Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rev. Billy comes to UK

Reverend Billy and The Church of Life after Shopping Come to the UK. www.revbilly.com

A Time Comes: The story of the Kingsnorth Six

A Time Comes: The story of the Kingsnorth Six
Acclaimed film-maker Nick Broomfield's documentary about the 'Kingsnorth Six', the environmental activists who scaled a tower at a coal-fired power station in protest against pollution in 2007. The resulting court case drew support for them from leading scientists, and their subsequent acquittal proved historic and changed government policy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2009/may/31/nick-broomfield-kingsnorth

Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Time Comes - trailer

A Nick Broomfield film looks interesting

Eco Village to be set up in London June 6th

In May 1996, 500 The Land is Ours activists occupied 13 acres of derelict land on the banks of the River Thames in Wandsworth, highlighting the misuse of urban land, the lack of provision of affordable housing and the deterioration of the urban environment. That action grew into far more than just a simple land rights action. A community grew up on the site called Pure Genius!! over the 5½ months that the occupation lasted for.....
Brief video of Wandsworth Eco-Village: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ebAjw_rKhM

Then and now:
In the first three months of 2009, nearly 13,000 Britons lost their home to repossessions. Now, perhaps more than ever, the ideas of peaceful land reclamation and eco-villages are becoming recognized as the solution to problems such as overcrowding in cities and the destruction of the land due to harmful agricultural practices.

Action:
In the spirit of Pure Genius, On June 6th 2009, hundreds of activists will converge on a piece of derelict land close by to Hammersmith in south west London to create an eco-village community based entirely on sustainable technology and construction techniques. Come and be a part of this eco-village community.

Inspired:
This eco-village occupation is inspired by campaigns like The Land is Ours which campaigns peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the decision-making processes affecting them, for everyone, irrespective of race, gender or age. for more information, please visit:
www.tlio.org.uk

Meet-up:
The exact location of the site will be revealed on the day. The meet up point is at Waterloo Station (under the clock in the middle of the station) at 10AM on Saturday 6th June. Please try to be on time as we don't want to be hanging around all morning.

If you would like to speak to someone regarding the campaign or the occupation, please contact Carolyn on: 01727 812369 or Gareth on: 07515 166011 or email: diggers360@yahoo.co.uk

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Rugby which ignored the Anti apartheid protests

My friend Justyn Jones has produced his latest documentary ' The Invincibles' - tells the amazing story of the 1974 Lions tour to South Africa which ignored the anti apartheid and UK Government protests to play in the most controversial, violent and
successful series ever in rugby history.

2 x 1 hour on tonight on Sky
Sports 2 at 10 pm and tomorrow night at 9 pm

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Police spies lose in court


Today a ruling by the court of appeal found the police had broken the law when they undertook a "routine surveillance" operation against Campaign Against Arms Trade..read more

And just in case you thought that the Police weren't over the top enough..check this out-
An innocent motorist was arrested, fingerprinted and held in a police cell for three hours because his MOT certificate was the "wrong" shade of green...read more

YouTube man fined over cannabis


A Somerset man has been fined £200 after posting a video on the YouTube website of cannabis he was growing.

Police in Bridgwater who were tipped off about the video said they were "amazed" that 25-year-old Shane Burfield had used his name on the site. If you are gonna grow grass, wait until you harvest before posting your videos of you crop online
Read more
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7922737.stm

Will you pay to watch BBC i-player?


The BBC iPlayer is currently a free service to all those living in the UK. However, that could be about to change, with the BBC considering a range of options to cover the cost of the service, currently not a part of the TV license fee. So, would you pay to use the BBC iPlayer? read more

Undercurrents wins film festival

Competition winner’s film to be screened live in Republic Westfield London

‘State Your Independence’ competition Winner announced!

Republic are pleased to announce the winner of their unique ‘State Your Independence’ film competition. The competition, which invited budding film directors to upload their own unique interpretation of ‘state your independence’ onto You Tube, was the result of a short film, commissioned by Republic and directed by renowned fashion photographer and film director Willem Jaspert.

Entries were uploaded to YouTube, whittled down to the top 5, and judged by Willem Jaspert to select one 1st prize winner.

Republic are marking the occasion by showing the exclusive winning film, titled ‘Recycle your video tapes’ by Paul O’Connor of Undercurrents, as well as the 2 runners up, ‘Be Free’ by Luke Armstrong and ‘State your Independence Time’ by Leeds Broadcasting Students Eleanor Bucher, Claire Hickey and Rebecca Carter, in Republics new Westfield London store on 23rd May. The store, designed in Republic’s ‘utilitarian meets kitsch’ inimitable style, will screen all three films throughout the day.

For further press information, samples and imagery please contact Jenay Goultekin at Yellowdoor
0207 580 0707

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Money for groups

“Under funded and under represented” community groups are set for a
£10.2 million funding boost.

Through their new Strategic Funding Programme, the Equality and Human
Rights Commission (EHRC) is making three-year grants worth £450,000
available to voluntary and community organisations across England,
Scotland and Wales.

The fund is aiming to support groups that deliver much-needed services
in their local communities, especially those that try to promote
community cohesion and tackle prejudice.

Funding will be allocated towards two priority areas:

* Providing guidance, advice and advocacy services in key areas
such as: health; education; social care; employment; and business
advice.
* Promoting good relations, cooperation and increased
understanding amongst diverse communities.

A third priority area – support for legal advice and awareness of
legal rights – will be funded through a stand-alone programme expected
to launch in June.

The fund is open to applications from charities, not-for-profit
groups, community interest organisations, and other third sector
bodies, providing they have an unrestricted income of less than £6.5
million.

Applications are made via a two-stage process. Interested groups
should initially submit an outline proposal before the 12 June
deadline. Shortlisted bidders will then have until mid-September to
work on more in-depth applications.

Launching the new fund, Sir Trevor Phillips, chair of the EHRC, said
it was vital to support “under funded and under appreciated” grass
roots organisations.

He explained:

“In tough economic times, people who are on the sharp end of
discrimination and inequality are more in need of support than ever.

“Community organisations that give people skills, support and access
to opportunity play a vital role in keeping communities together,
building the strong, prosperous and inclusive Britain we want to see.”

For further information about the Strategic Funding Programme, visit
the EHRC website:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/aboutus/grants/pages/grantsandfunding.aspx

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Monday, May 18, 2009

G20 Climate Camp film



Emily James made the film above about the climate camp protests during the G20.



Making a £ sign in an MPs garden




Alan Duncan, the Conservative MP who is supposed to oversee the party's policy on expenses, claimed £127,658 under the second home allowance and almost £4000 on gardening expenses. Alan made his millions in the oil industry before he became an MP working for the decidedly unethical Vitol, a company that dealt with apartheid South Africa, did business with Serbian war criminals and was mixed up in the oil-for-food scandal. Up until a few weeks ago Alan also held a position at Arawak Energy an exploration company owned by Vitol where he earned £35,000 for 20 days work a year. Plus I'm sure he earns a fair bit for poncing about on Have I Got News For You. So the fellow's not short of a bob or two. Fearing that Alan might spend more of our hard earned money, we went down to his home in Rutland and Melton to offer him a free hand with the gardening and to give him a fetching new pound sign garden feature. While there we made some disturbing discoveries.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pacman


"If Pacman had affected us as kids we'd be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music."

Ah! Bloody Pacman.

If only I weren't so damn proud of that gag I would drop it from my set. It is no end of trouble, so many people have had it sent as a text or an e-mail that I can watch as the crowd splits into those who are laughing their asses off and those who are looking at me thinking - cheeky bastard he's had that off the internet. I suppose that because it is part (and has been for years) of a much larger routine about games, children, behaviour, parenting, negative influences, violence etc etc, it would be easier to drop from my set.

It is my joke. I wrote it, then I took the rest of the day off as I was so chuffed with it. I am gutted that it has been claimed and passed around by so many people. Intellectual property law will not save me, the false claims will continue until I am man enough to give it all up. All I can say is - it seems that it is very unlikely that it was written by a Nintendo employee in 1989, being as Pac Man was still around and not much of a childhood memory, there were very few claims that gaming influenced childrens behaviour, and that the wording of it is identical to how it has been deliverd in my stand up routine for 6 years! For those that are interested it has also been atributed to Bill Gates, but then so has Windows! Bitter? Well perhaps just a little. It was sent to me by someone at Channel 4 a few years back after I did it on Channel 4 in a late night stand up show!

Hope that clears everything up.

Marcus

HEART OF THE FACTORY

HEART OF THE FACTORY
a film by Virna Molina and Ernesto Ardito

Original Title: Corazón de Fábrica / English Title: Heart of the
Factory / Category: Documentary

SYNOPSIS:

"We didn't work for a living, we lived to work," sighs a woman in
reference to her employment history. Luckily things are different now.
The employees of Zanon, a tile factory in the northwest of Argentina,
have been in control ever since the director declared the company
bankrupt in 2001. For the time being, things are going well for the
new Zanon; there's even been some new job creation. The key idea is
the word compañero, which stands for collegiality, solidarity and a
fair distribution of work and income.

In the midst of the production process and in measured tone, the
compañeros discuss the direction of the company their company. It's
no easy task keeping things on track in a political and economic
climate that isn't crazy about the workers' control. With support from
the local population, the employees have managed to withstand various
attempts at eviction. Nevertheless, the biggest threat would appear to
come from within: the self-determination they have obtained has
increased their personal responsibility. But that demands a persistent
and productive fundamental attitude. The age-old tradition of
heavy-handed repression and shameless corruption that Argentina is
famous for can't be wiped away in just a few years. But the fire of
change is burning strong enough, just as the factory ovens have never
stopped burning.
You can find all the information about the film and its purchase at
http://www.cdfdoc.com.ar

Double your money to stop the arms trade

Forget about the lottery or share speculation. Join a scheme that's a
guaranteed winner and take out a standing order to CAAT. The Joseph
Rowntree Reform Trust has kindly agreed to match all standing order
donations to CAAT signed up before September 2009, up to a total of
£10,000.

This is a wonderful way to give money to CAAT - safe for us, safe for
you and a real contribution to a safer world.

More information on our fundraising pages
http://www.caat.org.uk/emailbulletin/0905/fundraising.php

Charity wants your old PC monitor!


Do you have a computer monitors you could donate to Computer Aid International?
They are currently extremely low on donations of monitors, so should you have
any to donate they will be greatly appreciated. We need and will reuse both
CRT (15" and 17") and TFT monitors manufactured after the year 2002.

Anja ffrench
Director of Marketing and Communications
Computer Aid International

Tel: +44 (0) 208 361 5540
Fax: +44 (0) 208 361 7051
Email: anja@computeraid.org
Website: www.computeraid.org
Registered Charity no. 1069256

10 Brunswick Industrial Park
Brunswick Way, London, N11 1JL

Police Brutality - Community Sanctuary

After a day of police brutality at the G20 protests in London, April 2009, a squatted island in the Thames offers a safe sanctuary.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shadowy Bilderberg group meeting this week

The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an "off the record" meeting of around 130 transatlantic political and military leaders, business and banking executives, royalty and other power elites. It has been meeting annually since 1954. Despite its influence on postwar history, which arguably eclipses that of the G8 conference, it does not not have a web site and nor does it publicly release records of its meetings.

This year's meeting is stated to be in Greece from 14 May 2009-16 May 2009.

For background on the group's activities, see here

Propeller tv's search for the funniest short film

Your chance to win fab prizes, as part of propeller tv's search for the
funniest short film. Following the huge success of propeller tv's first
ever short film festival, 'ShortFest', we are now launching a brand new
competition to find the funniest short film in the UK.

To get involved all you've got to do is send in your short (no longer than
10 mins) to Comedyfest, propeller tv, C/O Screen Yorkshire, Leeds, LS2 7EY,
UK before 30th June, 2009, along with a propeller tv submission form which
you can download from;

http://www.propellertv.co.uk/Contributetofilmfirst.aspx.


All entries to 'Comedyfest' will be broadcast on propeller tv (subject to
terms and conditions).

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SALFORD FILM FESTIVAL 2009

Salford Film Festival is seeking short films and features for the Sixth
Salford Film Festival, scheduled for the third week of November 2009, final
dates to be confirmed. The Festival prides itself on having a local accent
but a truly international perspective: We are particularly keen to receive
work with a strong Salford connection (and failing that a Greater
Manchester or North West focus), but we welcome submissions from all over
the world.

Submissions should be sent on DVD to Steve Balshaw, Salford Film Festival,
The International Media Centre, Adelphi House, Salford Crescent, Salford,
M3 6EN. Further information and submission form available from
info@salfordfilmfestival.org.uk, or from our website
www.salfordfilmfestival.org.uk. Filmmakers should include contact phone
number, email, postal address, film synopsis, length, and technical
specifications (screening ratio, format, etc). There is no submission fee.
Deadline for submissions is the end of August.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Radio4 program about Police and Protest

In the wake of controversy over police tactics at the G20 demonstrations, Simon Cox investigates how far the right to protest is being eroded in Britain.

Broadcast on: BBC Radio 4, 8:00pm Thursday 7th May 2009

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00k4g57/The_Report_07_05_2009/

The CCTV camera that walks up a lamp-post



The Met Police have bought 7 Sherpa remotely operated surveillance cameras. The cameras are unusual not only because they can beam their signal back to the Met’s cctv base by radio wave. But also because the £25,000 cameras can be deployed at short notice by two personnel, who attach the camera to the bottom of a lamppost which it then remotely climbs. The cameras have their own power supply, which gives them an operating time of 48 hours.

The Met is required to apply to local authorities for permission to operate these gadgets. The Met say no microphone is included in the machine. The Met’s press office comments …

“Within the context of public order policing the MPS uses these cameras to provide additional CCTV coverage for public events, where there are gaps within static CCTV coverage to allow command teams running the policing of events to monitor crowd safety and dynamics”.

The camera photographed by Mike Wells
was on a lamppost in Clerkenwell Green on Mayday (1st May 2009). The person noticed it and photographed it, then an hour or so later found it had been removed.

The machines are made by Norton Integrated Systems Ltd.Link to the manufactures website: http://www.nortonsystems.co.uk/sherpa/

A cheeky person suggested that when the camera is up, stick a big fat cable tie around the post as high as possible, stopping its descent, cops aren't allowed more than 6ft from the ground on their insurance.

Green festivals: Tipi circles and other eco-friendly havens

The Big Tent festival

Now into its fourth year, Scotland's biggest eco festival was launched as part of the grassroots protests aimed at the G8 summit held at Gleneagles in the summer of 2005. Its central theme is "stewardship", which its organisers say boils down to "co-operation, mutuality, solidarity and ecological long-term thinking". They add that it is a "home for activists and thinkers, free spirits and debaters, ecologists and eco-builders, musicians and artists, traditional skills practitioners and learners".

Naturally, there's plenty of focus on climate change and "new stuff" for this year includes the Climate Challenge Ceilidh, a Climate Champion's Zone, and a series of Earth Action talks being held in conjunction with WWF Scotland. If all that sounds a little heavy, there will be bands, too, including Shooglenifty, Attic Lights and the Chipolatas.

• 25-26 July, Falkland estate, Fife; £40 (adult weekend camping ticket), bigtentfestival.co.uk

The Big Green Gathering

This is the granddaddy of the green festival movement, having evolved out of the original Green Gatherings in the 1980s and Glastonbury's legendary Green Fields. Deep greens are catered for with a mind-bending range of options including an area dedicated to the "horsedrawn 21st century" and a "sweat lodge" in the Tipi Circle. Now attracting 15,000-20,000 people a year, the festival - which returns after lying fallow in 2008 - also boasts its fair share of musical acts performing on stages powered by renewable energy. Acts confirmed so far include the "psychedelic sax man" Nik Turner, 3 Daft Monkeys and, perhaps most fitting of all, the "solar-powered, interactive experience" that is Rinky Dinks Mobile Cycle Powered Soundsystem.

• 29 July-2 August, Cheddar, Somerset; £125 adult five-day camping pass; £50 children aged 10-17, big-green-gathering.com

Croissant Neuf

At this festival's heart is its big top, which claims to be "Europe's biggest solar-powered venue". The Croissant Neuf circus has been touring festival sites since the 1980s (the name refers to an East Anglian skiffle band whose members later went on to form the circus) but in 2007 secured its own permanent site for this now annual festival deep in the Welsh countryside. Its organisers - who limit attendance to 2,000 people to keep that "warm family feel" - say that "literally all" of the electricity on site is generated by solar panels and wind generators. "We're the only festival in the UK to achieve this," they add. If it's organic beer you're after, then you'll need onsite pub the Stagger Inn (glass is banned from the site as "for nine months of the year it is home to lots of sheep and cattle").

• 14-16 August, Usk, Monmouthshire; £80 (children £25), partyneuf.co.uk

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Glastonbury Festival 2009


It is getting to be that time of the year again..Glastonbury Festival 2009 will be held from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2009 and we will showing our latest films in the Groovy Movie Solar Picture House.

Tickets for Glastonbury 2009 have now sold out but no fence should stand in the way of a dedicated person!

Click for Music lineup

Who wants to be a millllllionaireeee?

Viewers of Channel 4’s hit show The Secret Millionaire will now be
able to play a part in helping local community groups secure
much-needed funding through the Big Lottery Fund’s new Secret
Millionaire Fund.

Big Lottery Fund and The Secret Millionaire have teamed up to give
viewers of the programme a chance to act on the charitable inspiration
fuelled by the show. Lottery funding worth £1 million has been lined
up to give away in grants across the UK of up to £10,000 from the
Fund.

People can visit http://www.channel4.com/secretmillionaire to find out
if their community group is eligible to apply, or they can even
nominate a local good cause who could benefit from the funding. Groups
can then download a straightforward application form and apply to
BIG’s Secret Millionaire Fund.

Successful applicants may then be selected for filming by Channel 4
and appear on the website or TV programme. Visitors to the website can
also showcase their favourite local cause on an interactive map of the
UK and get involved by donating time or money.

The Secret Millionaire Fund will support projects that give people
better chances in life, build stronger communities, improve rural and
urban environments or promote healthier and more active people and
communities.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Were you at Climate Camp, Kingsnorth and want to be on BBC?

Were you at Climate Camp in Kingsnorth this year? We may have filmed you or perhaps you can help us find some People for a TV investigation?

BBC Panorama are making a film about policing at Climate Camp events. The Camp organisers believe it could help their long-term strategy of challenging the way the police have been treating legal protests.

Panorama intend to use our footage of stop and search, arrest, hassel and attacks-especially all the silly things the police confiscated, and want to use it on TV.

But . . . they can't use any footage without a signed consent form (sigh).
So, please can you all get in touch with all your friends, get them to look at the photos on the site if one of them recognises themself, email legal@climatecamp.org.uk

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Indie Screenings' film distribution model launches

PRESS RELEASE:
Revolutionary 'Indie Screenings' film distribution model launches with climate blockbuster 'The Age of Stupid'

Spanner Films announces the launch of a pioneering film distribution
model, "Indie Screenings", which allows anyone to buy a license to
screen selected independent films whenever and wherever they like -
and, crucially, to charge for tickets and keep the profits. The new
software, which was developed by Torchbox, calculates a bespoke
license fee, depending on various factors including who/where/when
the user intends to screen. For example, a local campaign group will
pay about £60 to screen in their church hall, whereas a multinational
oil company screening to 5,000 staff would pay around £10,000.
Speakers can also be booked through the system. Indie Screenings
launches with Franny Armstrong's climate blockbuster, The Age of
Stupid. Other films will join the roster later in the year.

The website opened on May 1st and an impressive 48 UK screenings have
already been booked, totalling £5,234.85. Many of these bookings came
through local sections of The Age of Stupid's supporter groups,
including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF and Stop Climate
Chaos (the climate coalition representing 11 million people). Outside
the UK, more than 700 screening requests have already been received
for The Age of Stupid, from Tuvalu to Tennessee and from Antarctica
to Alaska. Global Indie Screenings will launch later in the year.

Hold Your Own screening.www.indiescreenings.net

Monday, May 04, 2009

Ode To Joy

It's all about Me!

visionOntv's "Long Live the Media" weekend

Participants from visionOntv's "The Media is Dead, Long Live the Media!" gathering say why they are there. http://visionon.tv

Will the internet destroy the planet?


YouTube — now the world's third-biggest website, but one that requires a heavy subsidy from Google, its owner. Although the site's financial details are kept under wraps, a recent analysis by Credit Suisse suggested that it could lose as much as $470m (£317m) this year, as it succumbs to the high price of delivering power-intensive videos over the internet.

And while the demand for electricity is a primary concern, a secondary result of the explosion of internet use is that the computer industry's carbon debt is increasing drastically. From having a relatively small impact just a few years ago, it is now leapfrogging other sectors like the airline industry that are more widely known for their negative environmental impact...read more

Friday, May 01, 2009

Police forced to pay Protesters £85,000

Since Police attacked and most likely caused the the death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson,two officers were suspended following the G20 protests.An officer was filmed hitting Mr Tomlinson with his baton and pushing him to the ground.

Additionally, one Met officer has resigned over comments he made about the protests on the internet.Another officer, who allegedly wrote on a social networking website that he was keen to "bash some long haired hippies" at the protests, has also been disciplined.

Now in an ongoing show of how out of control the Police are- Scotland Yard has agreed today to pay five protesters £85,000 in damages for assault and false imprisonment...read on

Police halt alternative media gathering


Police turned up at 4am this morning and evicted everyone from our alternative media gathering. Hosted by visionontv and undercurrents, the cops are evicting the squatted islanders on the Thames. An Undercurrents reporter is on the roof filming the evictions.

Police stormed Ravens Ait island arriving in black zodiac inflatables.They were wearing helmets, balaclavas, and flakjackets, and carried sidearms. Overhead a low flying helicopter used thermal imaging to locate the approximately 20 residents who were sleeping at the time. The commandos kicked down doors and took people outside and off the island. The entrance to the tunnel and treehouse were guarded and nobody was in them at the time.Most people left, but a few resisted eviction and were arrested.
By 7.30am all residents were off the island, but lots of their posessions are still on the island and at least 50 more regular Kingston police have since arrived and are currently on the island.

The former residents and their supporters are currently on the Surbiton riverbank in good spirits enjoying the sunshine, and request more supporters to join them to show local and national news crews how much support they have for their eco community centre plans.

www.ravensait.org.uk