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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Toast Of The Day

George Best, a legend at 17,
wouldn't have it any other way!
Georgie, Bestie We love ya Son!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Another Mother Damnable Returns

Old Mother Damnable on the Sky-Top
Wringing her dish-clouts or twirling her mop
Or astride her broom-stick a notable Roarer
With her grim duffel Cloak (vide Juvenal’s Satires)
Be-trimmd and be-flounced with it’s own rags and tatters
Blown over her head and streaming before her
She gallop’d away, on the scent of the booty,
Right over the deck
Of a Goodwin sands Wreck
To stop the poor soul that had not paid the duty

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Alias
Silas Tomkyn Comberbache

Lindt and Sprungli

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Mmmmmmm

Annual Anarchists Ball

1st Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Assembly@Dec 3rd
Saturday 03rd December, ULU (Room 3D), 2pm - 6pm

The UK regime is quickly constructing a dystopian web of repression.
Today's ASBOs, injunctions and exclusion zones will soon be joined by
biometric ID cards, internment, blanket powers of arrest and summary
justice. Laws against 'religious hatred', 'harassment' and 'glorification
of terror' will criminalise dissenting views. Shoot-to-kill policies
and Civil Contingencies powers reframe state executions as necessary to
maintain order and preserve the official way of life, it no longer
matters whether the accused is guilty.

This cannot go on unchallenged, people should not be afraid of their
governments, governments should be afraid of their people. An organised
anarchist response to this situation has the potential to alter the
balance of power long after the last car stops burning, we must create
a real state of emergency and destroy this authoritarianism. With
organisation, defiance, and open resistance we always win.

This is an invitation for an open dialogue between all anarchist and
anti-authoritarians to discuss how we resist the authoritarianism of
the state in our day to day lives, in our local communities, and on an
international level. We need to co-ordinate our activities and actions,
and work together to start creating a world we desire, and destroy the
one the rich have engineered.

The agenda for the meeting is open for all to contribute to, please
email agenda proposals to an_assembly@hushmail.com.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

As The World Turns

To Do List

I’ve just declared the painting finished in the dining room, and I’m pleased with it, the ceiling is white and bright again and the colour I chose is Eden which is kinda green, the effect is very fresh and I like it, Ok I did get carried away and painted under the dado rail in the hallway but that looks bright and fresh too.

I went to see about hiring a sander today, the cost is not too bad but goodness knows how I’ll operate it! Being left handed makes all these things more complicated, so I’ll have to concentrate! Or perhaps just ask for HELP! The floorboards are good though so I think it’ll look lovely and cosy with polished boards.

Those are the major jobs before Chrimbo, which has once again crept up on me. Still I’ve managed to celebrate Eid, Divali, the Pagan festivals and am well on my way to making life one long celebration Yo Ho Santa!

World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day and again I am devastated by the memory of the loss of a best beloved friend.

DeeDee you are sadly missed, I try and remember your example, your spirit, your joy of life but it’s hard when you’re not here, life was always fun with you.

Sometimes you feel so close to me, and I know you are still taking care of the children I can almost hear you “Big up yerself Rude boy!” “It’s all good” as you help children cross the veil.

I thought of you when the Tsunami struck and I knew you'd be there and working hard.

Bless your life Dee, thanks for being a true friend to me.

St Agnes Place Update and Links

"DEMO DEMO DEMO DEMO...
PROTEST THE EVICTION OF ST. AGNES PLACE
at LAMBETH COUNCIL'S HOUSING COMITTEE MEETING
LAMBETH TOWN HALL, ACRE LANE, BRIXTON
MONDAY 5 DECEMBER 2005, 7PM SHARP

St, Agnes Place, the last squatted street in South London, occupied
for 30 years, was evicted by Lambeth Council, with the help of several
hundred police, on Tuesday 29th November. This long-standing community
in a street of victorian houses next to Kennington Park, is to be
demolished to make way for modern housing - supposedly mostly social
housing, although this remains to be seen.

The cops turned up at 10 am and smashed their way into most of the
houses. Supporters gathered outside the huge cordon, but little could be done.

By mid afternoon there were still three houses resisting the eviction, as
residents and supporters pledged to hold for as long as they could. But
later in the evening, reports came in that the last resisting squatter
had been removed from the remaining occupied house in an ambulance, as the
eviction was brutality completed. He was taken to hospital after he was
badly beaten on the head with truncheons.

Meanwhile 50 ex-residents and supporters picketed the town Hall in the
evening.

The Council justify their destruction of sound houses and a compact
community by saying the squatters cost them so many millions in unpaid
rent... But in 1977, the council would have knocked the lot down and
levelled the area if the squatters had not resisted the wrecking ball
and occupied the Town Hall. There would never have been any houses to
pay rent on!

We don't expect sense from Lambeth Council, whose long record is well
known: destruction of housing, persecution of squatters who make homes
out of the flats and houses they abandon, and flogging off social
housing to developers in their ongoing campaign to gentrify as much of
the area as they can.

And if they care so much about the money, what about the £3 million lost to the council through careless payment of a contractor who took the money, did no work, and ran? A scandal in which Councillor keith Fitchett is centrally involved, this is the man who recently called St Agnes residents "parasites". Hi Pot, this is Kettle calling.

The Housing Committee meets on Monday night. We think we'll pay them a
visit to discuss their decision to destroy liveable houses and make
200 people homeless. We hope you'll come and join us.

BRING BANNERS, PLACARDS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, NOISE MAKING EQUIPMENT, LOUD VOICES AND DEFINITELY ATTITUDE.

ST. AGNES PLACE LIVES ON IN OUR HEARTS
SOUTH LONDON STRESS

Councillor KEITH FITCHETT says the people of St Agnes Place are
"PARASITES",
Let him know how you feel
telephone: 020 7733 9681
fax: 020 7738 4436
email: councillor@fitchett.net
surgery: Every Thursday 6.30pm to 7.15pm, North Lambeth Town Centre
Office,
20 Newburn Street, SE11
More info on the History and Eviction of St Agnes place can be seen at
www.stagnesplace.net
and at
www.indymedia.org.uk"

Reality Bites

When I left my house this morning there was no traffic at the end of the road, apparently most of this part of London has been affected, you’ll never believe what happened a water pipe blew up around the corner from my house for real!

I walked down and looked, it was on Amen Corner, just up from the Ramblers Inn, there was a crater in the road, no kidding, about 5 foot by 8 foot, three or four feet deep and gushing water every where, thank the Lady no one was hurt. Though apparently this has happened before locally.

But when I checked on the news, nothing, still nothing, I haven’t seen the Standard yet but I’ll bet there will be nothing. I suppose it doesn’t suit the Government to let Londoners know that what we really need to be concerned about is exploding water mains not bird flu or terrorists.

Perhaps because Thames Water would then have to get their house in order and start repairing and renewing the infrastructure of the Victorian drains that are still serving us so well. That would mean spending money and the millions of pounds taken from people to pay for our water would then not result in such huge profits.

GRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

**Update just as I thought nothing on the news and guess what? No Water.

***Update 2/12 Still no traffic, but it's peaceful down there now and people are enjoying being able to wander across the road at whim

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Diwali Celebration

Diwali Celebration

November 30th, 2005

Color of the day: Brown
Incense of the day: Coriander

Diwali is a two-week long celebration of the Hindu people that teaches people to vanquish ignorance by driving away the darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. Diwali is a festival of lights, and the word is derived from the Sanskrit words deepa, meaning "light," and avali meaning "row." Set up hanging lamps or as many candles in a row as possible to encourage the presence of Diwali. Welcome Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, who is linked to this celebration. Lakshmi is embodied by basil, rice, coins, and other symbols of prosperity and fertility. To invoke the blessings of Lakshmi during Diwali infuse one cup basil leaves in four cups of water, and strain. Add one-half teaspoon of peppermint and basil essential oils. Wash floors and walls with Lakshmi's spiritual wash.

By: Stephanie Rose Bird

LVX~A~

Elephant Talk

Talk, it’s only talk
Arguments, agreements, advice, answers,
Articulate announcements
It’s only talk
Talk, it’s only talk
Babble, burble, banter, bicker bicker bicker
Brouhaha, boulderdash, ballyhoo
It’s only talk
Back talk
Talk talk talk, it’s only talk
Comments, cliches, commentary, controversy
Chatter, chit-chat, chit-chat, chit-chat,
Conversation, contradiction, criticism
It’s only talk
Cheap talk
Talk, talk, it’s only talk
Debates, discussions
These are words with a d this time
Dialogue, dualogue, diatribe,
Dissention, declamation
Double talk, double talk
Talk, talk, it’s all talk
Too much talk
Small talk
Talk that trash
Expressions, editorials, expugnations, exclamations, enfadulations
It’s all talk
Elephant talk, elephant talk, elephant talk

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/k/king-crimson/78581.html

For Shame

I popped over to Kennington this morning, to be a witness really, as to how £5,000,000 was being stolen from the good people, Babylon were there playing their silly games even trying to put the ‘fluence on Damnable Jr, can you imagine? He’s fine we found a ball and played ball games in the park and left the contamination alone.

We met some lovely people each confused as to how so much money could be spent on such a huge police operation and yet there is never money for repairs or play areas for the children, no money for the young men and women to have a community area, but always enough money for destruction.

I played my own game for a while, popping up behind police lines, clearing the atmosphere, sending love, we watched and waited.

You can’t kill the spirit,
She is like the mountain
Old and strong and she
Goes on and on and on
and on and on and on

A small enough thing to do I know, I just hope I helped, remember that those also serve who only stand and wait.

"Almost everything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." -

Mohandas K. 'Mahatma' Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Oh for the Wisdom of Solomon

As I watch the news tonight I wonder how we can unravel the tangled threads?

I hear my brothers and sisters in Iraq, I feel for their pain and I ask that Lord Mohamed and My Lady Fatima please lend their wisdom. I am reminded of my time in the Middle East and I remember so well the beauty and wisdom and the unfailing kindness I was shown and I know families who live happily alongside brothers and sisters in Saudia as neighbours living happily together.

My heart breaks again as I hear of my Brother and sisters, the Elephants again to be murdered, why? Why? The Mothers already stolen, great tradition and love almost lost. A Sanctuary promised and again betrayal, again and again.

The police, again, evicting children, in Kennington, lives destroyed FOR WHAT? Tomorrow the battle goes on Babylon obscenity continues and I’m so fucking sick of it.

I hear of plots of Murder between Blair and Bush, cold-blooded murder, what were they thinking? Never mind surreal I feel positively fucking primeval;

Why in a democracy is Tony Blair the only one allowed to speak? We all have a voice in a democracy, yet every time I speak some one tells me to be quiet, how quietly do I need to speak before they will listen?

Rainbow Warriors

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4478946.stm

Greenpeace protesters have disrupted a speech used by Tony Blair to launch an energy review which could lead to new nuclear power stations in the UK.
Two protesters climbed up into the roof of the hall where Mr Blair was due to address the Confederation of British Industry conference.

After a 48-minute delay, Mr Blair made his speech in a smaller side-hall.
He said renewable sources could meet some but not all energy gaps and the review would examine nuclear options.

At the end of the day I don't give in to ultimatums
Digby JonesCBI director general
Blair starts nuclear debate
In pictures: Nuclear protest
Analysis: The political battle
Business leaders cheer Blair

Opening his speech in a packed room in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, Mr Blair said: "Nuclear power is of course a difficult and a challenging issue.

"Like most tough issues what we actually need is an open and democratic debate, not one conducted by protests and demonstrations to stop people having the freedom to express their views."

Amid the noise from clattering microphones and mobile phones ringing, Mr Blair joked: "This is going to be a surreal occasion... I'm going to give this speech if it's the last thing I do."

Offer refused

Greenpeace wanted to be allowed to make a 10-minute speech in return for ending the protest.

But CBI director general Digby Jones decided to move the PM's speech instead, saying: "At the end of the day I don't give in to ultimatums."
He said he had offered two "legitimate" Greenpeace delegates the chance to ask the prime minister the first question after his speech in return for ending their protest, but they had refused.

A protester balances on a girder in the hall's roof

The two protesters, wearing yellow jackets over their suits and with conference delegates' badges, appeared on girders in the roof about 20 minutes before Mr Blair was due to begin at 0930 GMT.

One unfurled a banner saying: "Nuclear: Wrong Answer." They also dropped stickers onto the delegates below them.
The men, both believed to be trained climbers, were attached by loops of rope to the roof girders.

'Disgrace'

Greenpeace named the protesters as Huw Williams and Nyls Verhauelt. They have now been arrested and taken to a London police station.
Mr Verhauelt said: "We should have a democratic right to have a voice here as well. This was the only way we could say what we wanted to say."

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Head to head: Nuclear debate
CBI deputy director general John Cridland condemned the protest as "quite disgraceful".
He said the two men had posed as employees of a fictitious company, E-Lingo and had booked for the conference as delegates last week.
Mr Cridland said "it would be a sad day" if every company had to be checked out before being granted access but the CBI would be holding a full review of security.

Metal detectors and x-ray machines were used at the conference, and delegates' bags were searched on entry.
The CBI says initial investigations show the men entered the building wearing climbing harnesses, concealed beneath their clothes. These would not be detected by the security equipment.

Nuclear focus
The prime minister is believed to view nuclear power as a way to improve the security of the UK's energy supply and also help to meet UK greenhouse gas targets.
Business chiefs want a quick decision. Green groups say there are cleaner and safer alternatives to fossil fuels.
Mr Blair said the energy review would be headed by the Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks and report by the middle of next year.
The review would "include specifically the issue of whether we facilitate the development of a new generation of nuclear power stations", he said.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Map

The song Oranges and Lemons was taught to children as a map, each church had it’s own distinct set of bells which would sound differently, each ringing out all over London. The words used approximate as closely as possible the sound each church bell would peal.

St Clements Danes were benefactors and many of their almshouses still remain in the city, http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A660269

Children would be taught the song so if they were to get lost in London they could just listen out for the bells and would know which direction home would be.

A vital practice in the days of the child snatcher, when children could easily wander off in the busy bustling streets and never be seen again.

There is a St Martin’s in the Fields at Trafalgar Square, the last time I was there was for Thanksgiving service with the Pearlie Kings and Queens, another great old London tradition. I always light a candle at St Martin’s in the fields when I can, for absent friends.