Heh. Want to hear me singing?
Tim recorded our attempt at an anti-Carol concert last night ([livejournal.com profile] bloggerheads):
Bah, Humbug!
(to the tune of 'Jingle Bells')

Ebenezer Scrooge
Wasn't all that dumb
Until he met the Ghost
Of Christmas Yet to Come
Then he lost the plot, and woke up with a scream
Then foolishly made life decisions based upon a dream!

Oh, bah-humbug, bah-humbug, bah-humbug, I say
We are demonstrating here
Protesting Christmas Day... hey!
Also present included Justin ([livejournal.com profile] chickenyoghurt ),Gareth ([livejournal.com profile] d_notice_fd), Davide ([livejournal.com profile] nether_world_fd), a bloke called John with a saxophone from the Strawberry Theives and most impressively Garry ([livejournal.com profile] bssc_world), who'd travelled down from Aberdeen for the occasion—his first time in London as well.

We have succesfully established that SOCPA is an arse, the police think that demonstrating in favour of something doesn't require permission, but to demonstrate against something does. This is interesting to know, and Tim is working on ways to test this in the future, because, well, we're in favour of keeping the detention-without-charge limit to 28 days or lower, right? We're in favour of getting the Govt to change its policies on a large number of issues.

After the event, naturally, we went to the Westminster Arms which, scarily, doesn't have a menu—it has a Food Agenda. Much beer was consumed. Much much beer. I think I should've eaten more food earlier.
Someone on my reading list linked to this but I unfortunately didn't note who. To whoever it was, thank you for eating up a fair chunk of reading time. Regret the Error » Crunks 2007: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections. Genius, the best of the daft mistakes made by the media. I especially like the Titanic story, Teh Grauniads misspelling of misspell and the LA times fire hazard map.

Also? Tim at [livejournal.com profile] bloggerheads is organising another demonstration 'anti-Christmas' Carol Service in Parliament Square next Thursday. I'll be back down next week (travelling tomorrow) to do some packing and move planning, and hopefully meeting up with people, etc. Anyone want to join us?
Public Carol Service

The odds of [livejournal.com profile] draxar and [livejournal.com profile] dainul not having noticed this already are small, but just in case, warrenellis.com » Blog Archive » TRANSMETROPOLITAN: Monoculture.

Yup, my mates design project just got picked up by [livejournal.com profile] warrenellis, who seems happy to see is. Külness. Well done Mr Pink.

Actually, might as well post these rather than mailing you. [livejournal.com profile] d_notice_fd moved to London just before I did, I'd been reading his blog for ages before that, and he's ended up living around the corner. He writes a lot about SOCPA, and attended the All-day Lone Protest, his Flickr photostream has stuff, and I especially like this placard...

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe links to this petition and has more links and info.
matgb: (British)


May. 18th, 2007 11:53 pm
Oh my...

[livejournal.com profile] fracindy? This might be a valid extra source of income...

Do you get the urge to jab John Prescott with a stick till he cries like a fat girl but can't find a stick?

Then McDemo's is for you, we'll find the stick and do the jabbing! Let us demonstrate for you!

In this busy 24/7 world you often don't get the time to make your voice heard, so isn't it about time you contracted your protesting needs out?
It is of course a Mark Thomas & friends idea, antoher part of the Mass Lone Protest anti-SOCPA activities. So now you can contribute to a Mass Lone Protest from anywhere in the world! How daft is that? (Via Gareth)
Right, got to London last night, met with [livejournal.com profile] nhw, [livejournal.com profile] sammymorse and others (um, [livejournal.com profile] liadnan, were we sat next to each other for quite some time without realising it?) and am now at [livejournal.com profile] nadriel's. Flat hunting, job huntig, all to start, um, tomorrow. Tonight, I'm going to enjoy the benefits of London, starting with a bit of pointless bureacracy, registering my intention to join a protest. All organised by Mark Thomas, not maanged to make one before now (Mass Lone protest - Voting TaKtiX - I've decided to protest against discrimination against men with ponytails).

Fun fun. Details and links there, if anyone wants to joing us; registering your intenet to walk through Parliament Square a week in advance? Wonderfully stupid, thanks Tony...
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)

British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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