for the Angry Mermaid Award are:

• American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity - for pushing “clean” coal and for employing a lobby firm which ran a fraudulent letter writing campaign, sending fake letters to the US Congress on the US climate bill.
• American Petroleum Industry (API) - for spending millions of dollars on lobbying against US climate legislation, including setting up an “astroturf” campaign to create the illusion of strong grassroots opposition.
• European Chemical Lobby (Cefic) - for lobbying for free permits under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, undermining the EU’s main measure to cut carbon emissions
• International Air Transport Association (IATA) – for promoting weak voluntary efforts to cut emissions from aviation in an attempt to pre-empt international legislation.
• International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) - for promoting emissions trading and carbon offsetting as the solution to climate change, despite the lack of evidence of real emissions cuts.
• Monsanto – a biotech giant, for lobbying for carbon credits for genetically modified crops and promoting GM crops as a solution to climate change.
• Sasol - for lobbying for carbon capture and storage as a way to clean up synfuel manufacture - where coal is converted to petrol using vast amounts of energy and generating huge levels of carbon emissions.
• Shell - for lobbying for financial and political support for carbon capture and storage while investing massively in environmentally destructive oil extraction from the Canadian tar sands.

Paul de Clerk from Friends of the Earth International, one of the groups organising the awards, said:

“All the candidates for the Angry Mermaid Award have lobbied to protect their own profits and prevent effective action to tackle climate change. As world leaders struggle to reach agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the influence of major polluters and lobbyists, and many others, needs to be exposed. We cannot tackle climate change and continue with business as usual - and that is what these companies and lobby groups want to do.”

The Angry Mermaid Award is organised by Attac Denmark, Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South and Spinwatch.

Corporate Media

I have just read a great insight into how the media works

“The corporate media system, while masquerading as an honest, independent source of
unbiased news and views, has in fact evolved to protect the powerful corporate and
political interests of which it is a part. The corporate media is not owned by big
business, as is often claimed – it +is+ big business. It does not watch over
concentrated power – it +is+ power. The media system does not fail in its task of
guarding the people against power – it +succeeds+ in its task of protecting power at
the expense of people and planet.”

The article will be here soon

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The next deadline for the People’s Postcode Trust is 16 January 2010.
The Trust funds projects with grants from £500 to £10,000. Its
priorities are:

* To prevent poverty, sickness and distress for the benefit of the public
* To promote, maintain, improve and advance health
* To advance citizenship or community development
* To advance public participation in sport
* To promote, improve and advance human rights, conflict
resolution or reconciliation
* To promote and advance environmental protection or improvement.

For more information see here:


Go behind the scenes to see how documentary film director Franny Armstrong made the
most ambitious film to date about climate change.
It's challenging, inspiring and funny.
Watch it on Community Channel tonight Tuesday 17 November at 11pm
Find out more HERE:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Film competition

Cutty Sark, the Independent London Whisky, and The Smalls seek talented
filmmakers to interpret the whisky's inspiring stories and celebrate

The winning films will participate in an interactive online gallery
alongside the work of other UK artists, featuring the most inspired works
revolving around the essence and the legend of Cutty Sark whisky. The
winning films will also be aired on the Discovery Channel.

Filmmakers and animators are invited to create films based on four themes
inspired by the history of Cutty Sark and are encouraged to interpret the
themes themselves. A filmmakers tool kit is provided at

Apart from being featured in the online gallery on the Cutty Sark website,
four winners will be promoted in creative industry press along with winning
a Canon EOS 500D and a case of Cutty Sark.

The deadline is 06 January 2010.

Learn more by visiting

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Alternative media birthdays

It is SchNEWS's 15th birthday next week, as well as issue
700. Mighty landmarks for pushers of radical literature you might
think, but still greatly in the shadows of London's premier
radical bookshop, Housmans, which marks 50 years operating as a
radical bookshop from the same building this week.

The King's Cross hang out, innocently named Peace House, stock
the widest range of 'out there' books, zines and pamphlets
in the country (and now all available for purchase online!) and have
always acted as a support hub for local like-minded communities
- which certainly must have been many and varied given the
sweeping cultural fashion shifts since 1959.

Five decades of political subversives, anarchists and pacifists
continually in the same building... we can only imagine the state of
the carpet.

To celebrate their miraculous longevity they are having a big bash
with poetry, comedy and music - from protest folk to very 21st
century-style DJ's spinnin' til the wee hours on November
14th, 3pm-2am at The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, King's Cross,
London N1 OAX.

For line up and info see

Friday, November 13, 2009

Latin America Bureau (LAB) invited to launch of new multimedia website

On 18th November Latin America Bureau (LAB) will be launching its new multimedia
website ( ) at the Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London (see details
Alongside LAB’s publishing activities, the website will provide the latest news,
in-depth analysis and information on all aspects of Latin America, from its vibrant
political andcultural life to socio-economic developments and increasingly important regional cooperation.Having established an extensive network of experts across the region over the last three decades, will provide a platform for these and a host of new commentators,

activists and journalists to disseminate thought-provoking, objective analysis of
the region to a global audience interested in events in Latin America. The website
includes dedicated blogs and vlogs from the region, video and audio
output of news, interviews and special features. A series of cutting-edge
documentaries on key issues in Latin America is planned for the future. will also feature a special ‘Cultures’ section focusing on contemporary
cultural practices that are changing the nature of social action across the region.
This follows the cultural hotspots initiative supported by Brazil’s former Minister
for Culture, Gilberto Gil, to encourage the use of digital technology to develop new
forms of social inclusion.
Another special feature of the website is an initiative to connect people and their
perspectives from around the world who share an interest in Latin America. has set up a ‘Social Network’ where users can create and join discussion
groups, display multimedia content and most importantly, forge a global community
able to share and disseminate well-informed news and information on Latin America. will become a platform for local voices from the region. It will reflect
all that is exciting in Latin America: the experiments in political transformation,
some at a national level; its ever-increasing cultural vibrancy with international appeal; and its increasing economic power at both the regional and global levels.
LAUNCH DATE: 18th November 2009

TIME: 7.00pm – 11.00pm

VENUE: The Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ.

CONTACT: Nina Simões


TELEPHONE: 07882164728

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Squeeze - Cool For Cats

i love the dancers

Convoy to Gaza- film night Swansea November 21st

Undercurrents Presents
A Night of Palestinian Films
The Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset place Swansea
Saturday the 21st of November 7.30pm

Swansea Actions for Palestine Shorts followed by
Main Film is ‘Three Uncles Go To Gaza’
a Yvonne Ridley / Hassan Al Banna Ghani Production

And meet the 3 Swansea Aunties who are driving an Ambulance to GAZA in December
also SWANSEA PALESTINE COMMUNITY LINK STALL Selling Date, Olives, Couscous, Almonds & Olive Oil from the West Bank

Entry Price: £2 suggested donation
Please put the evening in your diary now and support the Convoy to Gaza

BBC2 digital revolution

Digital revolution is a four part series for BBC Two about how the web is changing the world. Due in 2010, it's in production now
They will have a digital revolution short film competition which may be worth entering

Fund your movie if aged 11-19

First Light offers grants through its Young Film Fund to enable young
people to participate in all aspects of film production. The funding
is available to organisations that work with young people aged between
5 and 19. Applications from Yorkshire and the Humber are being
actively encouraged. Grants are available through three programmes:

· Studio Awards - up to £30,000 for between two and four films of up
to 10 minutes
· Script Awards - up to £3,000 for script writing projects that team
young people with script professionals
· Pilot Awards - up to £5,000 for one short film of up to five minutes
in duration.

Deadlines: 19 January 2010 for all three programmes; further deadline
of 27 April for Pilot and Script Awards

See the First Light website for more information:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes

Incredible speech for a child to the adults of the world

Make a video for The Prodigy

The Prodigy invite you to create a music video for their track, “Run With The Wolves”.
You could win £3,000! Here’s what you need to do:

1. Download the 'Run With The Wolves' track from the address below:

2. Make a music video for the song.

3. Upload your video to Dailymotion and add the video to this group:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Potatoe Fair

If you are a fan of the humble spud then check this out.The aim of the Potatoe Fair is to give you the opportunity to sample as many, or as few, varieties of potatoes as you wish in quantities as large, or as small, as desired.

for more information tel: Lindsay Wright 077 623 23 812
10.00am - 4.00pm

An out of date supermarket

Thousands of tonnes of food are binned annually in the UK because of confusion over use-by dates. But those willing to overlook the labels are finding big online discounts on food past its prime.Two years ago Dan Cluderay quit his job as a market stall holder and set up an online supermarket specialising in products past their best-before date.
His stock includes tinned and packaged groceries, biscuits, crisps and fizzy drinks.

"In the last year sales have gone up 500%. The reason we've done well is that we're offering value for money," says Mr Cluderay. His Approved Foods site is one of a small number of online retailers selling short-dated or out-of-date best-before produce.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Send a Swansea Ambulance to Gaza

Our office administrator in Undercurrents is raising funds to buy an Ambulance to drive to Gaza so if you can donate it would be greatly appreciated.

On 5th December, three women from Swansea will embark upon a 2000 mile convoy to the Middle East, bringing aid to the refugee camps of Gaza. They are seeking public donations to purchase an Ambulance.

More than two hundred vehicles including ambulances, fire-engines, refrigerated trucks and vans filled with much needed Humanitarian Aid will leave London bound for the people of Gaza.

The Convoy organised by Viva Palestina, a registered charity, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) will travel through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt before entering Gaza.

Janet Hussein, Ingrid Bousquet and d Murphy are all members of Swansea Palestine Community Link which campaigns for justice for Palestine.

Convoy driver, d Murphy said
‘The people of Gaza are lacking most of the basic necessities so the vehicles will be carrying critical Medical, Maternity and Post-natal Supplies, as well as much needed supplies for the Schools – paper, exercise books, pens and crayons.’

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.

Previously other members of SPCL have visited the Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza, who work 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

You can show your support by making a donation,

Free movies and Food

Thursday 12th November 2009 6-11pm
Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road,London W10 5JJ
6pm Doors Open: FREE delicious buffet from Abbevilles restaurant

6.45pm Film: "Last American Freak Show"
(2008) 1 hour 25 minutes
The Last American Freak Show is a documentary about a group of young disabled people
and their non-disabled friends who decide to confront society's views of what the
disabled can and can't do, by using the vehicle of a traditional freak show.

8.10pm Q&A with Richard Butchins, a UK journalist, photographer and filmmaker who
was paralysed by polio as a child.
9.30pm Performer: Richard Moore
Richard Moore was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Aged just 10, he was blinded by a
rubber bullet fired at point blank range into his face by a British soldier. He was
the subject of a BBC documentary, "Blind Vision" in which he meets the soldier who
blinded him, after which they became friends. Richard will speak at the event about
his extraordinary life.

Followed by a Drum & Bass set by the legendary DJ Void, known for his eclectic mix
of the light and dark ends of the Drum & Bass spectrum.

Thursday 19th November 6-11pm
6pm Doors Open: FREE delicious buffet from Abbevilles restaurant

6.45pm Film: "Unbreakable"
(2000) 1 hour 42 minutes
Unbreakable tells the story of Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn, who slowly
discovers that he is a real life superhero. The film is a study on the dimensions of
comic books; it explores the analogies between the real world and the mythology of

8.30pm Q&A with Ewan Marshal is a writer, theatre director and award-winning BBC
drama producer (Pear-shaped, Every Time You Look At Me), who works predominantly
with disabled actors.

9.30pm Performer: Shaun William
Shaun is a spoken word artist who has been performing for around 4 yrs. He won his
first poetry competition in 2005 at the UK Unsigned show. He is also an accomplished
athlete and won a bronze medal in 2006 in the Rowing World Championships held in
Eton Dorny Lake.

Followed by DJ Richard West playing eclectic beats.

Tickets are FREE
Advance bookings only
Call: 0208 354 5592 or Email:

Corporate renaming of football stadiums

Newcastle United fans have to put up with their badly corporatized re-naming of their teams stadium: Get this for a crap name @ St James' Park Stadium.

I wonder did the fans complain when the Christians stuck their oar in and added the Saint into the title?

Even if you're not a Newcastle supporter, this is not an easy name to love - it's like a stone-cladding porch tacked onto the front of a stately home. For life-long fans, it is a travesty."At first when I heard it I couldn't believe it. To me he's just kicking the supporters in the teeth," says Joe Grey, who's a third-generation Newcastle fan. He is not alone.

Footie fans need to get subverting and reclaim their ground.
read more

UK to go Nuclear in 21st Century...big mistake

Government gives the green light for UK to go Nuclear in the 21st century..just when we all know that we can't get rid of the nuclear waste. Wind power is cleaner.Nuclear power leaves a deadly legacy of radioactive waste that remains highly dangerous for tens of thousands of years and costs tens of billions of pounds to manage.

100 Free Online Archives for Film Students and Enthusiasts

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Jeremy Paxman admits to being 'hoodwinked' over Iraq invasion

In an interview last week, Jeremy Paxman - leading interviewer on BBC 2’s flagship
Newsnight programme - claimed that he had been “hoodwinked” by US government
propaganda prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Paxman commented:

"As far as I personally was concerned, there came a point with the presentation of
the so-called evidence, with the moment when Colin Powell sat down at the UN General
Assembly and unveiled what he said was cast-iron evidence of things like mobile,
biological weapon facilities and the like...

"When I saw all of that, I thought, well, 'We know that Colin Powell is an
intelligent, thoughtful man, and a sceptical man. If he believes all this to be the
case, then, you know, he's seen the evidence; I haven't.’

"Now that evidence turned out to be absolutely meaningless, but we only discover
that after the event. So, you know, I’m perfectly open to the accusation that we
were hoodwinked. Yes, clearly we were."
(Paxman, ‘Is World Journalism in Crisis?‘, Coventry University online interview,
October 28, 2009. The entire interview is available here:

A-Z of Bushcraft DVD is reviewed in magazine

Our A-Z of Bushcraft DVD is reviewed in the latest issue of Permaculture magazine.This leading environmental magazine gets to the heart of permaculture and sustainable living internationally.
Published quarterly, 72pp, UK£3.95
Available in all good shops or from

Here is the SchNews

One postie told SchNEWS why he is supporting the strike: 'Royal Mail recently announced that mail traffic was due to fall by 10% a year and to counter this they were going to engage in a period of 'modernisation'. The reality is that they're going to lay off 30% of the workforce, freeze pay indefinitely and engage in a period of Executive Action which would see a postie's workload increase between 30-40%. All of this bypassed a previously negotiated agreement with the Communications Workers Union.

While 3,500 post offices have closed across the country, the wages of Royal Mail boss, Adam Crozier, have shot up from a just-scraping-by £114,000 a year when he started in 2003 to over a million quid today. Meanwhile he has been busy telling the union to shut up and is employing 30,000 scabs to break the union resolve.

Funny advert to relieve depression!

Schnews advert made in one of our video training workshops

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Undercurrents goes into the house of Lords

Undercurrents is off to the Digital Hero awards ceremony at the House of Lords at 3.30pm – 5.00pm on Tuesday 24th November. We will collect our £5000 award and learn if we have won £10,000 for the UK Hero.

So that will be a laugh since we have spent years filming people protesting on the roofs of Parliament, now I will be inside it

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Do you need a digital TV?

With the digital TV switchover already having started in some areas of the country, Jane Turner tunes in to integrated digital TVs (IDTV) which can receive digital signals without the need for a set-top box.

Partly because of the digital switchover, sales of flatscreen TVs have boomed recently. But so has the size of screens.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recently said: “In the past five years we have seen the main television in a household change from typically being a 24in to 32in CRT television to being a much larger flatscreen television, with screen sizes of between 32 and 42 inches becoming more and more common. Not surprisingly, this has seen the energy used by the main television in the house increase.”

The analogue TV signal is being switched off between 2008 and 2012, so you must have access to some sort of digital signal by then or you won’t be able to watch TV at all. You won’t need a digital TV if you have a Freeview set-top box or subscribe to satellite or cable.

What does this mean to you? Check out this

Quote for the drinkers amongst us

"Liver disease will become the biggest medical problem, outside psychiatric disorders, in the next 10 years," said Nutt. "Most of that is driven by the toxic effects of alcohol on the liver. Government has to wake up to this timebomb of alcohol."
Former government drugs adviser David Nutt, who was sacked last week in a row over the classification of cannabis.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Low impact houses

A video about small homes include the chalet community in Wales- from the 1990s- Holtsfield

Ecovillage building

Building in the Ecovillage has began

Poppy poster subverter apology

A bizzare bit of reporting here.
I wrote earlier about the person who subverted a poster about the poppy appeal to call for the troops to be brought home and for ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair to be prosecuted.

A Kent newspaper labelled the person a 'vandal' but now has published an amazing letter from the person who did it.

This is just a section of it..
“Personally I don't consider rewording the poster to be an act of vandalism (or 'a bit of fun') and I don't for a moment think that it will have adversely impacted on the fund raising efforts of the poppy appeal.

“Despite the outage from some quarters, I am certain that the sentiments expressed by myself (and other subvertisers) are ones supported by the majority of people in this country - including large numbers of current and ex-service men and women.
“In fact, if recent polls are to be believed, more people would like the troops home now, than ever voted for the government that sent them to war.
“Some people, while agreeing with the message, have suggested that instead of subverting the poppy appeal posters, I should have paid for my own.
“But free speech isn't free and in this Orwellian era of eroding civil liberties and political policing, I wouldn't fancy my chances.

read the full letter here

Monday, November 02, 2009

1967's Prediction for 1999 Computers

1967's Prediction for 1999 Computers
Goes to show that we can predict some things very well

The End of Time?

As the Hadron Collider has a string of disasters stopping it from finding the 'God particle or Higgs bosons as the boffins call it (finding out what gives our bodies mass) a group of physicists who say the production of Higgs bosons may be so abhorrent to nature that their creation would ripple backwards through time to stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveller trying to halt his own birth.

"All Higgs machines shall have bad luck," said Dr Holger Bech Neilson of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Thus the cable meltdown that afflicted the LHC was an inevitable effect of the laws of time, a notion that leaves most Cern scientists scratching their heads in bafflement.

The essay is titled 'Test of Effect From Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal' – although we would have called it 'Run for it Marty: Doc Brown was right' – and put forward the theory that bad luck will dog the launch of the LHC, with future influences stopping the Collider from doing its job.

Interestingly, these theories were announced before the calamitous string of incidents that have postponed the LHC from finding the hallowed Higgs boson particle.

They are planning to fix and collide by Xmas
Read more

Police try to stop gangland movie being shown

A lone policeman took it upon himself to visit local cinemas advising them not to show a movie film about a gang in the west midlands.There was a recent screening planned at the International Black Festival in Birmingham. Again no cinema would let them show it because the West Midlands police had warned them against it. Penny the director finally screened it in a place called the Custard Factory on a dvd. Police arrived 15 minutes into the screening and stopped it, turned on all the lights and came in to
"count" the audience (all quietly watching the film). They also took the
film crew's details.

When the police superintendent was challenged by Penny on Radio 5 Live the next morning, the superintendant claimed that her officers had attended "because we heard there were problems with the projector" (a startling claim in its own right, no less when there was actually no projector...).

No-one can really figure out what has happened. It is deeply alarming that
the police have suddenly switched sides and decided to actively censor the
film by persuading cinema owners that public health and safety is at risk.

For a £750k small independent British film, perhaps the police will wreck
its chances of getting a big enough audience to stay in the cinemas. It's
hard to say.

I've just watched C4 news tonight which has picked up the story. The same
superintendent is now claiming that there has been 'no co-ordinated
actions' by the West Midlands police to ban the film.

At any rate - the film as still been pulled from Birmingham, Walsall,
Wolverhampton and Coventry.

If you are free on Friday night and live in an area where the film is
playing, I really encourage you to check it out.

Set in a 24 hour period of the Jonnson gang and the burger bar boyz, the movie has caused a storm of protest and controversy,espically in and around Birmingham where it is set.It's a movie called "1Day" about a day in the life of black drug gangs in Birmingham, UK.

My Gran points out that is the email address of the Head of the police's PR in Birmingham.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Win a tour across Europe with your film

21-25 April 2010 | The Bluecoat | Liverpool

moves is back with a new and exciting programme including a PRIZE to
tour Europe (see below), old favourites, new strands and as always the
best selection of short films exploring movement on screen… For news
and updates, log on to our website.moves is the largest exhibition platform in the UK for experimental short film and new media with a unique focus on movement on screen,
exploring new ways of telling stories through films, screen-based installations and discussion.

moves08 questioned the relations between movement and sound on screen,
moves09 looked at stories beyond movement. moves10 will explore the
notion of framing movement through screenings, installations, live
events, forums…



PRIZE: This year you can win a tour across Europe to present your work
with the Alternative Routes Award!

moves is now inviting artists to submit their work for the 2010
festival; deadline is Sunday 13th December 2009.

Under the theme “Framing Motion”, moves welcome short films,
screen-based installations and papers completed after December 2008.
The submission form and guidelines to apply are available here

Experience, create, debate and tour your work to celebrate with us 6
years of moves!

For any questions please contact us at

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Undercurrents wins £5000 grant thanks to your votes

Your Votes helped Undercurrents win a grant in the Digital Hero awards.
In November 2009, Helen from Undercurrents was voted the Digital Hero of Wales.
Now the judging panel will pick one overall winner for the grand prize of £10,000!
Thanks to all who voted!
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Looking for Eric= Ken Loach movie

Excellent film from Ken Loach.
The awkward squad Ken Loach and ex-footballer Eric Cantona looked like a mismatch but this film is superb and well worth seeing.

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Top Drugs advisor sacked for telling the truth

The UK's chief drugs adviser has been sacked by home secretary Alan Johnson after criticising government policies on drugs.Professor David Nutt, head of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, criticised the decision to reclassify cannabis to Class B from C.

He accused ministers of devaluing and distorting evidence and said drugs classification was being politicised. We need people like him to stand up and actually state what many of us know- the war on drugs is not working and alcohol is much more dangerous than Ecstasy and Cannabis.

The decision follows the publication of a paper by the Centre for Crime and Justice at King's College London, based on a lecture Nutt delivered in July. He repeated his familiar view that illicit drugs should be classified according to the actual evidence of the harm they cause and pointed out that alcohol and tobacco caused more harm than LSD, ecstasy and cannabis.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Funding your film

Cinereach are a really great NYC-based grant-giving organisation and they
accept international submissions. Definitely worth checking out!

Focus is on films that:
Provide insight and spark dialogue
Challenge prejudice and advance human rights
Discover humanity and hope
Foster global community

Cinereach's ethos favors good storytelling over didacticism and complexity
over duality. It supports films that demonstrate creativity, visual
artistry and take a character-based approach.

Grants range from $5,000 $50,000 and are awarded to films at any stage,
including development, production, post-production, audience building and
distribution. There are two letter of inquiry deadlines per year (Summer
and Winter), after which a selection of applicants are invited to submit
full proposals. The Cinereach grants committee meets twice a year to review
the proposals. Each cycle, between five and 15 projects are selected to
receive support.

Independent of our two yearly grant cycles, the Cinereach Award is a
$5,000 prize presented annually to one completed film that exemplifies the
Cinereach mission. Traditionally the winners have been selected in
connection with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival via an internal
nomination process.