Monday, January 31, 2011

Female undercover cop

Insider view of how the female undercover cop was exposed
Read it here

http://www.activistsecurity.org/lynn_watson.html



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Police use CS spray on tax protesters

Protester washing eyes A man washes his eyes after police used CS gas on tax protesters in London. Tax avoidance protesters needed hospital treatment today after police used CS spray to break up a demonstration on Oxford Street in central London.


Hundreds of people staged peaceful sit-ins at high street stores around the country as part of the latest UK Uncut day of action, designed to highlight companies it says are avoiding millions of pounds in tax.
In London protesters had successfully closed down Boots in Oxford Street – one of the companies campaigners accuse of tax avoidance – when police tried to arrest a woman for pushing a leaflet through the store's doors. Other demonstrators tried to stop the arrest and at least one police officer used CS spray, which hospitalised three people.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/30/police-cs-spray-tax-protesters

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

An Open Web - book available online

An Open Web - book available online
http://openweb.flossmanuals.net

The Web was meant to be Everything. As the Internet as a whole assumes
an increasingly commanding role as the technology of global commerce and
communication, the World Wide Web from its very inception was designed
to be a free and open medium through which human knowledge is created,
accessed and exchanged. But, that Web is in danger of coming to a close.
This book shows what is happening and how you can play an important role
in keeping the web open.

An Open Web was written in 5 days by 6 collaborators. Zero to book in 5
days. It was an intensive process and loads of fun. The collaborators
met 9am Monday with no more text written than the title and 5 days later
published the book. This process is known as a 'Book Sprint' is an
intensive and innovative methodology for the rapid development of books
saw five people locked in a room in Berlin’s CHB for five days to
produce a book with the sole guiding meme being the title – An Open Web.
They had to create the concept, write the book, and output it to print
in 5 days.

An Open Web was written by Alejandra Perez Nuñez (Chile), Christopher
Adams (USA), Bassel Safadi (Syria), Mick Fuzz (UK), Jon Phillips (USA),
and Michelle Thorne (DE) with Sprint Facilitation by Adam Hyde (NZ).

The process opened up a new and networked discussion focusing on a new
vocabulary about the Open Web. As the transmediale.11 publication the
Book Sprint was based on an idea by Adam Hyde and Stephen Kovats to
enact the festivals investigation of this theme.

This web is not only about the Open Web but it was made by the Open Web.
Open Web publishing at its best - written in 100% free software and open
for anyone to contribute - including YOU. You can improve the book and
and keep it alive! All contributions are welcome!
http://booki.flossmanuals.net

You can also read the book online, download the free EPUB (for mobile
devices and ereaders) and buy the beautiful paper book. All available
from :
http://openweb.flossmanuals.net


The Book Sprint crew would like to acknowledge and deeply thank Stephen
Kovats without which this sprint would not have happened. Also many
thanks to :
The CHB, Aleksandar Erkalovic, Barry Threw, and Mike Linksvayer.
An Open Web available NOW : http://openweb.flossmanuals.net
For Information about the Free Software platform this book was written
with please see:
http://blog.booki.cc


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Point Break- remade in 60seconds

With all the talk of undercover cops, we made the movie Point Break about a cop undercover as a surfer...all done in 60seconds..coming soon

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.



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Germany had invited UK undercover cop to infiltrate protest groups

Germany's federal police chief, Jörg Ziercke, was forced to admit to MPs at the Bundestag that not only had Kennedy had a long-term lover in Berlin – in direct violation of a law forbidding police officers to have sexual relationships while undercover – but that he had been invited to Germany by the authorities to infiltrate the anti-fascist movement.
More on http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/26/mark-kennedy-german-bundestag



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Ratcliffe power station protest court cases to be reviewed

20 eco-activists are currently doing community service punishment handed down by the state for daring to consider protesting against a power station at Ratcliffe.

The campaigners were found guilty of conspiring to commit aggravated trespass at the Nottinghamshire site. But today Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer has appointed a senior barrister to review the cases.A linked trial collapsed earlier this month after an undercover police officer offered to help the defence.

The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said Mr Starmer's decision was highly unusual and suggested there might be grounds for questioning the safety of the convictions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-12304612


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Did you film undercover cop at protest?

We are making a film and are seeking any images or video you have of this undercover cop at Hartlepool nuclear power station. so get in touch on info@undercurrents.org.

Life in a Day, - the YouTube film

On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube to take part in Life in a Day, a historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth.

Since then, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald and a team of editors have whittled down over 80,000 clips (and more than 4500 hours of footage) into a 90-minute film that gives an honest and inspiring glimpse of our world.

“Life in a Day” will be officially released later this year, but you have a very special opportunity to see the world premiere live from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, January 27. The premiere will be followed by a live Q&A with Kevin Macdonald and key contributors to the film.

http://www.youtube.com/lifeinaday


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

'Undercover police officer' filmed in clown costume

Police are clowns!
http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/display/playlistref/250111/clipid/250111_CUP_G20_25


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Cops get a grilling by Home Affairs Committee over undercover cops

Video of grilling of top cops Police Commissioner Tim Godwin, and Commander Bob Broadhurst by committee about why they lied about undercover cops

Undercover Policing
1. Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tim Godwin, and Commander Bob Broadhurst

Starts 12min 30secs in
http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=7503

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More on undercover cop and how police spent taxpayers money

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349647/How-undercover-officers-squandered-millions-pounds-flash-cars-luxury-flats-14-hours-overtime-day.html

Kennedy/Stone dressed as the cop he was and the boat he lived on while undercover

The National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) employed the undercover officer Mark Kennedy, who was embedded and bedded for seven years among peaceful green activists. Kennedy claims that it has supervised 15 other undercover agents on the same mission. But what is the mission? Sorry, can't tell you. NPOIU is run by the Association of Chief Police Officers. As Simon Jenkins pointed out last week , Acpo is not a police force but a private limited company, beyond democratic scrutiny, not subject to freedom of information laws. While it receives much of its funding from the government, it is not accountable to the public. It looks to me like a state-sanctioned private militia, fighting public protest on behalf of corporations.




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One Minute Film Challenge.

The competition is for film makers to produce an original and imaginative film that works within the confines of sixty seconds. The categories for submitting your film are Film, Animation, Mobile File, Documentary, Machinima, Experimental, Title Sequence, Film Trailer, Ident, Advert.

Each month we will show the films sent to us which are open for a public
vote to decide which film wins each month and goes into the grand final of
the twelve best films of the year. At the end of the year the best 12
selected films will be judged by the public to decide which film is the
Winner of the prestigious Renderyard One Minute Film Challenge award.

We are now accepting films for the 2011 competition which began again on
Jan 1st. You can submit as many films as you like. Your film must be no
longer than 1 minute in length.



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Monday, January 24, 2011

My 2 favourite movie directors



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Windscreen camera

Interesting to now that Canadians have cameras in their cars now in case of a accident
and they can show who was at fault. Check this video out of a truck crash
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12261124


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Women to protest at Scotland Yard today over police sex spies

Women activists are to blockade Scotland Yard today, intending to demand to know the identity of any undercover police who have infiltrated their organisations.
As evidence continued to emerge of police officers having had sexual relations with people they were monitoring, the women said they wanted to know if they had been "abused" by police.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/24/scotland-yard-blockade-spies-sex


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Undercover protest cop suspended

One of three police officers revealed by the Guardian to have infiltrated the green protest movement has been restricted from duty pending an investigation into his professional conduct.

Jim Boyling, who carried out covert surveillance for five years while undercover as eco-activist Jim Sutton, was accused of engaging in sexual relationships with targets. It emerged this week that Boyling had married an activist and had gone on to have two children with her before divorcing two years ago.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/21/police-spy-married-suspended-duty

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Funding website

Do you have a great idea for an arts, social, business, charity project or product that needs kick-starting? Get it funded
http://www.sponsume.com/

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Female undercover cop in protest scene revealed

The undercover police spy who posed as an environmental activist for five years, can be named as Lynn Watson.A useful member of an activist team for her driving and medical skills, Watson's real motives were revealed last October by the rogue officer Mark Kennedy when confronted by activists about his own identity.

Watson first surfaced in 2003 at a protest at Aldermaston, Britain's nuclear weapons centre. Watson claimed to be a care worker living in Bournemouth in Dorset. Her parents, she told friends, were from Glasgow but had moved to Slough, Berkshire, when she was young.Using this story, or "legend" as it is known among police, Watson began to make friends among peace activists.

During 2004 she returned to Aldermaston women's peace camp. The following year, she moved to the student area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, where she became active in environmentalist groups centred around a radical social centre called the Common Place.
Read more




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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The cop who infiltrated Reclaim the Streets, married an activist and had children.

Jim Boyling is a policeman and known as Jim ­Sutton when he infiltrated Reclaim the Streets, married an activist and had children.

A police spy married an activist he met while undercover in the environmental protest movement and then went on to have children with her, the Guardian can reveal.
He is the fourth spy now to have been identified as an undercover police officer engaged in the covert surveillance of eco-activists. Three of those spies are accused of having had sexual relationships with the people they were targeting.

The details of the activities of the fourth spy, who is still a serving Metropolitan police officer, emerged as the senior police officer managing the crisis in undercover operations insisted that officers were strictly banned from having sexual relationships with their targets.
More

And hear from the woman herself here

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Finds the cheapest standard or superfast broadband WHERE YOU LIVE

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BBC Wales tenders for films

Today BBC are launching two new commissioning tenders for Independent and In House
producers - one is a mini round for 2011/12, and another for a Landmark series for
2012/13.These can also be found on our website www.bbc.co.uk/wales/commissioning
All submissions must be entered on the official form which can also be found on the
commissioning website. This form should be sent to the following email address -
commissioningwales@bbc.co.uk
No other e mail address is valid for entry

Mini Round Tender
Following our main commissioning round last summer, we're now holding a mini
commissioning round for a small number of Factual series to target specific gaps in
the upcoming 2011/12 schedule. This commissioning round is open to in house and
independent producers and will focus exclusively on the following four genres/slots:

1. Factual/ Factual Entertainment series
Tx: Autumn 2011/Winter 2012
Channel: BBC One Wales peak
Duration: 6, 4 or 3 x 30 series
Guide tariff: approx £25k per half hour.

We are looking for a popular series that will occupy the same slot as Coming Home,
Weatherman Walking and other successful factual formats. This is a peak time BBC One
slot and proposals must therefore be aimed at a broad audience with accessible,
well-researched content. Talent is extremely important in this slot and whilst this
doesn't have to be a presenter-led series, the involvement of familiar Welsh faces
or very strong central characters should be considered.


2. Contemporary documentary series.
Tx: Autumn 2011/Winter 2012
Channel: BBC One Wales shoulder peak
Duration: 6, 4 or 3 x 30 series
Guide tariff: approx £25k per half hour.

We are looking to commission a documentary series that is timely, revealing and
potentially hard-hitting. Likely to be an observational documentary format,
proposals should be structured around developing narratives and memorable
contributors. Secured access will be essential. Subjects to avoid, due to other
commissions, are housing estates and the emergency services.


3. Landscape Documentary Series
Tx: Autumn 2011/Winter 2012
Channel: BBC Two Wales peak
Duration: 6, 4 or 3 x 30 series
Guide price £25k per half hour.

This is an established genre for BBC Wales that allows us to celebrate the Welsh
landscape while exploring our culture and history in a very accessible way. Usually
presenter-led, the programmes must have high production values and cover a broad
geographical spread. We welcome the introduction of new talent for this slot.



4. St David's Day Single
Tx: March 2012
Channel: BBC One Wales peak
Duration: Single film, flexible duration, up to 1 x 60
Guide price: tba

To mark St David's Day 2012, we're looking for ideas for a Factual or Entertainment
single that will be feel-good, entertaining and celebratory in tone. Previous
programmes in this slot have included presenter-led history (When Wales Shook the
World, Welsh Icons) and entertainment (Max Boyce Live at Treorchy....Again) but
we're open to the format and genre.


This commissioning tender closes on February 14th 2011 at MIDDAY. Any submissions
after this time will not be considered.

All entries must be submitted on the official form which can be found on the website
at www.bbc.co.uk/wales/commissioning

All submissions must be emailed to commissioningwales@bbc.co.uk
No other email address is valid for entry

The submissions will be shortlisted and candidates invited for interviews.
Interviews will be held on March 2nd and March 4th 2011

We look forward to receiving your ideas.





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Bottles of beer to warm your house

Consider the story of 16-year-old Shane McCarthy from Blackwater Community School, Co Waterford.He was talking to his grandad, a farmer from Lismore, about pigs getting cold in the winter.

His granddad didn’t have the money to heat the piggery during the winter, but his father had come up with an ingenious plan to keep the pigs warm.The old man would find bottles of stout in the local bar and bring them home.

He then buried them in the ground where the pigs slept, and covered them with a thick casing of muck.The body heat of the pigs descended into the muck, heating up the bottles.

Then, because glass retains heat, the bottles remained hot, keeping the pigs warm in the long winter nights. McCarthy listened to his grandfather at the kitchen table last year explaining the pigs’ central heating.Aware of the current drive to preserve energy in houses, he wondered if this idea could be applied to buildings.

After a chat with local lads in the building industry, he realised that it could. You could build houses with a layer of bottles between the house and the foundations, insulated by cardboard, and the same effect would manifest itself in huge cost savings on the average house heating bill.The only constraint, he said, laughing, was the availability of bottles, which is why he and his friends planned to go around their older brothers and sisters’ 18th birthday parties collecting empties.
McCarthy and his fellow students have calculated how much such a measure saves.
A layer of bottles under the average new house produces, on average, 4.77 degrees more heat than a house without the bottles, saving 2.3373 tons of CO2 per year and cutting heating bills by €477.

Innovation is born of such things.
Read more

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Introduction to Permaculture Design DVD trailer


Introduction to Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton. Based on the Bill Mollison Permaculture Manual and the 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course, Geoff Lawton explains the theory and takes you through a number of Permaculture designed projects that are patterned on Nature. An ideal introduction for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture.
http://www.ecofilms.com.au/

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

This has to be read- first inside story of undercover cop

He has received death threats from activists and sleeps in a barricaded room.
This is what he looks like now
‘I am in fear for my life and don’t know where to turn,’ he says. Mr Kennedy refutes suggestions that he crossed the line, became an agent provocateur and played a central role in organising the very protests police wanted him to sabotage.

‘My superiors knew where I was at all times – my BlackBerry was fitted with a tracking device – and they sanctioned every move I made. I didn’t sneeze without them knowing about it. I feel I’ve been hung out to dry.’

Speaking from a safe house, the former police officer tells how he led an astonishing double life as committed green anarchist Mark Stone before being ultimately let down by his handlers.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1347478/Undercover-policeman-tells-amazing-story-years-eco-warriors-I-fear-life.html#ixzz1B950o9qV


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Undercover cop talks to the Mail on Sunday

The cop said: "I want to tell my story and tell how there is a huge mismanagement of staff for the sake of gathering intelligence.

"It has jeopardised my life and it could jeopardise the lives of other officers.

"The extraction policies for taking an undercover officer out of the activist scene after their deployment has finished is appalling. I had no confidence at all that my safety was ever going to be regarded."

Mr Kennedy admitted having two sexual relationships during his undercover work but he said: "I admit that was a wrong thing to do.

"The circumstances I was involved in led to that to happen and I can assure you that I am not the only person who has been involved in sexual relationships as an undercover officer."

He was confronted by some of the activists in September last year after they found documents which revealed his true identity.

Mr Kennedy admitted being a Metropolitan Police officer who had infiltrated their organisations, but says he left the force in 2009.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12199686


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More undercover cops exposed- now in Cardiff protest group

The latest police officer, whose identity has been withheld amid fears for his safety in other criminal operations, worked for four years undercover with an anarchist group in Cardiff.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/14/third-undercover-police-spy-cardiff

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A-Z of Bushcraft & Survival video trailer

Come join us on our dedicated website for all the A-Z of Bushcraft & Survival videos. This video gives you a taster of all the skills Andrew Price offers to share with you.
http://www.azbushcraft.com

Friday, January 14, 2011

Funds for music and arts

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations in
the United Kingdom and overseas. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available
for projects, and the themes chosen for 2011 are Music and the Arts, and Overseas.
Applications are welcomed from charitable organisations in the UK and overseas
(although overseas projects will only be considered in the stated years). The
deadlines for applications are 1st June and 1st November each year. See:
www.austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk

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Undercover cop and sex

Did undercover cop Kennedy have sexual relations with any Swedish women while masquerading as Mark Stone? If so, could he be charged with rape under Swedish law and extradited there?

The case of the cop having sex undercover

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Government tries to control video on the web

The UK Government has empowered Ofcom and it's offshoot ATVOD to register and control UK-originated online video content which is in a form that looks like TV programmes.
If you make and put video online in what the regulator could interpret as "programme form", and make even a small amount of money from it, you could come under this restrictive, anti-small-business new set of rulings, and be liable to an arbitary annual fee - in 2010/2011, set at £2,900 per annum, and proposed at £3,850 for 2011/2012.
http://www.smallscale.tv/

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cops use YouTube to imprison protesters

80 cops are employed to trawl YouTube footage from protesters to incriminate other protesters so always think about what you are uploading.
Full story here

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Need a loan to start your online business?

All businesses need capital to grow, and that includes online merchants. Yet such e-commerce vendors are underserved by the financial services industry because traditional underwriting and funding criteria do not account for a virtual commerce business model or the value of recently sold inventory. So believes Atlanta-based Kabbage, which recently launched a new funding service that targets eBay merchants specifically.

Online vendors begin with Kabbage by entering their eBay marketplace ID. Using that, Kabbage checks their activity and history on the marketplace; if both are sufficient, it asks the retailer to complete an application. That application is far briefer than most because Kabbage learns much of what it needs about the retailer — including sales and credit history, customer traffic and reviews, and competitive information — via online data, which it can access in seconds with the applicant's permission. Kabbage then makes an immediate decision; if approved, the borrower can access funds immediately via PayPal. In general, Kabbage releases funds as the retailer lists more products for sale, thus ensuring that cash flow needs are always met.

Kabbage currently serves only eBay sellers based in the U.S., but it aims to add other marketplaces soon, and ultimately to expand internationally. One to partner with or emulate in your neck of the e-commerce woods...? (Related: Visa donates $1M to Kiva for U.S. microloans.)

Website: www.kabbage.com
Contact: info@kabbage.com

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More undercover cops exposed in environmental movement

The controversy over a police surveillance network embedded in the environmental protest movement deepened dramatically tonight after the Guardian identified a second undercover officer who spent years living a double life as an activist

Documents obtained by the Guardian also suggest that, after quitting the Met last March, Kennedy attempted to continue to use his adopted identity to infiltrate protest groups. In an indication he planned to turn his hand to corporate espionage, Kennedy, who is said to have had money problems, set up two companies. One is connected to an individual who previously worked at Global Open, a private security firm set up by a former special branch detective. The company specialises in keeping a "discreet watch" on protest groups.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/12/second-undercover-police-officer

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What might the future look like if artists could change the world?

Calling all artists, performers, photographers, sculptors, writers, directors,
producers, stage and production managers, strategists, funders, visionaries and
everyone else in the arts!
What might the future look like if artists could change the world?
Unmissable event Saturday 29th January in Swansea for all artists interested in
sustainability and 'the art of living'.
http://www.sustainwales.com/home/en/Emergence.aspx


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Read the inside story of the undercover cop in the eco movement

Danny Chivers writes
This is a story woven from many different tangled (and unusual) threads, so it’s hardly surprising that the mainstream media have struggled to get their facts straight. Some outlets have been wrongly reporting that the case was withdrawn because Kennedy was about to speak up in our defence. In fact, he did no such thing – we were rescued from a wrongful prosecution by the courageous activists who exposed Mark Kennedy back in October.

If they hadn’t uncovered him, we’d have never known about the crucial missing evidence in our case and we’d still be on trial at Nottingham Crown Court at this very moment. This, then, is a story about one repressive police tactic (mass pre-emptive arrest and conspiracy charges) being undermined by a different repressive police tactic (the infiltration of the UK environmental movement).

http://www.newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2011/01/12/undercover-and-over-the-top-collapse-of-ratcliffe-trial/

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Our Solar Cinema attracts entrepreneurial minds

Cinemas around the world are faced with the challenge of recapturing the public's imagination, creating a compelling experience to drag customers away from their smaller-screen rivals. The latest attempt we've spotted has taken a micro approach, creating a tiny cinema from a 1960s caravan to showcase films from the local area.

The Sol Cinema seats just 8 adults or 12 children in quirky surrounds, featuring two tiers of plush seating and an LED projector. A dedicated usher sells tickets and shows the audience to their seats. Furthermore, the entire operation is powered by a 120W solar panel and lithium batteries. The cinema is part of a non-profit project and is available to organisations wishing to showcase short films in their local community. It has already toured a number of music and arts festivals in the UK.

The Sol Cinema has been attracting a lot of attention for its novel approach in the UK. Combining an intimate auditorium with local content and an eco-twist seems to be a winning formula. What lessons can you learn and apply in your local market...?

http://www.springwise.com/entertainment/solcinema/

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Abandon the city- Brisbane dwellers are told

Anyone still doubting that our climate isn't changing- check this out.
The authorities are urging people in Australia's third largest city, Brisbane, to evacuate it in parts as it faces its worst flooding in decades.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12158608

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Undercover cop Mark Kennedy 'really sorry for betrayal'

Mark Kennedy Pc Mark Kennedy spent years working undercover in the green movement
The undercover officer who infiltrated a group of green activists apologised to them for his "betrayal" months before they were due to go on trial.
Watch it on BBC Newsnight here



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Monday, January 10, 2011

Our A-Z of Bushcraft videos on YouTube



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The boy who loved chickens

Just watched this beautiful film so check it out
Kirran lives on a farm, where he hand-rears chickens, writes wild stories and runs shoeless through the fields.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/filmnetwork/films/p00d2xf3

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Tories selling off half of the forests in UK

Forests sell-off plan by government is 'asset-stripping our natural heritage'
Many of England's best-loved forests and woodlands may be sold to large landowners, housing developers and international power companies in what could be the UK's greatest change of land ownership since the second world war.

Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, is expected to announce a new strategy later this week that will lay the foundations for more than 150,000 hectares of forest and other land owned by the state in England to be sold within three years.

Tonight, conservationists and opposition parties as well as landowners warned that the land sale would be a costly disaster unless stringent safeguards were put in place.

"If this means vast swathes of valuable forest being sold to private developers, it will be an unforgiveable act of environmental vandalism. Rather than asset-stripping our natural heritage, government should be preserving public access to it, and fostering its role in combating climate change and enhancing biodiversity," said Green MP Caroline Lucas.

The part-privatisation of the biggest landowner in England could raise around £250m at present land values. But charities and ecologists warned tonight that it could set back countryside protection and the restoration of ancient woodlands by many years if industry is allowed to cherry-pick the most profitable land and cut off funds now used for conservation and afforestation.

In addition landowners warned that the land could be snapped up by industrialists with no concern for the environment or landscape value. "I have no doubt that this is something our members would be interested in. What we would be concerned about is if the land is put on the market all at the same time. This would enable industrial landowners to buy them all up and aggressively control the market", said Mike Seville, forestry and woodland advisor for the Country Landowners' Association.

"This sale is likely raise a tiny amount but could do immeasurable damage and cost the nation dearly. This land will not be sold for anything like its real environmental and social value. There is no way the private sector is going to provide the same level of care [as the commission]," said Paul Hetherington, spokesman for the Woodland Trust.

Mark Avery, conservation director at the RSPB, said: "The future ownership and management of land that has high public value should be carefully considered. The proposed land sales are driven by the need to generate quick cash, but they must not be at the expense of protecting our natural capital, which is irreplaceable."

Whitehall sources confirmed that privatisation would be an element of the plan, which is due to be announced within days, but said it will not be a complete sell-off of forestry land.

Mary Creagh, the shadow environment secretary, said: We are concerned developers will cherry pick the most profitable land and we will see huge pressure for development in sensitive places. The environment is going to pay a high price for its settlement in the recent spending review."

Both the Thatcher and Major governments tried to privatise the Forestry Commission in the 1980s and 1990s but failed following intense pressure from conservation groups and lack of interest by industry.

Since then, however, land has become more valuable, not just for timber but for providing "environmental services" such as flood control, climate change measures and amenity.

In England the commission is subsidised by £30m a year, but generates an additional £63m a year in income. A government economic study released earlier this year calculated that it provides £2,100 in value per hectare per year if benefits such as erosion protection, pollution absorption, carbon sequestration, health provision are included.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/24/forests-government-heritage-private-developers

Get active here
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/content/save-our-forests-briefing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11653679

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Undercover cop halts court case against eco-activists

Trial collapses after undercover officer changes sides
By Meirion Jones BBC Newsnight

Mark Kennedy Pc Mark Kennedy worked undercover in the green movement for a number of years.The trial of six green campaigners has collapsed after an undercover policeman who had infiltrated their group offered to give evidence on their behalf.
The six were charged with conspiring to shut down the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham in 2009.

The case was due to start on Monday, but was abandoned after Pc Mark Kennedy contacted the defence team to say he would be prepared to help them.
The prosecution subsequently dropped their case.
Mr Kennedy had been intimately involved in the green movement since 2000.
He was known to those within it as Mark "Flash" Stone, having earned the nickname because he always seemed to have more money than the other activists.

He lived a double life: as Mark Kennedy of the Metropolitan Police and as Mark Stone, green activist, based in Nottingham.He would disappear for extended periods, saying he had to visit his "brother" in the United States.In October 2010, Mr Kennedy was confronted by some of the activists after they found documents which revealed his true identity.

He admitted he had been a Met Police officer and had infiltrated their organisations, before then disappearing.Danny Chivers, who was one of the six defendants in the failed case, said Mr Kennedy was not just an observer, but an agent provocateur.

"We're not talking about someone sitting at the back of the meeting taking notes - he was in the thick of it."

Speaking about the Ratcliffe-on-Soar protest, Mr Chivers said: "Mark Stone was involved in organising this for months - they could have stopped it at the start."

Instead, Mr Chivers said the police officer helped recruit as many people as possible.

He also drove a reconnaissance party to the power station in his van and then hired a truck for the main protest, Mr Chivers added.

The activists' plan was to try to shut down the coal-fired power station for a few days as a protest against global warming.
Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station Twenty people were convicted over the Ratcliffe-on-Soar case last year

But in April 2009, when 114 people had gathered for a meeting at the Iona School in Nottingham, hundreds of police swooped on the building and arrested them all for "conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass".

Twenty were convicted late last year.

Ratcliffe-on-Soar was one of many actions in Britain and across Europe which Mr Kennedy was involved in, including the protests against the G8 summit at Gleneagles in 2005 which helped give birth to the Climate Camp movement.

"He was one of the key people setting up Gleneagles 2005," said Mr Chivers, who also claimed the undercover officer drove protesters there in his van.
'Violated'

Activist websites are full of denunciations of Mr Kennedy by former close friends.

There is some abuse, but most say they feel "violated", "betrayed" and "sickened".

One writes: "He must be a deeply conflicted individual."

When confronted, Mr Kennedy told the activists he left the police after the Nottingham arrests in 2009.

It is unclear whether this is true, or where he is now, but contacted the activists' defence team to say he would be prepared to help their case.

When the defence then asked the prosecution to disclose full details of Mr Kennedy's activities the prosecution dropped the case.The Met Police are refusing to comment officially on Mr Kennedy.
Read more
Find out more on BBC2's Newsnight at 2230 GMT on 10 January

Read statement from Bindmans- their legal support


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Friday, January 07, 2011

Eco Film Fesitval

There are currently four categories for 2011

* Main Feature – Trophy.
* Best Short – Trophy.
* Best Newcomer – Trophy.
* Under 18 – Trophy

To enter a film, please download this application form (PDF format 177kb).

The main feature is a film over 14 minutes in length that has a mountainous, outdoor, environmental or ecological theme to it. It must have been made within the last four years and not have been entered in LLAMFF previously.
A short is a film that is 14 minutes long or under, that has a mountainous, outdoor, environmental or ecological theme to it. It must have been made within the last four years and not have been entered in Llamff previously.
http://www.llamff.co.uk/film.htm



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Thursday, January 06, 2011

How drugs works.

Documentary using visual effects and CGI to examine the effects of cannabis, revealing whether it is addictive, if it destroys our memories and if it can lead to psychosis.

This series uses visual effects and CGI and, for the first time ever, takes the viewer on an entire trip from start to finish inside the human body. With testimony from people who enjoy using the drug and those who have become addicted, the programme reveals how cannabis takes over the inner workings of the brain, creating mind-warping and heart-racing effects.

With exclusive access to cutting edge scientific research, it confronts the myths and controversies that surround cannabis, reveals whether it is addictive, if it destroys our memories and finds out if it can even lead to psychosis.

Part of the Dangerous Pleasures season on BBC Three.
More Programme Information
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x9ddq/How_Drugs_Work_Cannabis/

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Banksy- drugs for Prince Charles




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Independent cinema closes after harry potter disaster

The Royal Playhouse Cinema, which has entertained holidaymakers in Tenby on rainy days for almost a century, has closed for good.Manager Steve Williams said small independent cinemas could no longer compete with multiplexes.

He said he knew the writing was on the wall when only 12 people turned up for the opening night of the latest Harry Potter film just before Christmas.
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Immigration films wanted

Refuge in Films is calling for films produced between January 2008 and
April 2011, on the subjects of Immigration, Refuge and Displacement. The
call is open to national and international filmmakers from all backgrounds.
The festival will run during Refugee Week 2011 in June at the BFI
Southbank.

The deadline is 30th March, 2011.
Please send your film in DVD format, two stills in JPEG format and a
submission form that you can find in this link:

Address:
Refuge in Films 2011
357 Kennington Lane
London
SE11 5QY

For more information: www.refugeinfilms.org
or contact Beatriz Villate at:
refugeinfilms@gmail.com

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Remake your fave movie in 60seconds

Jameson and Empire Magazine have clubbed together again to present their
Done in 60 Seconds competition, where filmmakers are asked to re-make their
favourite (or not so favourite) blockbuster movie into a mere minute of
screen time. As you can imagine, there's quite a lot of scope for a fun
weekend shoot with some friends. You can watch last year's winning film
here http://bit.ly/hgsypH.

Jameson are not expecting budgeted shorts or glossy production values,
they just want you to have some fun and make something short and
entertaining.

If you've not entered an upload competition before, Jameson and Empire
have come together to offer the Jameson Empire Film Academy " an online
tool featuring helpful tips and video interviews from major movie actors
and directors.

Five shortlisted entries will be judged and announced, winning an
invitation to attend the Jameson Empire Awards in March. One winner (make
it a Shooter!) will be chosen by a panel of established filmmakers and
Empire magazine editor Mark Dinning on the night, and have the opportunity
to meet some top industry talent. It all looks very glam.
To enter, visit http://bit.ly/dI4XgX.

Deadline: 29th January 2011.


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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

£300k bill for police snooping on protesters

More than 114 campaigners were arrested on Easter Monday 2009, hours before some planned to invade a nottingham power station, immobilise the coal conveyer belts and scale the chimney.The controversial policing operation followed months of surveillance, cost £300,000 and resulted in the largest number of pre-emptive arrests of political activists in the UK. The majority of those arrested were released without charge.

In court the prosecution questioned the course of action proposed by the activists, arguing that direct action planned would "disengage ordinary people" and asking why they had not instead sought to enlist the support of a celebrities such as Cheryl Cole or Sir Paul McCartney.
What a load of bollox!

The Environmental activists were spared jail today after a judge declared they acted with "the highest possible motives".Good to see some common sense prevailing.
Read more here

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Bushcraft video series gaining popularity

Making a popular video series for online distribution is hard work- there is a lot of competition for eyeballs out there but our A-Z of Bushcraft series seems to be working.

The viewings on the A-Z are growing a lot now- the last video i uploaded on Dec 23 to the A-Z of Bushcraft website has had 9000 viewings. The same video on our YouTube page already has 2500 so it is looking good.

we now need some good ideas for skills to produce videos under the following letters
G, N and Y

So any suggestions, please let us now in the comments page below or via http://azbushcraft.com/

Cheers
Paul


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Old camcorders wanted for Africa

I got this email this morning -

WAYout is a charity working in Sierra Leone, offering training in digital
media and supporting street and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to gain
skills and tell their stories. Only problem is Sierra Leone does not have
much in the way of kit. Are you having a new year clear out? Do you have
any old cameras you no longer use? As long as they still work they will
find a home either with those wanting to one day work in media or for the
street to street project which puts street kids in touch with school
students here in the UK.

Please get in touch for details of what is needed
but pretty much anything will be put to good use. Donations will be
collected in London. Next trip to Sierra Leone leaving 14th
January. You will be able to off set the value of anything donated against tax as we are a registered charity number 1123777.

Visit www.wayoutarts.org or www.streettostreet.org to see what they do. Contact
info at wayoutarts.org or hazel.chandler at btinternet.com.


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Monday, January 03, 2011

Stunning photos of a city decaying

Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of Detroit,a major American city

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/jan/02/photography-detroit#/?picture=370173054&index=0


Proof that all Empires do fall into the dust.

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Joe Public attacks news reporter in London

If you don't like the bullshit the news produces, then make your point heard..like this guy perhaps?



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