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Dili Diey, 25, fled to England from southern Sudan as a boy soldier and now lives in Huddersfield. “Count yourselves lucky to be at peace in Kirklees. Killing someone haunts you for the rest of your life,” he tells a group of young people from four Kirklees schools.

Diey’s harrowing story features in the animated film, Untold Stories, part of a new campaign, Books Not Bullets, to highlight the plight of child soldiers. Books Not Bullets is the brainchild of a group of Kirklees teenagers after they heard firsthand Diey’s tales of genocide survivors.

“Dili’s story shocked us,” says Janita Rauf, 14. “On a bad day, I wish I didn’t have to go to school. But for Dili, every day was a bad day and he had no education at all. I know I’m lucky.”

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Red Ice TV – Episode 4 – Symbolism in Logos – NEW

This episode was filmed in Bath and Bristol, England featuring special guests such as Michael Tsarion, Neil Hague, Ralph Ellis, Leo Rutherford, Neil Kramer, Dan Tatman and Peter Taylor. We also interview a priest, university students, teachers and of course a couple random pub interviews. We begin the show discussing the symbolism of two major corporations, Starbucks and Apple. What is really being said in logos?

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What do you picture when you hear the word “anarchy?” Do you picture a mob of angry people smashing windows and looting televisions? Do you picture fire, destruction, and carnage? Do you picture idiots with T-shirts tied around their faces throwing rocks and tipping over cars?

If you are like most Americans, these are the exact images that pop into your head, and that is very unfortunate. Although many people (correctly) believe that chaos would be the absolute end result of anarchy, it is important to remember that “anarchy” itself is not a synonym for “chaos” (although it is quite often and unfairly used that way).

Unfortunately, one bad apple spoils the bunch, and most people who openly call themselves “anarchists” are those bad apples. The ironic part is, most of these people are “anti-capitalists” and, therefore, support political systems where governments control economies. How can you honestly call yourself an anarchist if you support government control of anything?

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Quake recorded in west of Scotland.

A small earthquake has hit the west of Scotland, the British Geological Survey said.

The quake measured 3.5 on the Richter scale and was recorded in Glenuig, west of Fort William, at 6.02am on Sunday.

It was felt in Skye, Mull, Inverness and Oban and is the largest earthquake recorded in the area since January 2008, when a tremor of the same magnitude was recorded near Glenfinnan.

The survey said such an earthquake can be felt as far as 120 km away. One person reported being awoken by “noise and vibration” during the quake.

Glenuig is a remote village of around 30 residents in Moidart, west Lochaber. Until the mid-1960s the community could only be reached by foot or by boat.

A quake of 3.5 is classed as minor and no one reported any damage in the area after it happened.

Northern England has been shaken by two earthquakes in recent weeks. One measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale struck near Ripon, North Yorkshire, on January 3 and was felt as far afield as West Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear and Cumbria.

The rumble came after a quake of magnitude 3.5 which hit Coniston in the Lake District on December 21.

Steve MacFarlane, director of the Glenuig Inn, said he was awoken by the tremor which he says created a crack in the hotel’s car park.

He said: “I thought I was having a dream. I woke up and the dog woke up but then I went back to sleep. When I got up later I had a Google alert telling me there had been an earthquake.”


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The Royal Family is to be granted absolute protection from public scrutiny in a controversial legal reform designed to draw a veil of secrecy over the affairs of the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.

Letters, emails and documents relating to the monarch, her heir and the second in line to the throne will no longer be disclosed even if they are in the public interest.

Sweeping changes to the Freedom of Information Act will reverse advances which had briefly shone a light on the royal finances – including an attempt by the Queen to use a state poverty fund to heat Buckingham Palace – and which had threatened to force the disclosure of the Prince of Wales’s prolific correspondence with ministers.

Lobbying and correspondence from junior staff working for the Royal Household and Prince Charles will now be held back from disclosure. Buckingham Palace confirmed that it had consulted with the Coalition Government over the change in the law. The Government buried the plan for “added protection” for the Royal Family in the small print of plans called “opening up public bodies to public scrutiny”.

Maurice Frankel, head of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, said that since the change referred to communications written on behalf of the Queen and Prince Charles it might be possible for “park keepers working in the royal parks” to be spared public scrutiny of their letters written to local authorities.

The decision to push through the changes also raises questions about the sincerity of the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to government transparency. In opposition, senior Liberal Democrats frequently lined up to champion the Freedom of Information Act after it came into force in 2005.

Ian Davidson, a former member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), told The Independent: “I’m astonished that the Government should find time to seek to cover up royal finances. When I was on the PAC what we wanted was more disclosure not less.

“Every time we examined royal finances we found extravagance and indulgence as well as abuse of expenses by junior royals.

“Everywhere we looked, there were savings to be made for the Government. This sends the wrong message about public disclosure and accountability.”

Paul Flynn, another member of the committee, described the special protection for the Royals as “indefensible”. He said: “I don’t think it serves the interests of the public or the Royal Family very well.”

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Can I film police on private property?


This is basically two questions : can I film on private property? and can I film police?

All the reservations about photographing on private property apply, ie you may do so unless or until the landowner forbids it. Thereafter you commit a civil trespass. You also must be mindful of privacy issues and not photograph anyone where they might have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Please see other parts of this FAQ for more details. Police may well point out that you have no permission from the landowner to film. Unless you do, that’s a warning shot. Whilst it isn’t their job to uphold the landowner’s civil rights, if you persist they’ll likely view you as hostile and difficult – and find something else they can charge you with.

In general you have the same legal rights to photograph police as photographing any other citizen. However it often doesn’t work out like that because the police can always find a charge that can be applied and may result in the threat of arrest or arrest if you persist. Typically this might be obstruction of a police constable in performance of his duty, but there are other possibilities. This is a risk on the public street for professional photographers carrying press cards. On private property, privacy and/or security ssues may magnify the risk.

From this, for instance snapping away inside a police station or at a crime scene would be highly inadvisable without permission. Having said that, police are routinely filmed by CCTV within shops, whenever they arrest a detained shoplifter, so it’s very much a matter of context. Unless you have some overriding public interest reason or just like being locked in small windowless rooms for hours on end, we suggest you ask first.

Last weekend I was sat with a friend outside a bar having a pint (as you do), when in-between conversations, I noticed an advert on the side of the bus stop shelter promoting flu vaccinations for the elderly and pregnant women. I think I made my usual grunt or ‘tut’ and then carried on our conversation.

But I remembered later a conversation that I had shared with my family over the winter holiday period, concerning flu jabs and who had had one. Both these events prompted me to look a little further into it and as a result, the following is a brief start on what appears to be a rather large and controversial subject.

The link below goes to a lecture called ‘Mercury, Autism and the Global Vaccine Agenda’ and although its filled with medical terminology and acronyms, its well worth a watch (especially as the speaker suggests that Autism is reversable.)

Here’s a link to a site hosting a spreadsheet with the ingredients of the international H1N1 “Swine Flu” vaccination (look for mercury and aluminium):

Here are a few videos…

Films like ‘I am Legend’ (set in 2012!), although largely percieved as being purely for entertainment, also add to the fear of these types of epidemics (although perhaps without the flesh eating zombies element)

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‘The only thing constant in life is change’ – François de la Rochefoucauld.

This poster says it all for me. It acknowledges a condition in the way we are and how we think and in many ways looks beyond the issue of tuition  fees etc and addresses the wider issue,  of a change in conciousness.

Attack on Royal’s Car

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Student protests: Radio failure claims rejected


Police have rejected suggestions that a communication breakdown led to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall being caught up in student protests.It has been reported that police guarding the couple were using a different radio frequency to those policing the London demonstrations. Scotland Yard insisted the two teams were in contact and may have used mobile phones or e-mail. A major inquiry into the student disorder of recent weeks has begun.

‘Intent on violence’

The prince’s and the Duchess of Cornwall’s car was daubed with paint and had a window smashed during tuition fee protests on Thursday.The royal couple were being escorted by outriders and Royalty Protection Officers to a theatre in central London when their car was attacked. A police spokesman said the route along Regent Street had been checked minutes before the incident and was deemed to be safe.Ex-home secretary Alan Johnson said he was “amazed” by newspaper claims that teams were not fully in touch because protection officers had been so “meticulous” whilst protecting him. And former Met firearms officer Roger Gray said it may have been more confusing if officers shared the same radio frequency, because there was a risk they could start interrupting each other.

Clarence House, meanwhile, has refused to comment on reports the Duchess was poked with a stick. The police blame a fast-moving situation on the ground for the security breach, as protesters had been roaming through the West End in small groups, away from the larger protest in Parliament Square. There were violent clashes on Thursday as MPs voted to allow university tuition fees to rise to up to £9,000 per year in England. Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the disturbances and Scotland Yard said it had launched a “major criminal investigation” into student disorder between 10 November and 10 December.

But students have criticised police tactics, particularly of holding demonstrators in a small area, known as “kettling”. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating a claim that 20-year-old Middlesex University student Alfie Meadows suffered serious injuries after being hit on the head with a police truncheon. And protester Jody Mcintyre, who blogs about campaigning issues, claimed police hit him with a baton and twice dragged him out of his wheelchair around Parliament Square. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “One policeman hit me with his baton on my shoulder and then around four policemen dragged me out of my wheelchair and carried me away against my will.”

Half an hour later, a policeman who recognised him from the first incident ran over, pushed him out of his wheelchair and dragged him across the road by his arms, he added.

The National Union of Students said there were likely to be more protests as the issues continue to be scrutinised over the coming months. President Aaron Porter said: “Students are telling me they want to continue to protest. I think we need to find a way to facilitate that, but I also want to do it in a way that doesn’t lose public support by allowing those set on violence to take part.” Only 28 Lib Dem MPs – fewer than half – voted for the government’s plans for tuition fees. Six Conservative MPs voted against. Three ministerial aides resigned. The policy will see the basic fee cap rise from £3,290 to £6,000 and universities in England able to charge £9,000 in “exceptional” circumstances.

Student Rebellion

Here are some clips from the Student Riots in London, November 10th, 2010.

Below is a link with some audio clips about the Student Riots:

Having been away from my laptop for a while, I’ve  had some time to be out in the ‘real’ world and to experience other people’s views and ideas on what ‘s going on in the world. Always good to do a little ‘field work’.

Once home, it didn’t take long before I felt the pull of the web to catch up on news, updates and new interviews etc..

After a quick search, I came across an interview with David Icke by Russel Brand (BBC Radio 2). It demonstrates  that this type of view/information is now begining to filter its way into the mainstream media.

For those who need an introduction, Banksy is deservedly the most famous or notorious (what you will) street artist in the world today. Though he started his exploits in the streets of England, he is of international renown for works in such locations as New Orleans, Paris, Los Angeles, Melbourne and the Israeli West Bank. He’s also a master prankster and pretty much the figurehead of anarchic protest art.


I have no doubt he has earned his place in art history. His book Wall and Piece is one of the coolest and cleverest art books you can get today. There’s no question of his technical abilities and his versatility as an artist. How he can take another work of art and redefine  it to be seen in a contemporary, socio- political viewpoint means he’s an appropriator in the most skilled and respected sense. But what I love the most about his work is the humour. It is sun-  bleached wall dry with a strong sense of the charmingly wicked (I love his rats). I like how he makes a point of his work enhancing a location and never detracting. I know that not all would agree on that, especially municipal councils.

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I’ve been aware of the global increase of earthquakes for sometime now, having done a search on Wikipedia for Global earthquake history, frequency and severity several months  ago. My interest was sparked after researching the predictions of ancient cultures relating to the 2012 phenomenon, as well as the works of the American psychic  Edgar Cayce.

If you live in the UK, you may well remember the earthquake that hit the Midlands back in 23rd September, 2002. I remember having to re-asses my current thinking after that, as before that incident I had always assumed the UK was a relative ‘safe zone’.

Recently, there have been a couple of articles in the papers relating to training the police on how to deal with such monumental catastrophes.  There are numerous predictions relating to severe earth changes around the year of 2012 and I can’t help but find this curiously timed. Coincidence?

Over the next months, I will endeavor to track this story and bring you the latest articles etc., as it unfolds. Please find below links to the online articles available to far: – ‘Earthquake hits UK’ – ‘Earthquake training for police’
BBC Bitesize – ‘Predicating and preparing for Earthquakes’

Here’s a piece by Richy from Lawful Rebellion – a piece about the 2012 conspiracy:

There’s got to be more to life than carbon footprints, climate change and peak oil. The new design for society many of us want shouldn’t just be better for the environment, it should be a shedload more fun into the bargain. As Emma Goldman, a hugely influential early 20th-century political philosopher and activist, once said: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”

If life doesn’t inspire me to get up and do a little Irish jig every morning before breakfast, what the hell is the point of it?

Living without money and having a great time are by no means mutually exclusive. If anything, it wasn’t until I gave up using money in November 2008 that I started to really enjoy life, not just two-sevenths of it. In hindsight, my old Groundhog Weekend was incredibly boring – mundanely going for a few drinks to the pub, a nice restaurant or to see a movie at the cinema. Worse still, spending 3.8 hours of each precious day – or an entire 11 years of my time on this planet – watching TV. Where’s the adventure in any of that?

Necessity really is the mother of invention. Instead of going for a pint, why not make your own booze? Organise a day out with friends foraging wild apples for cider – any variety will do – but the sweeter the better (Jonagolds and Red Delicious are perfect). Ideally find some windfalls, as these have natural yeasts already on them, meaning that apples are the only ingredient you’ll need. If you see any neighbours with unused apple trees, don’t be afraid to ask if you can do the work for them; you can always surprise them with a share once its made. Alternatively, grow your own hops, check out some recipes on Self-sufficientish, and forage your own flavourings (such as yarrow) before brewing your own beer.

Now you’ve got your alcohol supply, you’re going to want to party. Anyone can organise a house party, but these often just end up pissing off the neighbours. Getting them involved is a much better idea, and instead of making sworn enemies you’ll make a load of friends.

One of my favourite organisations for this are Streetsalive, who will guide you through the process of organising the mother of all street parties, and can often even help you to get your council to agree to close your road for the day.

Being moneyless in the winter can seem really unappealing to most people, I admit, but you’d have to be bonkers to at least not try it – even for a week – in the summer. Long evenings walking in the woods, camping by the beach at the weekend, cooking food al fresco that you’ve grown and picked yourself, cycling, playing – or listening to – acoustic music by a camp fire, wandering in the wilds foraging berries and nuts, skinny-dipping in the lake and sleeping under the stars.

If you like art, there are always free exhibitions in and around big towns and cities. Some even have a free bar – this doesn’t fit in with the philosophy of the Freeconomy community, however, so go easy on it. If movies are more your thing, there really is no need to go to the cinema (except to watch mindless Hollywood crap). I live near Bristol and there are constantly free films night showing online movies such as Money as Debt or Earthlings. If they aren’t happening where you live, why not organise one yourself? They’re a great way of sharing information and getting like-minded people together.

Music is my thing, so I often go along to free open-mic nights at a local venue. These events are not just great entertainment but a wonderful way to support new local talent playing acoustic music. If you are even slightly musically-gifted, work up the courage and get on stage yourself.

And instead of watching the TV, turn off the light, stick on a few beeswax candles (from local bees, of course, who haven’t been fed sugar), and fritter the hours away making love. It increases your health, will strengthen your relationship and is infinitely more pleasurable than EastEnders. If you’re single, abandon fear and ask the one you’ve got your eye on to come out for a wild food forage. Who cares if you don’t know your ramsons from your rosehips, you’ll have them exactly where you want them: in the bush.

So if you were thinking of doing something nice and comfortable this weekend, shame on you. Put your credit card away (better still, cut it up), dust off your tent, get on your bike and go and put the adventure back in your life.

• Mark Boyle is the founder of the Freeconomy Community and has lived moneyless for the last 19 months. His book, The Moneyless Man, is out now, published by Oneworld – sales from the book will go to a charitable trust for the Freeconomy Community.