Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Finding media coverage

Want to find out how your campaign has done with media coverage?
Check out Pickanews- they consults 50 000 print and online media sources free of charge
but you gotta pay if you want to read the full articles
http://www.pickanews.com

A very useful tool

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This is an incredibly bad piece of kit for camping.

I just released our latest video in the A-Z of Bushcraft video series.
Andrew reviews the Safari Stove which will burn anything by increasing the flames with a small battery operated fan. However he has criticism of the flimsy construction.
http://azbushcraft.com/index.php/r/review-stove-series-2

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First human 'infected with computer virus'

Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand.
The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.
In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.
Read more

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Funding for Cultural Activities addressing EU issues

The European Commission Representation in the UK is offering project
co-funding for cultural activities that:
* Raise awareness and understanding of themes of key current
public importance as set out by the EU ( see below)
* Relate these themes to the applicants local communities or
target audiences
* Achieve a wide geographical spread throughout the UK.

Cultural organisations in the UK can apply for grants of up to
€25,000, with a maximum of 70% towards the total costs. Grants of
under €5,000 will not be considered.

The funding is to stage cultural events that promote the following themes:
* Ageing population
* Bio-diversity
* Climate change and the environment
* Combating poverty and social exclusion
* Migrants
* Sustaining growth, jobs and solidarity
* Raising the profile of the EC Representation in the UK.

The deadline for applications is 18 June 2010.
For more information visit the Europa website here:
http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/work_with_eu/call_2010_03/index_en.htm

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Awards for environmental campaigners

Are you campaigning on an environmental issue at a local, national or
global level? Would you like support to be a better campaigner?

An SMK Award is for people who are just starting out as campaigners and
want to take their work to the next level. And if you are not a
campaigner yourself, but know someone who might benefit from the award
you can nominate them in less than two minutes!
Deadline for applications: Midday on 28th June 2010

There are seven other SMK Campaigner Award categories. To find out more
visit our website .

What does the award winner receive? Our programme of support is designed
to work flexibly for busy campaigners! Over six months you will:

* Be invited to a high profile awards ceremony

* Receive one-to-one coaching from a highly experienced campaigner

* Receive mentoring or shadowing sessions with experts in your field

* Receive public affairs and media coaching

* Take part in an intensive and inspiring residential skills-building
weekend

* Be invited into the SMK Alumni programme, enabling you to attend talks
and events organised by SMK





About SMK The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is the only registered charity
in the UK dedicated to connecting, informing and supporting campaigners.




SMK:

* Runs an annual awards programme to support new and emerging
campaigners

* Runs a series of events about effective campaigning
* Manages www.campaigncentral.org.uk , the online community for
campaigners
* Promotes the rights of campaigners Go to our website to read the
application criteria and download the application form.
W: http://www.smk.org.uk/smk-awards-2010
E: awards@smk.org.uk

T: 020 7700 8231

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Films wanted for Salford Film Festival

We are now seeking short films and features for the Seventh Salford Film
Festival, scheduled for 10th - 14th November 2010. 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 have a
totally open submission policy and welcome films from all over the world.
There is no submission fee.

Submissions should be sent on DVD to Steve Balshaw, Programme Manager,
Salford Film Festival, The International Media Centre, Adelphi House,
Salford Crescent, Salford, M3 6EN, UK. Further information and submission
form available from info@salfordfilmfestival.org.uk, or from our website
www.salfordfilmfestival.org.uk. Deadline for submissions is August 20th.
Any submissions after this date will be at the discretion of the Programme
Manager.


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London land squatters to be evicted

Word just in from London...
Kew Bridge Ecovillage is an ecovillage and social centre on squatted land
overlooking the River Thames at the north end of Kew Bridge in West London.
Activists inspired by the land rights campaign group The Land is Ours occupied the
long derelict site on 6 July 2009. The Royal Botanic Gardens, the world's largest
collection of living plants and pioneer of horticultural preservation, face the
ecovillage site on the opposite side of the river. The community is reported as
saying it wishes to demonstrate the practicality of permaculture principles, living
in simple bender structures, growing its own vegetables and recycling its waste.

The Village faces an eviction threat, starting from this Friday, 21st of May, 2010.
It is likely that they will evict on the Friday, or the Monday after or at some
other date that suits their purposes. If you want to help protect the eco village,
then come down and lend a hand.

The eco village is primarily a place for beings of different perspectives,
experiences, ideals and aims to come together to create sustainable communities,
wherever they might exist. The site is set to be turned into a monstrous development
of expensive flats and more pubs and shops, in an area with two nearby shopping
centres, and with 3 pubs in the immediate area, and copious amounts of disused
properties standing empty as the numbers of homeless continue to rise. Kew Bridge
Eco Village stands in the way of this ridiculous development and against all unsustainable practices everywhere.

So if you want to protect the eco village, whether you consider yourself to be
classwar, eco, feminist, hippy, hardcore, non-violent, survivalist, whatever: come
on down and support the village! There are plenty of sleeping spaces, and you even
have the option of setting up a tent.

Kew Bridge Eco Villiage, 2 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, TW8 0JF London, United Kingdom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kew_Bridge_Ecovillage
Phone 07967 864370

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Copy your old tapes to Digital


ADVCmini High-quality Analogue to Digital Video Converter for Mac & PC
Grass Valley have announced a new hardware and software conversion product
named "ADVCmini" that allows transfer of high-quality video from VHS tapes,
digital camcorders, and similar sources to their Mac computer for editing in
Final Cut Pro or iMovie. Grass Valley will also introduce a PC version later
this year that will enable users to edit their footage with nonlinear
editing software such as the EDIUS® Neo 2 editing software.

Most similar converters in this category have poor video quality –
especially when converting composite video into a digital signal. The 3D Y/C
separator in the new Grass Valley ADVCmini box provides high-quality
conversion typically available only in converters that are much more
expensive.

Video can be captured via composite Y/C, S-video, or SCART cable, along with
left/right stereo audio. True 3D Y/C separation provides excellent quality
conversion from composite video sources. The intuitive unit is small and
powered by the Mac's USB port. Price £103+VAT
More...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Last chance to get a DVD- ony 50 left


The first batch of DVDs that we produced are nearly gone! We have just 50 left so we are having a clearout sale, remember every disc bought ensures that the A-Z Bushcraft series continues online and gives us the opportunity to pay for the production of the Series 2 DVD! So get yours now and keep yourself entertained until Winter. A perfect present for that bushcrafting man/woman/child in your life!

Learn how to start a fire by friction, use a knife skillfully and wield an axe safely. A-Z of Bushcraft will teach you the techniques to thrive and survive in the natural environment. Presented by the charismatic Andrew Price, who has spent his entire life in the pursuit of adventure & knowledge of the outdoors.
Check it out here

Climate Change knowledge in Swansea

Do you want to find out more about climate change? Do you wish you
had the confidence to talk to people about it? Or maybe you want to have the
tools to make your community more sustainable? Then the Environment Centre has
the training for you!
We are bringing 3 great training opportunities to Swansea for the
first time. They are delivered by experts in their fields and include a
delicious locally sourced buffet and fairtrade tea & coffee.

COIN Climate Change Condensed on Saturday 12th June
This Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN) training course uses
the latest education and action learning techniques with partner and group
exercises and discussion to inform those new to the subject or who would like to
make sure they have the latest facts & theories.
Cost: £15 public / £25 local authority/charity workers / £50 business. Book
by 28th May.

COIN Climate Change Speaker Training on Saturday 3rd July
New speakers will gain the confidence so that they can speak
powerfully without being a scientific expert by talking of their own
experiences, hopes and fears. Seasoned speakers will obtain new skills for
communicating more effectively. This intensive one-day course gives participants
the text, information, skills and confidence to prepare and deliver a persuasive
half hour talk on climate change. The training also includes advice on dealing
with sceptics and ‘difficult’ audiences.
Cost: £40 public/ £75 local authority/charity workers / £105 business. Book
by 18th June.

Planed Sustainability Toolkit Training on Thursday 24th June
Do you work with communities? Do you want to help the communities you
work with or live in develop sustainable projects? Then this course is for you!

The toolkit provided by Planed (Pembrokeshire Local Action Network
for Enterprise and Development) focuses on engaging communities and getting them
to participate in the identification and development of sustainable projects
& opportunities. The Toolkit has been designed in collaboration with the New
Economics Foundation. The training is particularly relevant for all working with
community groups on a developmental level also it is a very powerful awareness
raising tool.
Cost: Just £10! Book by 10th June.

These are great tried & tested sessions and will be in high demand, so you will need to book early! To book contact James or Hannah on 01792 480200 or
bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk

Video of Sol Cinema


Jane Davidson, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing helps to launch One World Weekend at the Start of Adult Learners' Week 2010.Our Sol Cinema is shown

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Freaks wanted

FREAKS FOOLS POETS STAND UP MAGICIANS IMPROVISERS ACTORS STORYTELLERS
and GENERAL CABARET MELEE wanted for LIZZIE's LIVE LOUNGE

BUDDHAFIELD FESTIVALthe cutest cuddliest safest most supportive lovely place to try
something out great crowds lovely people positively family friendly yet daring and
controversial in a peaceful kind of way... sort of festival!WED 14 - SUNDAY 18 JULY
2010

3 X 20 minutes(ish) sets plus some guerilla cabaret around site(and THE 5th
BUDDHAFIELD SLAM!)
FREE ENTRYMEAL TICKETS some travel expenses and LOTS AND LOTS OF LVE.

ONLY A FEW SPACES AVAILABLE SO CONTACT ME QUICKLY(and dont call me Quickly at work!)
Lizzie Mc07966 224497
PS not really looking for musicians unless part of an act as music is well covered
by other stages.

Welsh Minister for the Environment visits our solar cinema


Welsh Minister for the Environment Jane Davidson visited our Sol Cinema which was booked to show films to celebrate Adult Learners' Week in Cardiff.
http://www.thesolcinema.org/events.html
Jane Davidson AM inside the Sol Cinema at the launch of One W... on Twitpic

How to connect a Macbook laptop to 12v via magSafe power adapter

Useful tip
http://pangea.stanford.edu/~schmitt/magsafe/

Or buy one here http://www.batterygeek.net/MacBook-Car-Charger-p/macbook_car_charger.htm

Friday, May 14, 2010

Parody of Hollywood trailer clichés


Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney took 10 days "from first draft to final edit" to compose this well-crafted parody of Hollywood trailer clichés

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Funds for charities

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation unites the charitable donations previously made in the UK
by Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley savings business and has over
£3 million to donate to local charities throughout the UK.

The re-launched Santander Foundation will focus upon funding charitable projects in
line with Santander Group's global priorities of education and training; and
financial capability. The maximum donation for charities anywhere in the UK will
rise 150% to £10,000 with an average grant of around £4,500. For the first time,
grants for revenue items (such as salaries or running costs) in addition to capital
items (such as equipment and training materials) will be made available. By opening
up the scope of the funding in this way, it allows a greater number of charities to
benefit and use the funding effectively to make a difference in their local
community.

There are no deadlines, no application forms and the Foundation does not need a copy
of your annual report and accounts. Charities wanting to find out more about the
Foundation can visit
http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Water water everywhere....

Churchill statue gets a new look

How to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles


Retired mechanic Jose Alano invented a simple, cheap, energy saving rooftop solar water heater which is benefiting thousands of people. Here's how it's done...

Download leaflet on DIY solar heater

Filmdirecting4women International film festival

filmdirecting4women International film festival

REGULAR DEADLINE MAY 28th
FD4WIFF is calling for entries from international women film directors for
our festival which will take place from 9th-12th Septmeber.

Submissions are sought for shorts and features in any genre. Prizes will
be given in many categories.
www.filmdirecting4women.com/film-festival

Ideas wanted for Tar Sands campaign- win £500

Distributors Dogwoof and the Co-operative have launched a new competition
to mark the release of new documentary Petropolis, out 14 May 2010.

Creating lakes of toxic waste that can be seen from space, Canada's tar
sands operations are destroying formerly pristine forest and polluting the
air and water, with profound consequences for local people and wildlife.
Director Peter Mettler's film Petropolis chooses an aerial perspective to
tell the story of the most pressing climate change threat of our time.

Can you do better? How would you put the impending climate and ecological
disaster of Canada's tar sands in the limelight? Submit your ideas or
designs for a poster, billboard, game, badge, photograph, animation or
short film; or come up with something entirely different. Get creative and
help Dogwoof communicate the folly of the tar sands.

The winner will receive £500UKP and your idea may be used in their high
profile Toxic Fuels campaign.

Find out more about tar sands at www.toxicfuels.com and submit your
entries to www.facebook.com/toxicfuels

Deadline: Friday 18 June 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

No2 ID cards


http://www.no2id.net/

Digital Participation Fund

The deadline for the first round of funding from the Digital
Participation Fund is 1 June 2010 (applications received before 1 June
may be considered before then). The aim of the fund is to increase
digital participation in the UK through increasing and developing
internet use.

There will be a number of funding rounds over the next three years.
There is no maximum amount which can be applied for. Only registered
charities or a body corporate may apply.

For more information, and to keep an eye on future funding rounds, see
the Digital Participation Consortium website:
http://www.digitalparticipation.com/about/how-we-work/applications

What Gordon is doing now!

David Cameron PM - who is he?

Undercurrents to be promoted in Soap shops

Lush- the soap shop have asked us here at undercurrents how would you feel about being featured on the lid of one of their products? That means you'll have a presence in every one of our 90 shops in the UK and also all the shop staff will receive information
about undercurrents to talk to customers about!

So watch this space for more details as they arise

Roots to Shoots short film competition is now open,

Student shorts, music video, animation short, short film and doc shorts.
All made from Jan 2009 accepted.
Here's the withoutabox link and no entry costs.
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/9352
Deadline 27th May 2010

Short list notified by June 10th

Awards night on July 7th 2010 at Royal Cinema Spa Centre, Leamington Spa,
Warks UK.
Prizes (TBC) and trophy's handed out.

Judges are all Film and music industry related.
More details here
http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/RoyalSpaCentre/Competitions/default.htm

American: The Bill Hicks Story opening in UK cinemas May 14


American: The Bill Hicks Story opening in UK cinemas on 14 May. Four years in the making, American pushes documentary storytelling in a new direction, using a stunning new animation technique to tell the amazing life story of the iconoclastic comedian and his struggle to get his voice heard.

Wanker Cameron poster


A photojournalist who placed a poster of David Cameron containing the word "wanker" in his window has described how police handcuffed him in his home on election day, threatened him with arrest, and forcibly removed what they said was offensive campaign literature.

Hoffman said he would lodge a formal complaint. He has since returned the poster to his window, but replaced the word "wanker" with "onanist", derived from a biblical character in Genesis 38:9 whose seed was "spilled on the ground".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/11/david-cameron-poster-police

Elton John is asked to Boycott Israel

Elton John is asked to Boycott his gig in Tel Aviv on June 17

Funds for groups

HBOS Foundation - Community Action Programme (UK)
Through its Community Action programme, the HBOS Foundation makes grants
of up to £10,000 to support a diverse range of local activities. The
programme which is available in those communities where the HBOS bank
operates, is open to registered charities and has two key themes: Money
advice and financial literacy, and developing and improving local
communities. Applications can be made at any time. For more information
visit: http://www.hbosfoundation.org/index-community.html


Philip Lawrence Awards (UK)

Local groups that are making a real contribution to their local
community and the lives of others; and groups that promote respect and
understanding of faiths, culture and communities internationally are
being invited to enter the Philip Lawrence Awards. Established in memory
of Philip Lawrence, the head teacher who was murdered outside the gates
of his school in London, these Awards recognise and reward outstanding
achievements in good citizenship by young people.

Winning groups receive cash awards of up to £1,000 to invest in
sustaining or developing the award-winning activity. Groups made up of
any number of nominees aged 11 to 20 years are eligible to enter.

Nominations may be made by, for example school teachers; governors;
youth and community workers; police officers; local authority members;
staff in Racial Equality Councils; people in voluntary and community
sector bodies. Since1997, over 95 groups have received a Philip Lawrence
Award. The first stage of judging is to whittle down all the nominations
and choose a shortlist of up to 30 regional finalists. These finalists
are recognised and celebrated in their local area, as well as going
through to the judging panel for the national awards.
The closing date for nominations is the 15th September 2010. For more
information visit: http://www.philiplawrenceawards.net/home

Thursday, May 06, 2010

A Sky News scoop

A former undercurrents reporter has filmed a scoop for Sky News

A youth consultant who gives relationship advice to teenagers secretly grooms children on the internet for sex, a Sky News investigation can reveal.
http://news.sky.com/skynews

Film Fund and Innovation Fund, UK Film Council

The Film Fund from the UK Film Council is currently accepting
applications. The £15 million fund supports film-makers from across the
UK develop, produce and complete feature films. Applications must be
from registered EU companies and have a screenwriter already attached.
For more information visit the Film Fund website here.

The Innovation Fund is expected to launch again in Autumn 2010. This
fund supports digital opportunities in film, which includes new ways of
getting films to audiences, investing in innovative business models,
distribution and delivery platforms, research and development and market
intelligence. Keep an eye on the Innovation Fund page here for more
information as it becomes available.

Also
EXTENDED Tethervision Call for proposals 2010
East Midlands, Worldwide
Tether are asking for proposals for video and performance art to be
broadcast on Tethervision.There are 10 commissions available, each a
different budget.

http://tinyurl.com/2extlug

I challenged YouTube and won!

After YouTube took my film down, I challenged them as to why. They claimed that National Geographic owned my images which is totally untrue.Judging from the comments, I suspect that it was input from a Pakistani which took my film down as the film does show Pakistani men in a bad light to women.

They wrote:
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we've completed
processing your counter-notification regarding your video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDFRpU8lDVE
This content has been restored and your account will not be penalized.
Sincerely,
The YouTube Team

After months, I finally won and today they re-instated my film

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Can you disappear from the eyes of the state?

David Bond lives in one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world. He decides to find out how much private companies and the government know about him by putting himself under surveillance and attempting to disappear, a decision that changes his life forever. Leaving his pregnant wife and young child behind, he is tracked across the database state on a chilling journey that forces him to contemplate the meaning of privacy and the loss of it.
http://erasingdavid.com/

Watch it here now

Citizen Global

Interesting video site for activism videos
http://www.citizenglobal.com/

Watch Age of Stupid online for free for the next 48hours

Watch Age of Stupid online for free for the next 48hours
http://www.ageofstupid.net/news/stupid_free_online_for_48_hours_for_uk_election

Join the Citizen Journalists Video Network

Undercurrents are seeking people to join a 'Citizen Journalists Video Network'.
In 2010 we are expanding our training to nurture a UK wide network who will be encouraged to support their local community and campaign groups by producing regular video clips about local positive news.



If you want to get involved, read the details on our new dedicated website
http://www.citizenjourno.net/

Grierson Awards respond to my email about Shell sponsorship

I got a response from the Grierson Trustto my email about Oil Company sponsorship of the documenatry awards.

They say nothing about my concerns that Shell Oil paid out $15m last year after familes alleged Shell conspired with the military government to capture and hang environmental activists. Shell was also accused of a series of other alleged human rights violations, including working with the army to bring about killings and torture of Ogoni ­protesters.The company was alleged to have provided the Nigerian army with vehicles, patrol boats and ammunition, and to have helped plan raids and terror campaigns against villages.

The awards response is that 'Shell has a long and distinguished history of financing and preserving documentary film-making' and that 'Shell, as sponsors of one of 10 Grierson awards, have no influence over the jury's decision.'

Anyone got a documentary exposing Shell they can enter the awards?
Their full response is below

From: "Jane Callaghan"
Date: Tue, May 4, 2010 4:59 pm

Dear Mr O'Connor
Thank you for your enquiry regarding the sponsorship of Shell International. The
Grierson Trust is keen to build partnerships with organisations which have shown a
real commitment to the genre and who wish to continue supporting excellence in
film-making. Shell has a long and distinguished history of financing and preserving
documentary film-making and is amongst a number of partners with which the Grierson
Trust is proud to collaborate.

John Grierson was a champion of documentaries that sought to challenge our
perceptions of the world and he produced many such films with many different
collaborators. He was equally concerned with the artistic potential of the form -
he considered documentary film-making as an art in its own right. The Trust
believes that these two purposes of documentary - to sometimes speak unpalatable
truths to people and to create work of artistic value - are central to today's
Grierson awards. And the Trust has a long history of celebrating such films.

In keeping with those values the Trust accepts films on any subject, whatever the
point of view expressed. The criteria for submissions are simply that films have
made a significant contribution to the genre and demonstrate quality, integrity,
creativity and originality. And the only criterion for success is excellence in the
eyes of the independent and distinguished juries. Shell, as sponsors of one of 10
Grierson awards, have no influence over the jury's decision.

Regards

Jane

Jane Callaghan
General Manager
THE GRIERSON TRUST
Tel: +44 (0)1733 891878
Mob: +44 (0)7740 164560
Email: jane@griersontrust.org
Web: www.griersontrust.org
__________________________

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

On World Press Freedom Day, AMARC asserts communication rights of disaster hit communities

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, May 3, 2010 - On the occasion of World Press
Freedom Day (3 May) AMARC, the World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters, calls on governments and international agencies to
respect the communication rights of communities struck by disaster
and to recognise the vital role of community media in disaster
response and reconstruction.

In the Haiti earthquake of 12 January 2010, community media support
organisations in Port-au-Prince suffered complete destruction of
their facilities. Community radio stations were directly affected in
12 disaster struck communities while, in other parts of the country,
community broadcasters provided vital information on missing persons
and needs of displaced people.

In the Chile earthquake of 27 February 2010, 15 community radio
stations suffered serious damage, of which 10 lost their entire
buildings. At least 40 others were directly affected but quickly back
on air ensuring access to information, providing psychological
support and enabling people to air their concerns about the pace and
progress of disaster response and humanitarian relief.

AMARC believes greater attention needs to be given to respect for
communication rights in humanitarian disaster response and
reconstruction. It is not sufficient to focus on informational
messages to disaster hit communities. The first responders are people
in the communities themselves who need communication tools to
organise local relief. The most vulnerable people - women, children,
the elderly and the disabled - are often the last to be heard. Civil
society organisations need to have voice and involvement in the
process of reconstruction. International agencies and governments
must do more to demonstrate transparency and accountability.

AMARC marked World Press Freedom Day in Haiti with the signing of an
accord in Port-au-Prince with the Haitian community media support
organisation, SAKS, Sosyete Animasyon Komunikasyon Sosyal, for a
joint programme of work on humanitarian communication, reconstruction
and community media development. The programme, which will run
initially for a period of six months, is supported by Open Society
Institute, Free Voice, Diakonie, Development and Peace, UNESCO,
International Media Support, Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
and Japan Platform among others. It builds on an international
solidarity response to the Haiti emergency from community media
activists and organisations including Amisnet, ALER, Radio Santa
Maria, BHN Communications, Austin Airwaves, WACC and AMARC's regional
offices in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

-ends-

Notes
Through service to members, networking and project implementation,
the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings
together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, federations
and community media stakeholders in more than 115 countries. Since
its creation in 1983, AMARC has supported the development of a world
wide community radio sector that has democratized the media
landscape. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the
international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends
and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through
solidarity, networking and cooperation.

For further information visit http://www.amarc.org

My film to be shown on Japanese TV next month

A Japanese TV series called Torihada Scoop wants to include my Alien captured on CCTV film for broadcast on Jun,18th 2010,19:00-22:00

It will be Broadcast on TV Asahi for Japan only,Nationwide

The program content:
In this world,there are mysterious things which we can’t find what they are .
This program will show those things which would happen around us such as ghosts, paranormal phenomena ,UFO and Alien.
We also introduce impact and shocking accidents ,and the mystery of nature,too.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop (Exclusive 5 min Extended Sneak Peek)

Activists stop coal train and face Prison

18 People from Bristol and Bath, have been charged under the Malicious Damages Act of 1861 after they blockaded the railtrack which carries coal between the controversial Open cast Mine at Fros y Fran, near Merthyr Tydfil and Aberthaw Power Station on Monday, 26th April 2010

The 18, who are part of the Rising Tide (UK) Network, were held for over 24 hours, and were only allowed a phone call after 11.00 am yesterday (Tuesday). The house of one of those involved was raided by 8 police officers who spent 3 hours searching their home.

It took the combined efforts of British Rail Police and South Wales Police over 8 hours to remove the last of the protesters at 8.10pm on Monday evening.

The law under which they were charged was designed to protect the interests of rail owners has a maximum penalty of life.

However, a spokesperson for the 18 said: “We would not anticipate facing any such penalty as we took great care to ensure the safety of all taking part and had made certain that the coal train would not leave the loading area before the line was blocked.”

“This was a carefully planned action: hence it's success. However, we admit that it was a drastic course of action but even this barely matches the climate crisis we will face if much more radical measures are not taken now.”

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Bristol ecovillage to be evicted on Wednesday



The video above shows Bristol squatted land to set up an eco-village. The campaigners are to be evicted on wednesday morning about 9am and are calling for help.
Directions are here

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Comedian Frankie Boyle criticises BBC 'rebuke'

Comedian Frankie Boyle has criticised the BBC Trust for a "cowardly rebuke" of a joke of his about Palestine.
The trust's editorial standards committee apologised earlier this week over his remark on BBC Radio 4 comedy show Political Animal in June 2008.

The Scottish comedian said Palestine was like a cake being "punched to pieces by a very angry Jew".
In an open letter, Boyle said the BBC was a "great institution" but "cravenly afraid of giving offence". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8655530.stm

The Third Sector Excellence Awards are open

The Third Sector Excellence Awards are open for entries. The awards
celebrate and reward the work of third sector organisations.
Third sector organisations large and small, registered charities or
social enterprises are eligible to apply.

There are 24 awards, covering a range of activities, including
finance, fundraising and communications to management, governance and
projects.

The deadline for entries is 3 June 2010.
For more information visit the Third Sector Excellence Awards website here:
http://www.thirdsectorexcellenceawards.com/about