Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bono- a poem

Just found a brilliant poem about Bono - made me chuckle. This is just one verse..

So the first thing he did was come up with a name
That would dovetail just so with his imminent fame.
“My real name – Paul – just won’t do. Oh no.
From now on (such trumpets will sound!) I am Bono.
In truth, Bono Vox. Let the minions rejoice!”
(Translated, it means in bad Latin, ‘good voice’.)


Then he gathered around him a tight little band:
A bassist so drunk he could just about stand
A good-looking drummer who couldn’t quite play
And a balding guitarist with a pedal delay
With a pedal delay with a pedal delay.
They named the band U2.
With a pedal delay.

Read the rest of it...
http://www.chumba.com/blog/index.php?itemid=18

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Strike a light..

Unions say up to two million public sector workers are to take part in the strike today.

Speaking from Brussels, Chancellor George Osborne told BBC Breakfast:
"The strike is not going to achieve anything, it's not going to change anything. It is only going to make our economy weaker and potentially cost jobs.

So when the Royals declare a national holiday in 2012 and shut everything down, this won't affect the economy. But if the people do it to save their pensions and demand better conditions then the economy will become weaker.How does that work?

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Who bombed Judi Bari?- movie

A news anchor reports while graphic news coverage of a terrorist car bomb attack in 1990 in Oakland, CA is shown. Two Earth First! activists are immediately blamed by the FBI for bombing themselves. We learn that the victim/suspects Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney have later sued the FBI and Oakland Police and that Judi Bari is now dying of cancer before her case goes to trial. Weak though defiant, she gives her deposition, on camera, just a month before she dies.
http://whobombedjudibari.com/index.htm

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Racist woman captured on camera

A 34 year old woman has been arrested for allegedly making racist comments to other passengers on a packed tram. The incident was filmed and posted online, prompting police to investigate.Emma West, of New Addington, Croydon, was accused of a racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Invite us to come & show films in Swansea for your group

If you live in Swansea, you can watch the films online at http://swanseatelly.org/, or you can go to a public screening of films. You can even invite Undercurrents to come and do a FREE screening for your to group in Swansea. Perhaps you have a
special event organised? Would a film screening interest your group?

If you would like to know more about the Swansea Telly project; find out
if you qualify for training or would like to book a screening for your
club or group, please contact Helen or D on 01792 455900 /
helen@undercurrents.org

Undercurrents video trainer D Murphy has travelled to the House of Lords
to receive her £5000 prize and the title of "Digital Hero" in a national
competition hosted by TalkTalk. The award is for her role in Swansea
Telly.

Swansea Telly is an internet TV station for people in and around Swansea
to have their say about their lives and what is important to them.

The project is funded by Communities 2.0 and has been delivering training
to individuals in Swansea who are at risk of digital exclusion. The
website now boasts over a hundred short films by local people.





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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Don't underestimate the power of a good story



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Addicted To Money: Episode 1 Trailer



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1993 and now

Back in 1993 when we created Undercurrents, our daily lives were so different from today. There was no internet, few mobile phones, no iPhones or i- anythings for that matter and only a tiny number of laptops. There was no YouTube, Facebook or Google.

Geo-politically, China was still largely a closed economy, as was India. Brazil was a pariah nation in default, rather than the second-fastest-growing country in the world that it is today. And things are changing more rapidly still.

For example, in the past year, 246 million new internet users were registered in China. This means that more people began to use the internet in China last year alone than there are actual internet users in the whole of the US. China added more users in one year than there are users in the US. Imagine what this means.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Now fancy that!

When the government decide we can have a day off for the royal wedding it doesn't damage the economy, but when the workers decide to strike for a day it costs the UK economy half a billion.... Is there something funny going on?

Meanwhile this is a very useful graph to show who owes what in the Eurozone

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How the reporting of the Reporting of Occupy movement is being blocked by US Police

The National Union of Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate possible federal involvement with law enforcement practices that appeared to target journalists. The New York Times reported that "New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers" covering protests. Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding. Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that "It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk."
Read more

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Exciting arts project coming to Wales in 2012

Adain Avion promo video from Celf Cymru ~ Arts Wales on Vimeo.

http://www.adainavion.org/
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Police use of Pepper Spray

As Photoshop does justice to Lt. John Pike the US cop who sprayed toxic chemicals into the eyes of people posing no threat, this is the video of the incident.


People were so outraged that they published the cops details online as follows-
Lieutenant John Pike Address: 4005 Cowell Blvd, Apt 616. Davis, CA 95618-6017 Phone: 530-752-3989 Cell: 530-979-0184 RCRDCAIFAMD DAVIS NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS einetter.r@hotmail.com Skype: japike3

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2065628/Lt-John-Pike-Pepper-spray-cops-home-address-phone-number-email-posted-online.html#ixzz1eijc9Waj



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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Digital Hero awards 2011- D gets her gong

D gets her gong inside House of Lords
Photo with Editor of the Mirror, an MP, D, CEO of Talk Talk and Lastminute.com founder Martha lane Fox.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fund for Journalism documentaries

The new Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.
We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.
Read more

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Rebellious Media Conference DVD with Chomsky

The organisers of the Rebellious Media Conference (www.radicalmediaconference.org) are producing a fundraising DVD to help defray the costs of putting the conference on.

This will contain both Noam Chomsky’s keynote address (including Q&A session) and the closing plenary, which he was also part of, as well as speeches by other major figures including Michael Albert, coordinator of ZCommunications, one of the world’s biggest radical websites. The DVD case will, for environmental reasons, be made of card.
You can order the DVD on-line now for £13.50, including p&p at:
http://tinyurl.com/buythermcdvd

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Undercurrents are in House of Lords tomorrow

Usually our cameras are filming outside the building but tomorrow the undercurrents crew will be inside the House of Lords tomorrow. We are collecting a Digital Hero award for our work on Swansea Telly
Check out all the winners from around the UK and Ireland


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Monday, November 21, 2011

How to dodge arrest in a protest



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Grant for arts projects

The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom. The Trust will consider applications from registered charities in the UK, and offers grants of up to £5,000. The next deadline for applications is 24 February 2012. For more information visit: www.idlewildtrust.org.uk

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Speakers wanted for media conference in 2012

Documentary Now! has joined forces with Open City London Documentary
Festival, the new documentary film festival in London running from 21-24
June 2012. Join us for Documentary Now! and qualify for a discounted
delegates pass with access to all events and screenings at Open City.
For more information on Open City: www.opencitylondon.com.

Dates: 20-21 June 2012
Conference Location: UCL, Central London

Documentary Now! brings together scholars, filmmakers, students, and
interested members of the public to discuss current trends in documentary
film, from the return of documentary as a theatrical box office phenomenon,
to broadcast television, the web, and beyond. It explores questions of
industry, audiences, aesthetics, political engagement, documentary's
relationship to the mainstream media and other many other issues. Whats
new in documentary? Where is documentary headed?

This year's theme is Revolution Now! The organizers welcome anything tied
to this theme as well as all proposals related in one way or another to the
topic of documentary (film, video, audio, digital, photographic,
interactive, etc).

Themes may include:
Activism and aesthetics
Propaganda and counter propaganda
YouTube, Social Media, and virtual revolution
Post-revolutionary documentary
Documentary as dissent
Politics of documentary/Documentary and 'the political'
Documentary and Social Movements
Genre and the commercial documentary
Character drive in recent documentary

If you would like to give a 20 minute presentation at the conference OR
send proposals for themed panels of 3-4 people, please send proposals
(including 250-300 word abstracts of papers) to
documentarynow2012@gmail.com. Workshops and performances also considered.

The deadline for proposals is January 31 2012.

There is no fee for attendance but registration is required.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Undercover cop in T-shirt shocker

This photo of ex-undercover Cop Mark Kennedy was discovered this week.While undercover he wore a black T-shirt with the slogan ACAB on sleeve- anyone who has come up against Police in a protest will understand what this means. It fits most appropriately with Mr Kennedy himself.
ACAB= All Cops Are Bastards

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Funds for projects in Wales

£5k Deadline November 30
http://www.wcva.org.uk/grants/dsp_grant_scheme.cfm?display_sitetextid=64&grantid=14

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Swansea Telly wins 2011 Digital Hero awards for Wales

D Murphy wins £5,000 grant from TalkTalk for new internet TV channel about life in Swansea.Swansea resident will be honoured at House of Lords ceremony
D and Swansea Telly is now in with the chance of winning the £10,000 grand prize

16th November 2011: Swansea resident D Murphy has been named the winner of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for Wales for her role in using digital technology to help others.

D Murphy received the most votes in Wales and has joined 11 other regional winners hoping to be crowned TalkTalk’s national Digital Heroes Awards 2011 winner at an event held on Thursday 24th November at the House of Lords.
As well as winning a technology grant of £5,000 to enhance her digital project, D is now in with a chance of winning the grand prize of £10,000, which is judged by a panel that includes dotcom entrepreneur and UK Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox, and TalkTalk Chairman Charles Dunstone.

Swansea Telly is a new TV channel that makes free videos about life in Swansea. All the videos have been produced by people from Swansea as part of a digital inclusion project funded by the Welsh Government communities 2.0 programme.

Swansea Telly hosts filmmaking workshops in care homes, adult learning centres and community centres all over Swansea. There are 16 volunteer trainers, who have helped 100s of people in Swansea in filmmaking and ICT. The £5,000 will be used to purchase new equipment, such as laptops and camcorders to enable more workshops to take place.
The channel has been supported by Communities 2.0 – the Welsh Government programme that is helping communities and small enterprises to make the most of the internet.

Mark Smith, Public Engagement Officer, Communities 2.0 said: “We are delighted for D and the rest of the Swansea Telly team in winning this award. Swansea Telly is a great example of how people can be introduced to digital technologies in a way that they are comfortable with. The work of Swansea Telly is fun but informative and provides a new and innovative way of sharing stories that matter to communities in Swansea.”

Dido Harding, TalkTalk CEO, said: “We would like to congratulate D, as well as our other 11 regional winners. The Digital Heroes Awards was designed to recognise and reward those who use digital technology to make a difference in their communities. We’ve seen some incredibly worthy causes and we are delighted that these projects are getting the recognition they fully deserve.”

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, run in conjunction with Citizens Online, is the only awards of its kind to celebrate inspirational people who are using digital technology to bring about positive social change.

The Twitter hashtag for the awards is #digitalheroes.
-Ends-

For media information, please contact:
Phil Szomszor / Chris Jarvis / Toby Clark
ttteam@citigatedr.co.uk


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Confessions of an Undercover Cop- my review

Mark Kennedy/Stone showed his documentary last night on Channel4. I say it is his documentary, as the named director Brian Hill never asked any serious questions and just let Kennedy ramble on. It was a video diary rather than a serious documentary.

There was very little actual archive footage with Kennedy in it - just a few photos of his face, rarely in any real situations. They dressed some actors up in cop outfits for any action scenes. The reconstructions were mostly a joke- even to the point of having an actress play his ex-girlfriend. I found that every insensitive. Surely if you are going to have an actress play the role of a real person-just give give an impression of who she is rather than a full view of the actresses face.

Slowly it dawned on me that this was a form of therapy for Kennedy. The guy became a cop at 19, then got into playing the role of a drug user to catch dealers. I reckon he loved his role as an actor. When his cover was blown after 7 years playing the role of an environmental activist, he just sought out a new gig- this time on TV.

The Channel 4 documentary was mostly illustrated with reconstructions with Kennedy playing the role of himself. This must have suited him very well. At last the world was seeing the real thespian that has been struggling to get out all these years. His acting role in the documentary was carefully scripted to play on the sympathy vote. This is a man who has lied, cheated and bought his way into campaigners trust. Now he was trying to do the same again with the wider public, this time through a TV screen. It was awful to see a film maker allow him to do it without challenging him.

The images of Kennedy looking in the mirror made me cringe- changing his appearance like a chameleon- just all a bit naff and 'am dram'.
It was a bit of a mess as a story too- one minute it was the Director Brian Hill narrating, then it was Kennedy narrating followed by him being interviewed. It left so many questions unasked.We needed someone really delving deep into his psychology- what made him go undercover against activists? What was the story behind his tattoos that he chose? What was his relationship with his Father who was also a cop?
There was so much more to be dragged out of the lying bastard which the director never even touched upon.

I guess since Kennedy was paid a lot of hard cash for appearing in the film that he could dictate what was in the film. The film was basically propaganda for an ex-cop. I am really glad that activists refused to be interviewed for the film.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

General Orders No. 9 (2009) official trailer HD HQ

A movie which has no stars behind it, no sex or drugs or cute animals, and it’s not about a controversial social issue.
” It’s abstract, meditative, gorgeous, thought-provoking, enormously moving and unlike anything you’ll see all year.—Michael Dunaway


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Stories from the Rainbow Warrior: Jailhouse Rockstar

If you like the Clash- check this out!



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The End of the Eurozone? - Panel discussion at European Zeitgeist 2011



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Gold Finger?

Between 1999 and 2002 Gordon Brown sold all of Britain’s gold reserves for around £2.2 billion. In today's market the same amount would be worth around £13 billion.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vetch Veg- Growing food on a football pitch

I spent Saturday digging into this brilliant project. This was entirely filmed on my phone


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Police snatch squads in protest

It seems that every protest now is over policed, with undercover cops forming snatch squads. Indymedia report on one case here

This is the moment several undercover police, dressed as protesters, drag a person from the crowd at the student demo on Nov 9. As is clear to see one cop is dragging the person by the throat while others hold his arms down. [All the cops are wearing blue wristbands]. More photos of the cops in black can be viewed here
Below is a former undercurrents cameraman getting attacked by the undercover cops. More photos are here
Video footage is here

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Undercover cop documentary to be shown on Channel 4 on Monday

More revelations of how the Police used a cop to spy in 22 countries.Police forces have secretive agreements to exchange undercover police officers across their borders.

Mark Kennedy told the documentary-makers that he helped to close down the popular Copenhagen Youth House community centre. Since the late 1890s, the four-storey red brick building had been the base for a variety of trade unions, women's groups, anarchists, anti-capitalist activists and musicians, and was visited by Lenin in 1910.

But it became the focus of huge controversy after the city council sold it to a rightwing Christian group and needed to evict the tenants. More than 650 people were arrested during three nights of clashes in 2007.

Kennedy said: "In Copenhagen, I got into a house full of squatters and gave the intelligence which allowed the police to storm the place." While undercover, he was hired by German police to infiltrate activists between 2004 and 2009, and reportedly committed two crimes including arson. The cases against him were dropped at the urging of the German authorities, who knew his real identity.

Kennedy – who was paid to tell his story in the Channel 4 documentary said he had no job after leaving the Metropolitan police, nor the prospect of any work. He said: "How can I expect people ever to trust me again?".
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Energy company EDF is fined 1.5 million euros for spying on activists

Energy company EDF is fined 1.5 million euros by a French court after being found guilty of spying on environmental group Greenpeace, as Science Correspondent Tom Clarke reports.Energy giant EDF hit by spying fine in Greenpeace espionage case
The espionage trial revealed that EDF had compiled a dossier on Greenpeace UK, which the environmental group said dated back to the period when the French company was moving into the British nuclear market.EDF owns and runs eight nuclear power stations in the UK.

Greenpeace said the lesson from the trial was that "no one is above the law", and urged countries like the UK not to work with the nuclear industry.
Read more

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Defend Grow Heathrow!

Grow Heathrow is an occupied community garden project on the edge of Heathrow Airport. It is currently under threat of eviction and due in court on the 17th November. Find out how you can help them defend the space.
Grow Heathrow (http://www.transitionheathrow.com/grow-heathrow/), the
squatted community garden project is up in court next Thursday and
facing possible eviction.
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Ben Law interview- an insight into an eco-pioneer

Ben's passion for permaculture living led him to live semi-outdoors for over ten years before obtaining planning permission to build a permanent woodland house in his beloved Prickly Nut Woods during 2002/3. UK's Channel 4 Grand Designs programme charted the construction of Ben's beautiful woodland house and propelled Ben from a humble woodsman to something of a celebrity (his house voted the most popular by viewers and Ben hand-cutting 12,000 wooden roof tiles probably helped).
Ben went from scratching a meagre living by producing charcoal and timber furniture to now training apprentices and running courses on sustainable woodland management, eco-building and permaculture design. He also runs "The Roundwood Timber Framing Company Limited" and is the author of four books and DVD presenter

Ben is winning. He is thriving and doing what he loves; creating a world he wants to see, a world with some hope for the next generation. Ben has become part of the permaculture campfire mythology. Listen to Ben's inspiration and compelling account of his winning journey.
http://www.knowingdoingwinning.com/index.cfm?page=23

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Lest we forget. Ken saro Wiwa was murdered by Shell on this day 16 years ago.

16 years ago today I took part in the blockade of a Shell garage in protest.
Lest we forget. Ken saro Wiwa was murdered by Shell on this day 16 years ago.

London--10 November 1995--The blood of Ken Saro-Wiwa will permanently stain the name of Shell. Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni were hanged morning in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

From a Greenpeace press release in 1995
"Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged today for speaking out against the environmental damage to the Niger Delta caused by Shell Oil through its 37 years of drilling in the region. Ken Saro Wiwa was campaigning for what Greenpeace considers the most basic of human rights: the right for clean air, land and water. His only crime was his success in bringing his cause to international attention," said Thilo Bode, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

Greenpeace warned that any protest in the Niger Delta today, non violent or otherwise, would likely be met with military force and further massacres. Bode appealed to General Sani Abacha to let the Ogoni people voice their grief without fear of violence and further deaths.

Don't buy Shell!

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Worldwide rebel song

This song is sweeping the streets.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Trader starts with choclates

This looks sweet! Barter economy here we come
Trade it up
9 November 2011 – 14 November 2011 – Wales
Coleg Llandrillo Media Students are each given a box of chocolates, they will then have 7 days to trade using the box of chocolates as a starting point. The teams which have made the most trades and also traded to the highest value will then have 1 hour to sell the item/s they have. Fantastic event to develop and enchance student networking, team work and enterprise skills
If you have any queries or would like to get involved please just drop me an e-mail at p.matthews@llandrillo.ac.uk

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Documentary Producers- distribution

Documentary Producers,

In the Documentary & Film Library at www.ForwardInTime.com, we currently
have approximately 350 titles in 22 educational categories. To date we have
sold our documentary and independent film titles to almost 1000 schools and
libraries in the US, Canada, Australia & NZ.What we believe sets us apart
from more traditional documentary distributors is:

In 2011, we've added 12 new films to our Documentary & Film Library and
are now looking for 2 or 3 more quality docs for the winter/spring 2012
semester.

(1) We offer our producers a 40% royalty which is double what at the vast
majority of distributors offer.

(2) We do not force producers to sign a 2-3 year exclusive agreement. We
are only interested in selling programs to specific markets and allow
producers to opt out in 45 days if they are unhappy with the our marketing
efforts.

(3) Producers have the option to supply the DVDs for sale or to have us
handle the duplication and printing for them.

If any producers have documentaries or independent films they believe can
help promote discussion or raise awareness in college classrooms, you can
check out the related categories on our web site and send us a DVD screener
to review or email us a link to watch the film online.

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Women short film festival

The tickets for UnderWire Festival are now on sale!
UnderWire, the UK's only short film festival dedicated to showcasing the
raw cinematic talents of women, have announced their 2011 programme running
23 - 26 November at The Shortwave Cinema in London, featuring an eclectic
mix of genres, themes and aesthetic styles across seven short film strands.

With awards for Best Director, Best Producer, Best Writer, Best Editor,
Best Cinematographer, Best Composer and Best Film Journalist, the festival
hopes to move the UK film community towards a more gender balanced
industry, which recognises and encourages the work of women working across
a range of crafts in the UK.

The films in this year's festival look at issues ranging from national
identity (The Cake, Sunday), female sexuality (First Bite, Nocturn), adolescence (Biatch, I Luv Matt Johnson) and social responsibility (N25, Himalayan Sisters),
bringing together work that looks to plant the seeds of engagement and
discussion for everyone who attends over the four days in November.

Alongside the film programme, UnderWire is hosting a day of affordable
industry events on Saturday 26 November at The Shortwave Cinema and The
Bermondsey Square Hotel. Sessions include 'Ladies First: Representation of
Women in Music Videos', 'A Room of Her Own: Writing Leading Ladies', and
'The Feminist and the Flirt: Performance Video Art', amongst others.
To see the programme, buy tickets and learn more, visit
http://bit.ly/s3sTGp



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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Story of broke

The United States isn’t broke; they’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, their economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, they continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of public tax money.


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Help get the over 65's online

The Nominet Trust has launched a £250k Challenge to support projects
which focus on older people aged 65+ and the internet. Its priorities
are:

- Using the internet to address specific social problems facing older people
- Designing new and better ways for older people to access and use the internet
- Developing and using technologies familiar to older people that may
have internet functionality such as projects that use IPTV or internet
radio.

Applications from £1,000-£250,000 will be considered.
Your project must meet the Nominet Trust’s general funding criteria
and respond to the recommendations in ‘The internet and an ageing
population’ State of Art review (see the Nominet Trust website for
more information on these).

Deadline: 1 February 2011 for first stage applications

Contact: Nominet Trust
Telephone: 01865 334 000
Email: enquiries@nominettrust.org.uk
Website: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/nominet-trust-£250k-challenge

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Police given plastic bullets against student protests

WTF is going on in the corridors of power? The tories must be worried that revolution is coming.

Baton rounds of plastic bullets will be available to police chiefs in an attempt to prevent disorder from breaking out in the capital during the latest round of student fees protests.

Trained officers will be free to use baton rounds for "extreme" measures as 10,000 protesters march through London on Wednesday to voice their anger over tuition fees and cuts.
Read more

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Former police spy cancels visit to documentary film festival

This is from a translation of a Danish article.
The British policeman Mark Kennedy, who for years infiltrated activist groups, has canceled his visit to the Festival Copenhagen DOX. This follows protests from Danish and British climate activists.

Protests from the Danish and British climate activists lead to the former British police agent Mark Kennedy still not come to Denmark.The highly controversial policeman has over seven years infiltrated activist circles in several European countries - including Denmark.

He should have participated in a debate event at the time being in Copenhagen DOX Film Festival for the world premiere of the movie "Undercover Cop".- Mark Kennedy apparently realized or decided that it would not be safe for him to come to Denmark, says program officer at the festival, Nicholas Engstrom, to Modkraft.

The cancellation comes after activist network Climate Collective has spoken to Modkraft that the undercover officer is not welcome in Denmark.Meanwhile, climate activists in England protested against Mark Kennedy's participation in the documentary film festival and via Climate Collective have published a statement on the matter.
Mark Kennedy is accused of consistently lying about his time among left-wing activists, while also earning large sums for his media performances - including the movie "Undercover Cop"."Clifford (PR agent, Ed.) Kennedy secured a large fee for this documentary matter what quality it had. But having spent years lying and now have lost the feel for what is true and false, then neither the former police colleagues or activists wanted to have something with this movie. It is a shame that a well-respected film festival being compromised by a documentary with so doubtful a starting point "

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BIG Launches Millennium Now Programme (UK)

The Big Lottery Fund, together with Channel 4 has launched the
Millennium Now programme. The programme is based on public feedback on
how £10 million of Lottery funding should be spent. Through the
programme, registered charities can apply for one of five grants of
between £1,500,000 and £2,000,000 for projects running over two years.
To be eligible applications must fit one of the following project types.
These are:

Helping disadvantaged families to be healthy and live well;
Helping different generations to share their skills with each other;
Getting communities volunteering to address environmental issues;
Bringing communities together to tackle local issues; and
Helping disadvantaged young people to learn new career-based skills.


In addition successful applicants must meet all three of the following
outcomes:

Creating stronger connections between people and communities
Developing creative projects that have UK-wide relevance
Communities are involved in designing and delivering projects

The journeys of the five organisations that receive funding from the
programme will be filmed by Channel 4 for a new five-part series which
will air in late-2012. Organisations that are thinking of applying will
need to show willingness to be filmed throughout the development of
their project as this is a key requirement of the programme.

The closing date for applications is the 13th December 2011. For more
information visit:
http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_millennium_now?tab=1®ioncode=-uk

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Former cop Mark kennedy to appear in Copenhagen film festival

Mark Kennedy (mark stone) who was the undercover cop outed in the UK this year will appear in copenhagen next week for the screening of a documentary about him. The film will be screened the 12th and 13th of november in copenhagen, and he along with the filmmaker will be making an appearance.
Mark Kennedy will be making an 'appearance' in copenhagen for the world premier of a movie about him by filmmaker Brian Hill.

more information on the movie screening is available at
http://www.cphdox.dk/d/film.lasso?ser=1676&s=2011112&e=1


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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Gene Sharp - How to Start a Revolution Trailer


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Funding for Green projects

Grimple's Green Grants Scheme
Through the Scheme, the Green Insurance Company wishes to encourage 'green behaviour' and is looking for individuals and organisations to get involved in their community and surrounding natural environment. The company is looking for environmentally-friendly green projects across the United Kingdom that it can fund and support.
This year, there is an overall budget of £40,000 available for distribution. Individual grants of up to £2,000, plus a special one off grant of up to £10,000, will be allocated to fund a variety of initiatives. Ideas include anything from creating a community garden, to reducing food miles by growing vegetables or establishing a wildlife garden to encourage biodiversity back into gardens.
Those in urban areas might wish to develop a project to increase awareness of environmental issues and educate the younger generation so that they develop good habits early. The scheme could also be used to fund energy efficiency improvements in energy inefficient buildings where community meetings take place.

Individuals and non-profit organisations in the UK, undertaking projects with a clear green element are eligible to apply to this scheme.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 30th November 2011.
For more information, please visit: http://www.greeninsurancegiving.co.uk/

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Undercover or under the carpet?

So now we have got into double figures - the number of inquiries into undercover policing of protest groups has climbed to 12. It's hard to keep track of all of them, so we thought that it would be useful to list them. We will update this list if or when more are announced.
Read them all here

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Brit Cops think they are in a Hollywood movie

Once again cops get away with crime.
Six members of a Metropolitan police crime squad under investigation in a major anti-corruption inquiry are to keep their jobs after being found guilty at a secret disciplinary hearing of smashing up a suspect's car with a baseball bat and a pickaxe handle.
At least one of the officers is seen wearing an anorak with the words "Crime Squad" written in white across the back in a homemade copy of the jackets worn in some American police dramas.
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Revolution, subversive action and protest- film competition

Current TV is re-launching its short documentary strand as Current Short
Cuts, and to celebrate they've teamed up with Vimeo for an exciting new
competition.Whether a fun, quirky portrait or an observational access piece, Current
are looking for films that touch on the themes of revolution, subversive
action and protest. Deadline is November 30th!

We will announce 6 winners who will receive the following prize package:
- 1000 cash
- Your film will be shown on Current at least 20 times
- The chance to create an advert on Current TV to promote your next film,
crowd-funding project, or production company with the help of Current's
in-house production facilities.

Full brief and resources here: http://current.com/shortcuts/
Join competition and upload here: http://vimeo.com/groups/currentshortcuts




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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

St Pauls occupy camp given notice to quit

Protesters encamped outside St Paul's Cathedral will be given an ultimatum on Tuesday: remove your tents in two days or face court action.
The City of London Corporation is expected to serve legal papers on them the day after it warned them to remove their tents from land it owns around the cathedral. The home secretary, Theresa May, gave the authorities her full support on Tuesday morning.
"The police and the church and the Corporation of London need to work together to clear the protest as soon as possible," she told ITV's Daybreak. "Obviously what we've heard today, I think, is that legal action is being taken."
The eviction moves follow the resignation of the cathedral's dean, the Right Rev Graeme Knowles. He became the third cleric to leave his post as a result of the Occupy London protest, after the canon chancellor of St Paul's, Giles Fraser, and the part-time chaplain Fraser Dyer.
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