Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rationing In Britain

This is a brilliant insight into rationing

Saturday, January 30, 2010


After guns and the Iraq war, Michael Moore is now taking on an entire political and economic system in his latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story.

Capitalism: A Love Story is released on 26 February

Climate Camp- Dispatches

From the Channel 4 programme "Dispatches" on 19th October 2009- our video letter to the Met police was used in this programme

Climate protesters win historic High Court victory

Activists win against unlawful police stop and search operation in Kingsnorth, Kent -the largest and most expensive such operation in UK history involving 26 police forces.Undercurrents filmed and ran a TV studio during the climate camp.This is one of the reports we did in conjunction with

It was the largest and most expensive policing operation ever used against a single protest (costing £5.3m including substantial funding from the Home Office) involved 26 police forces for 2 weeks. For 7 days in August 2008 those forces, led by Kent Police, carried out a continuous, systematic and unlawful mass stop and search regime against the public.

I have just watched my footage broadcast on Meridian tonight (Misuse of powers 5.19PM on Fri Jan 29 2010).While I appreciate the reporting of the important issue,I have 2 complaints which i have sent ITV reporter Sarah Saunders

1. As i clearly stated in my recent email to them, I filmed those images of Dave Morris and the protesters being searched. I am an accredited NUJ journalist so why was my footage labeled 'Protesters video'?
2. No fee was agreed nor even discussed with me for use of our images
I await their reply

See Channel 4 report

If you were searched under section 1 PACE between 30th July 2008 and 7th August at 9.30 AM, you may have a valid legal claim too. Click here for info

For more information about the growing climate camp movement:

Friday, January 29, 2010

Homeopathy protesters to take 'mass overdose' outside Boots

Sceptics to swallow whole bottles of pills outside Boots stores to try to show remedies are ineffective.Hundreds of sceptics will stage a "mass overdose" outside Boots stores around Britain tomorrow to protest against the chain's continuing sale of homeopathic remedies and to argue that such treatments have no scientific basis...more

Online gets out of line was has been accused of operating the worst of old economy working practices at a giant warehouse dispatching books, music, DVDs and other goods bought over the internet across Britain.

Tony Blair and the Iraq war

The only question that counts is the one that the Chilcot inquiry won't address: was the war with Iraq illegal? If the answer is yes, everything changes. The war is no longer a political matter, but a criminal one, and those who commissioned it should be committed for trial for what the Nuremberg tribunal called "the supreme international crime": the crime of more

Want to go to Glastonbury 2010?

In this our 21st birthday year of Green Futures festivals, we would like to present the cream of the crop, especially as it is Glastonbury Festival's 40th year too. So if this is of interest to you or your organisation please have a look at our Glastonbury page where you can download some helpful documentation.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Four Lions- new Chris Morris Terrorist comedy movie

G20 Activists: Fake Cop Charges Dropped

Roddy Mansfield from Sky News reports
The Crown Prosection Service has dropped charges against 11 protesters accused of impersonating police.
read more

A vision of 2010 from 1972

2010: Living In the Future | the book
A children's book called "2010: Living in the Future" by Geoffrey Hoyle. Written in 1972.

With few people traveling to work there are no morning or evening rush hours—no streets crowded with cars, buses, and people. Gone are the oily smells and fumes of traffic. When people travel, they go by electric car, bus, or train.
In 2010 people can live and breathe in clean, fresh surroundings, but it was not always like this.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How the Internet is changing all aspects of our lives

Over the last 20 years, the internet became a revolution - perhaps the first truly global revolution.No-one planned it, and no-one can accurately predict its future.
SuperPower is a season of programmes across online, radio and television, investigating how the internet affects lives and has become the catalyst for a fundamental change in societies around the world.

During this season the BBC will look at how the Internet is changing all aspects of our lives. Season highlights include:

* What it means to be connected and unconnected in the digital world
* How it is shrinking the world and allowing us to experience each others lives in new ways
* How it has changed cultural attitudes to marriage, dating and disability
* Our MyWorld competition, where you can submit your two-minute film for our competition.

And we ask who is really shaping the web? Is it us - or the individuals and companies who have mastered the web?

Watch the Birdie

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend 30-31st January

The Big Garden Birdwatch has never been more important than it is today, with the results from half a million of you (that's 280,00 gardens surveyed, which is rather a lot!) helping us create a 'snapshot' picture of bird numbers in each region, showing us that some of our birds are disappearing in scary numbers.

We've lost more than half our house sparrows, and three-quarters of our starlings, and your results have certainly helped highlight these dramatic declines.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ministry of Justice lists eco-activists alongside terrorists

Government officials have labelled environmental campaigners extremists and listed them alongside dissident Irish republican groups and terrorists inspired by al-Qaida in internal documents seen by the Guardian.

The guidance on extremism, produced by the Ministry of Justice, says: "The United Kingdom like many other countries faces a continuing threat from extremists who believe they can advance their aims by committing acts of terrorism."
It was sent to probation staff who were writing court reports or supervising a range of activists, including environmental protesters...more


The final round of Mix Mediabox is now open for submissions. The
deadline for stage 1 submissions is 9th March.
Mix Mediabox is for projects which provide increased opportunity to
bring together participants through media activity, who may not
usually get the chance to positively interact or where there are
existing community cohesion issues. More information at:

Also, a date for your calendar: the final round of Mid Mediabox will
open on 26 February with a deadline for stage 1 submissions of 8
Both funds allow you to apply for up to £20k and no match funding is
required (though it may be an advantage to have it).

Funding for groups

The Abbey Charitable Trust has now changed its name to the Santander
Foundation and has announced some changes on it’s new website.

The Santander Foundation will support disadvantaged people through the
following priorities:

* Education and training - This does not have to be formal training or
lead to a qualification (although these activities are eligible too)
but could be part of lifelong learning; any activity disadvantaged
people undertake to improve their confidence in a skill or their
understanding of a subject.

Examples of possible activities include independent living skills,
anger management, improving self-esteem, reminiscence projects for
older people, art and craft sessions or IT classes.

* Financial capability - This priority includes giving advice and
helping disadvantaged people to take control of their money. It could
include budgeting skills as well as managing the financial challenges
that arise from being a carer, unemployment, break up of
relationships, disability or ill-health.

Examples of possible activities include costs of running a credit
union, projects delivering financial advice and helping people to
understand their benefit entitlement - any project helping people to
make informed choices about their finances might meet this priority.

Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded anywhere in the UK. However
there are certain areas where Santander has a significant presence and
Community Partnership Groups have been established and higher grants
can be made. There are nine such areas across the UK in which grants
of up to £30,000 are available.

The Foundation is also now able to support revenue or capital items,
such as salaries and project costs or equipment.

There are no deadlines or application form, however there is now a
cover sheet that you can use as a checklist to make sure that you
covered all the information required in your letter of application

For more information visit the Santander Foundation website here:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Himalayan film Festival in London

Jan 28- Feb12
UK's first Himalayan Festival in London, which has an amazing program, and organised
by a really amazing and special group of volunteers. please come and support the festival and enjoy their events.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Little life line of mine

Theo's song for the Media Barons - Fair shares for all. - sign the petition to oppose Lord Mandelson's draconian Digital Economy Bill.

If you like this song/poem please vote for it and help the songwriter win £3000
Little life line of mine

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The Dubliners-Rocky Road to Dublin

When does he get to breathe in this song? One of my favourites from me old city

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Why do conspiracy nut write in CAPITALS?

Why is it that people who are into conspiracy theories tend to write with so many capitals and colours?
When the latest conspiracy nut emailed me to tell me that climate change is all a lie and a plot by the global elite to control us, i had to ask him (manuelak on Youtube) why all the capitals?

He replied (at nauseum so here are selected highlights)
'A computer world WITHOUT CAPS and COLORS would be so STALE, so UNASSUMING, Grey, flat, dead, British'

So there you go..I asked what decent writer ever used capitals to make their point? he replied
'I'm not a recognized writer NOR I PRETEND to be one, I'm just a REAL, TRUTHFUL, DEDICATED GLOBAL ACTIVIST who finds it inadmissible that in this day and age of UNLTD. INFORMATION, having the Internet at one's disposal, there's this utter ignorance infiltrated under the guise of CLIMATE CHANGE and we need to put an end to this insanity! And WE ARE, as we speak! You and those whom you represent are being exposed to millions on a daily basis! Do yourself a favor and save some major self and public embarrassment that you ignorantly and proud of attract to your own self by going public with your lack of knowledge and incredible level of unawareness and step aside, allowing those in the know to do the job properly and correctly! You guys will feel ashamed of your own selves very soon, time will prove it!

The computers are purposely programmed with CAPS and COLORS, for the purpose of being USED. WHY ELSE?:-)'

So the lesson i learned here is that if you find yourself dismissing climate change as a fantasy, check that that you aren't writing in CAPITALs!

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

Veg seed swapping in Wales

Our popular seed swapping event, 'Seedy Sunday' happens every spring in Machynlleth, Mid Wales.
Next event : Seedy Sunday 2010 - 28th Feb at Y Plas, 10.30am - 4pm
This is a great day for growers and savers to get together and celebrate the sowing season. Don't forget to bring along your spare seeds to swap, and the rest of the family!

Is there a family favourite vegetable that has been grown and saved for many years? Do you know of a variety with links to a local village, town or region? Have you accidentally or intentionally bred a new variety of vegetable? Or do you save seeds from a variety you can no longer buy?

We are especially interested in tomatoes resistant to blight, rocket that is slow to bolt and strong growing winter salads.

Dyfi Valley Seedsavers, based in Machynlleth, are searching for vegetable varieties that have been grown from their own saved seed in Wales. We aim to bring together a collection of Welsh vegetable varieties which are potentially adapted to our growing conditions, to trial them in Powys, record their characteristics and history, and make seeds available to more growers to preserve precious diversity and heritage.

If you think you have something we might be interested in, we would love to hear from you.Please get in touch with us with any information about the vegetables(s) history, growing, taste and appearance characteristics, or contact us for more information.
Claire Rhydwen

David Cameron poster

Photographers protest against Terror laws

Professional and amateur photographers have gathered in London's Trafalgar Square to protest against terror stop and searches.The photographers say police are intimidating people with cameras in tactics to target possible terrorists...more

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
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 and
things are getting busier; ideas are flowing, editing is beginning, finance
applications look promising and help is needed!
We are looking for an assistant editor to help our story editor deal with
the influx of footage. Tasks will include logging and capturing footage,
file management and logistics and basic sequence editing. 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 and you will be based from an office space in London, exact
location to be confirmed soon. Ideally you will have your own computer
suitable for editing with final cut pro.

We are furiously putting in funding applications, including one quick turn
around one which we hope will cover immediate short term costs such as
travel for volunteers and rent of a studio/office. We will do our best to
cover what we can to make working on the project viable for volunteers, but
at this stage we can't promise this. We can promise however, the
opportunity to be involved in a truly unique project!

Friday, January 22, 2010

What is wrong with using Amazon?

What is wrong with using Amazon?
In 2001 the Guardian first reported on the poor working conditions in Amazon's
warehouses, and nothing much has changed since. In December 2008, a Sunday Times
reporter went undercover to their Marston Gate warehouse near Milton Keynes and
discovered that staff were required to work seven days a week and were punished for
taking sick leave, even if they had a note from their doctor. According to Unite the
Union, Amazon continues to see trade union representation as illegitimate.

But it’s not just Amazon workers who suffer at the hands of the multi-national
corporation. Publishers are also squeezed for every penny, as Amazon forces them to
supply them at rates so low that it leaves authors and publishers out of pocket –
particularly damaging smaller publishing houses. Amazon’s dominance of the market
means that publishers have little choice but to comply with their demands. Aside
from the ethical considerations, this affects readers in reduced output from small
presses, and diminished availability of radical titles.

Providing an ethical alternative
And so into this arena steps Housmans Bookshop. Housmans, in conjunction with
Gardners Books, has just launched its own online bookshop to rival Amazon. Although
still prioritising their stock of radical interest and progressive politics, the
site is also able to provide around half a million general titles.

“Many of our most politically conscious colleagues use Amazon, and when asked why,
it’s because they know of no alternative. But now, wherever they live, people will
be able to support independent and progressive bookselling from the comfort of their
own home. I think it’s essential that we are able to provide an alternative to help
dent Amazon’s monopoly,” explains co-manager Nik Gorecki. “It’s up to sympathetic
book buyers to do the right thing, and buy their books elsewhere.”

“This year Housmans celebrates fifty years of trading from our Caledonian Road
address, but in order for us to be here another fifty years we have to stand up for
ourselves, and trust in ethically-minded book-buyers to support independents. The
staff at Housmans has fought many battles over the years for causes we believe in,
and this is one battle we can’t afford to lose. Please support the shop that
supports your campaigns!”

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King's Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Portable camera crane - Full HD recording - Polecam 2010

This is what we need i think to really up the quality on our videos
-a portable camera crane system called Polecam.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tactical Media for social change activism

A must-see documentary explores how campaigners are successfully using new technologies and tactics to change the status quo.Tactical Tech is an international NGO working at the point where advocacy meets technology. We use our technical expertise to increase the impact of campaigns in social justice and human rights.

Tactical Tech believes that new technologies have significant potential to enhance the work of campaigners and advocates, giving them the tools to gather and analyse information and the means to turn that information into action.

To help make this possible, Tactical Tech has, over the past four years, trained nearly 1,000 advocates and technologists in developing and transition countries in the use of technology for social change, provided consultancy and mentoring to over ten NGO movements and networks and created a suite of toolkits and guides specifically for use by advocates.

Turning human waste into plant food

It's a sobering fact that a full 40 percent of the world's population—some 2.6 billion people—lack regular access to a toilet. Add to that the fact that one child dies every 15 seconds from water contamination, and it's not hard to see the motivation behind the Peepoo bag.

One of the UN Millennium Development Goals, set in 2000, is to halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to drinking water and sanitation, but so far progress has been minimal. With that in mind, Swedish Peepoople created the Peepoo bag to serve as a personal, portable and low-cost latrine for all the many people who don't have one. Designed for use sitting, squatting or standing, the single-use, biodegradable plastic bag measures 14 by 38 cm and is lined with a urea-coated gauze layer that disinfects all waste. Used bags are odour-free for at least 24 hours and are safe for burial underground. Within two to four weeks after use, however, their contents get converted to high-quality fertiliser—something that's also rare in many areas and so could become a source of income and further enrichment for an individual or village. Following field tests last year in Kenya and India, the Peepoo bag is scheduled to begin production this summer.

Along with such efforts as distributing free insect nets to children in malaria-ridden areas and abolishing fees for school uniforms in poor countries, the Peepoo bag qualifies as a quick-win project that could rapidly improve the lives of many people. One to get in on, help out with, or be inspired by!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

No you can't use my film in the Superbowl

I have just turned down a US company who wanted to use one of our films during the superbowl.(below)

To launch their campaign to sell vacations during the Superbowl wanted to use our video to show terrible experiences of staying in Hotels.
I would have to give them permission to use, publish, upload, reproduce and otherwise display my video, in any manner or media, including the Internet, anywhere in the world...oh yes and all this for Zero money, yes that is Zero.
They wrote...

Hi Paul,
The purpose of the HomeAway microsite and the contest associated with it is to encourage users to upload videos showing their worst hotel experiences. The only compensation we can offer you is submission into the contest. We are not in a position to pay individuals for their content.
With Regards,

So i replied to them..

Hello Courtney
The purpose of my company is to produce films which can produce funds to pay our staff. If a company such as HomeAway wishes to use our work to promote their own commercial enterprises, then we would need compensation. That is what we call a fair system.

She replied...

Hi Paul,
Our intention was never to be unfair. We were only looking for content on public websites such as Flickr and YoutTube that showcased customers' difficulties with hotels. The videos were only meant to be filler material for our contest encouraging the submission of user-generated content representing the very same theme.
Thank you for listening to our offer and good luck to your company.
With Regards,
Courtney Dickey | Staff Attorney | HomeAway, Inc.
1011 W. Fifth Street, Ste. 300
Austin, TX 78703

As film makers we have to stand up and make sure we are paid for our work.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chocs away

Cadbury's chocolate company has been bought by Kraft- a pretty much crap food brand corporation. So will some of our favourite treats disappear?

Multinationals are keen on stamping out local names in favour of those recognisable worldwide. Some of Britain's favourites have already been lost to global-speak. Opal Fruits became Starburst, Marathon became Snickers, and Treets became M&Ms.

Rationing In Britain

An American commentator looks at the effects of rationing on the people of England in 1944.
The film presents a 'typical' family of 4 (housewife, engine-driver husband, factory-working daughter, schoolboy son) to illustrate the basic rationing system, the workings of 'point' systems and other restrictions, and the difficulties the average family faced when eating 'on the ration'.

What's Going On

Bemused police stumble upon the Climate Camp set up in Blackheath, Greenwich and politely ask what's going on posted by Imc Discussion on IMC London


The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Students'Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) call on students, lecturers and filmmakers to boycott the 13th International Student Film Festival, scheduled for June 2010 in the city of Tel Aviv. PACBI and PSCABI believe that this festival, as with similar cultural initiatives supported by the Israeli government, is openly designed to whitewash the crimes of Israeli apartheid.

I disagree with this as I attended the Tel Aviv festival a few years ago and it gave me first hand experience of life in Palestine. I also got another activist film maker into the country and he made a great film, the 4th World War which showed life under Israeli rule. Boycotts can be useful but to stop film makers sharing their views of the world on screen is wrong. Israeli students are hammered every day with government propaganda. They feel under threat and are living in fear just as Palestinian people are. If foreign film makers can meet and explain how they see the world, then that can't be a bad thing.

1983: The Brink of Apocalypse

November 8th 1983 is now recognised as one of the most dangerous moments in history, when Soviet fingers hovered prerilously over the nuclear button. Senior figues in the Soviet Union had convinced themselves that they were going to come under attack from the West. This programme tells the story behind the sequence of events that led to this moment.

Brand Obama

Naomi Klein writes that Obama is the biggest corporate brand in USA

When Obama was sworn in as president, the American brand could scarcely have been more battered – Bush was to his country what New Coke was to Coca-Cola, what cyanide in the bottles had been to Tylenol. Yet Obama, in what was perhaps the most successful rebranding campaign of all time, managed to turn things around. Kevin Roberts, global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, set out to depict visually what the new president represented. In a full-page graphic commissioned by the stylish Paper Magazine, he showed the Statue of Liberty with her legs spread, giving birth to Barack Obama. America, reborn.

read more

Monday, January 18, 2010

"Moon" - Official Trailer

I have just seen this movie..superb and home made too

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gun toting America

The editor of the Grayson County News Gazette in Leitchfield, a small town 230 miles west of Prestonsburg, recalls that the day after the Obama election much of the area wore sombre faces. The week he was elected gun sales across the country leapt about 50% compared with the same period the year before.
read more

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cops go sledging on riot shields

"I have spoken to the officers concerned and reminded them in no uncertain terms that tobogganing on duty, on police equipment and at taxpayers' expense is a very bad idea should they wish to progress under my command."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Vote for our video series

The Streamys award online video series so please vote for our Bushcraft & Survival series
Just vote for as best Reality/Documentary video series

Monday, January 11, 2010

Freedom of sp....

I disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Five Muslim men who protested at a home-coming parade in Luton where soldiers were called murderers have been found guilty of making threats.The five men, all from Luton, were convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour likely to cause harassment and distress. BBC report

I find this court case to be insane- soldiers are paid to invade and some do kill others on the orders of Government. So to be upset because people in their own country call them murderers is nuts.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Long Live Palestine- the Rap song

As the celebrations continue in Gaza for the arrival of the aid convoy, Rapper and poet Lowkey is storming the charts with his track Long Live Palestine. If you DOWNLOAD NOW (for as little as 59p) the song could get Long Live Palestine to number one.

The single is released one year after Israel devastated the Gaza strip with countless bombing raids and ground infantry attacks, leaving thousands of civilians dead, wounded or homeless.

DOWNLOAD IT NOW | Only 1 day left!
PLACES TO DOWNLOAD FROM: - iTunes (Song No.3) - Amazon (UK) - Play - HMV (Song No.2) - Tesco (Song No.3) Orange music store (orange customers can buy from here)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Community media job

Project Co-ordinator

Somerset Film is looking for a project co-ordinator for Community
Chroniclers, a one-year project developing intergenerational practice and
volunteering opportunities as part of the Somerset Company of Voices

Your commitment to developing sustainable communities through the use of IT
and digital media will be matched by an ability to work collaboratively and
inclusively to establish an inspirational presence for the project within
the communities it aims to serve.

Hours: 40 per week, salary £18,000 for the one year contract. Letter of
application with CV to by 22nd January 2010.
Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced CRB disclosure check.

One Apartment and Six Drummers

Funds for young people in England

V Match Fund - England only
The next closing date for v’s Match Fund is 5 February 2010. The
programme aims increase investment in youth volunteering from private
companies, charitable trusts/ foundations and individuals by doubling
the value of their investment. The private sector investment can be
cash or gifts in kind and investments range from £10,000 to £250,000.

The funding is for new opportunities for 16-25 year old volunteers,
which have clear community benefits and address one of the following:

* Health and well being
* Environment
* Supporting children and young people
* Community cohesion
* Poverty
* Human rights.

You need to demonstrate how you will engage young people who have
never volunteered before, including hard-to-reach and
under-represented groups.
For more information see the vinspired website:

Green grants for direct action

Green direct action groups asked to submit for grants.
Year 2010 : please submit your applications before 31st of January for the March
council and before 30th of September for the November council.

Egypt police clash with Gaza aid convoy

More than 50 people have been hurt in clashes between Egyptian police and pro-Palestinian activists seeking to take a convoy of medical supplies to Gaza from the UK.
Read more here

Activists Batman boat cut in half by Whaling ship

A high-tech batman style boat used by anti-whaling activists to try to halt Japanese hunters in the Antarctic has been sliced in two by Jap whaling ship
Watch video here

Monday, January 04, 2010

Convert your film 8mm to digital video

Want to convert your film (8mm and Super8) and video cassettes into digital format?
I found these guys who convert them and upload them onto the site where you can choose to make them publically viewable in the Archive or place them in a Vault for exclusive access by family and friends.

Saturday, January 02, 2010


From today, 1 January 2010, the new Irish blasphemy law becomes operational. Blasphemy is now a crime punishable by a €25,000 fine which is so backward and a throwback to medieval times- what next burn witches?

In response, Atheist Ireland have published a list of 25 blasphemous quotes, which have previously been published by or uttered by or attributed to Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Mark Twain, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, James Kirkup, Monty Python, Rev Ian Paisley, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Frank Zappa, Salman Rushdie, Bjork, Amanda Donohoe, George Carlin, Paul Woodfull, Jerry Springer the Opera, Tim Minchin, Richard Dawkins, Pope Benedict XVI, Christopher Hitchens, PZ Myers, Ian O’Doherty, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Dermot Ahern. Read them here