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Saturday, 10-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
East Midlands Vegan Festival, Nottingham Council House

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East Midlands Vegan Festival, Nottingham Council House

The East Midlands Vegan Festival is fast becoming a regular event, promoting a healthy diet that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Whether you’re a committed vegan or vegetarian or simply interested in finding new ways to make your healthy lifestyle more fun, they came along and saw what was on offer.

* see – and taste – a range of veggie & vegan food
* find information for caterers who want to provide better variety on their menus
* explore ways to make the provision of other veggie goods and services more viable
* create business opportunities between fellow veggies and vegans
* discover all the positive benefits of choosing a healthy and ethical diet
* and share a smile with new friends. We’ll see you there.

This event was held to:
* increase the availability of veggie & vegan food in shops
* encourage more caterers to provide excellent choices on their menus
* make the provision of other veggie goods and services more viable
* create business opportunities for fellow veggies and vegans
* further all the positive benefits of choosing a healthy and ethical diet.

All of this will make it easier for you to be vegetarian or vegan yourself.

Friday, 9-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Police escalates offensive crackdown culture poster drive

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Police escalates offensive crackdown culture poster drive

Nottingham Police, allied with authoritarians at the local council and the Home Office, have been wasting taxpayers' money on a wave of offensive posters intended to terrorise dissidents and the socially excluded. This campaign has escalated with attempts to terrorise those involved in subvertising the posters.

Recent instances have included the return of the especially sinister anti-begging campaign, where the state spreads slanderous accusations accusing beggars of bankrolling drug dealers. This campaign has been connected in previous years to deaths of homeless people in cold weather, and to physical assaults on homeless people due to incitement by the posters. The campaign even led to violence and reduced revenue for Big Issue vendors who are engaged in an entirely legal activity.

For some time now, Nottingham City Council and Notts Police have been abusing the resources they grab from Nottingham taxpayers to run vicious and offensive poster campaigns directed at demonising and terrorising the socially excluded and stirring up hysteria about petty and mainly harmless deviance.

There has also been an attack on drinkers, with threats to ban people from all pubs in Nottingham if they receive several warnings for being "drunk and disorderly" (a catch-all category which does not require any substantive harmful action, but rather, is subjectively judged by often corrupt and prejudiced police). This is an attack on the lifestyles of many young people, threatening to rob people of their way of life, and possibly cause problems for those who are genuine addicts. Another campaign encourages snitching of petty deviance including graffiti, drug use and even your neighbours - effectively inciting people to form into a region-wide Gestapo snoop network extending the police's already excessive surveillance capacities.

A number of these posters have repeatedly been subvertised over time, with comments such as "no police state", "hands off drinkers' civil liberties", "crackdowns KILL beggars", "give handouts to beggars not overpaid bureaucrats", "Defend civil liberties - abolish ASBOs", "war on drugs = massacre of Colombian peasants", and "the state - tough on petty deviance, soft on war crimes".

Now the state has initiated a new terror propaganda campaign apparently directed against subvertisers, placing posters threatening ASBOs against graffiti artists at locations previously targeted for subvertising. It is always hard to discern motives in statist crackdown terrorism - this may simply be the latest in a wave of consecutive poster campaigns - but the possibility should not be ruled out that the state is deliberately threatening and provoking the heroic people who have stood up to its fascistic policies and dared to speak back against its wall-adorning abuse against the excluded and the vulnerable.

There is an urgent need to respond to this insult from the state. Crackdown culture must be defied and overthrown - the French uprising shows a way forward. The campaign of subvertising of offensive statist posters must continue and indeed, increase in intensity. Any attempts at repressive action against this movement must be met by forceful action against the state and its allies - so that every act of violence bears a cost for the state, ultimately becoming too costly to maintain.

There is also an urgent need to develop a series of locally-targeted stickers for activists to use for speed-subvertising, to minimise risks of detection through surveillance or through handwriting analysis. Ideally stickers should be large enough to cover significant parts of the offending posters, and should target the statist propaganda head-on. Civil liberties versus ASBOs, pro drug legalisation, links of the drug issue to state violence in Latin America, and denouncement of campaigns which lead to violence against and deaths of homeless people, would all be ideal subjects for such stickers, which should be distributed to activists in the area as widely as possible.

It should not be underestimated, the extent to which these offensive state posters constitute a constant source of distress and discomfort for those who are already struggling at the periphery of capitalism. They are an ever-present declaration of dehumanisation and menace, a constant "conform or else" thrust into the vision of the system's enemies at every opportunity. They are, in short, a source of harassment, alarm and distress for those of us who genuinely value our civil liberties and who are offended by the constant liberticidal attacks made by an ever more aggressive and draconian state machine. In fact if the state consistently applied its own laws then Nottingham Council and Police would be in jail for causing harassment, alarm and distress, both to the bigots whose existing state of hysteria is exacerbated, and to the freedom-lovers who are offended at this constant assault on our visual senses by statist tyrants.

Saturday, 3-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out in Nottingham

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Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out in Nottingham

Day of recycling fun in Sneinton to oppose incinerator expansion

On Saturday 3rd December, a community day was held in Sneinton, Nottingham, to raise awareness of the proposed expansion of the Eastcroft incinerator and promote recycling through fun and games. Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out was an event organised by the local community and the NAIL campaign.

Artists worked to put new use to waste materials as lantern making, basket weaving, banner painting and wallet making workshops will take place throughout the day. Other activities included poetry, speakers, live music and refreshments from the new Sneinton community cafe collective.

A day to show people there are better and more positive ways of dealing with waste other than incineration.

Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out was held at the Old School Hall, Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham. With workshops and info from 11am to 4pm. Admission free.

Later, we had some live music, with some assorted bands, all played with some enthusiasm!!

A good time was had by all.


Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill (NAIL) has been campaigning to stop the proposed expansion of Eastcroft Incinerator for the last year. The group recently stepped up it's campaign and erected a large banner on Sneinton Boulevard. Other activities included a well attended public meeting, a gathering on the Market Square and a picket at a presentation organised by the Waste Recycling Group (WRG) who own the incinerator and has submitted the application for expansion.

We say: "The council should make a bigger effort to provide recycling facilties instead of taking the easy option of burning all our waste".

It is expected the council will make a decision on the application early next year. The NAIL campaign will continue to oppose the expansion and promote waste management alternatives.


Nottingham's Eastcroft municipal incinerator is proposing to expand its facility, please support our campaign to prevent the expansion of this unnecessary, highly polluting, poorly regulated plant.

Our Labour City Council is supporting the expansion that will see other people’s waste being imported from the surroundings counties, to be incinerated in Nottingham to pollute our air. At NAIL we want our City to enter into the 21st Century and put incineration in the past, where it belongs.

We are campaigning to get our City Council to stop supporting the incinerator, oppose the expansion plans and end its contract with Waste Recycling Group and improve on its appallingly low recycling rate of 9 only %.

We must end the madness of incineration and the continued pollution of our most precious resource, air the substance of life.

We have a right to breath air free of dust, heavy metals, chemicals and substances that we know are highly poisonous and cause cancer.

Incinerators do NOT destroy waste, it is one of the fundamental principles of science that matter can never be destroyed; it can only ever be transformed. Incinerators basically turn rubbish into ash, gases and particulate matter. These gases and the poisons are spewed into the atmosphere, to the air, which we breathe. Eventually they fall to earth where we consume the poisons through our food.

Incinerators DO NOT destroy waste, our rubbish still exists we may see less of it, but we’re inhaling and eating it instead.

Why should the expansion be stopped.

Nottingham City has one of the lowest recycling rates in the country, only 9%. Instead of increasing this to a more acceptable level, it is proposed to increase the incineration rate by building a third line and importing other people’s waste! Proposals could mean that waste is imported in Nottingham from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and incinerated in Nottingham to poison the residents of Nottingham.

Incinerators are highly polluting and poorly regulated.

They contribute to global warming.

They produce ‘Acid Rain’ gases.

Other wastes include toxic heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, tin, and other poisons such as PCB's and Dioxins, which are extremely cancerous.

The most poisonous substances, such as PCB's and Dioxins are only spot measured twice a year, so the overall discharged levels are estimated levels.

Traffic delivering rubbish to the plant and removing ash will increase by 50 % leading to local disturbance and pollution.

The incinerator costs Nottingham's Council Tax payers around a £1,000,000 per year.

Much of what the incinerator burns waste, which could otherwise be recycled, thereby reducing pollution & employing more people.

The current plant regularly breaches its authorised emission levels.

Recycling paper uses 67% less energy than manufacturing it from raw wood pulp.

Recycling 1 aluminium drink can save enough energy to run a TV for 5 hours.

Did you know?

Most of Nottingham City’s waste is incinerated, NOT recycled.
The proposed expansion will lead to industrial waste being imported from the surrounding area.
Manufacturing paper from recycled material not only save forests, but uses a third of the energy requirements than manufacturing it from wood pulp.
Up to 80 % of household waste can be recycled.
The City Council is losing £1 million per year of your money as a result of its heating contract with the incinerator
A British study of municipal incinerators published in 2000 found that children living within 5km of an incinerator had twice the rate of leukaemia and cancers of other children.
The Sint Niklaas incinerator in Belgium met E.U safety limits but was shown to cause a 480% increase in cancer amongst local residents and shortened life spans by 12 years - it was shut down.

Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] 0845 458 2813
email: mail@nail.uk.net
web: http://www.nail.uk.net

Nottingham Friends of the Earth http://nottfoe.gn.apc.org/index.htm

Waste Recycling Group Ltd. Eastcroft Incinerator http://www.wrg.co.uk/eastcroft


and ....... earlier on Indymedia about this issue, see:

NAIL campaign 'banner drop' at Sneinton Boulevard

Previous 'Feature Article'

Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL], Market Square Protest

Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] - Public Meeting in Sneinton

Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] Protest against expansion

Friday, 25-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Critical Mass Bike About in the city [November CM]

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Nottingham Critical Mass Bike About in the city [November CM]

Critcal Mass is a regular event. The meeting point in Nottingham is the Savoy cinema on Derby Road in Lenton, on the last Friday of every month now at 5.30pm.

It is becoming a more popular event with many more riders turning out each time .....

This time, we headed off into the city centre, via 'The Park' [to annoy the rich folks living there ] and Castle Boulevard. We had a sound system trailer on tow, with some chunes to peddle to. Some motorist were a little annoyed with us, bumpers touching back wheels a couple of times, a couple of cars trying to roar through our band, overtaking with wheel spins etc. and a few rude remarks and gestures. So, not much new there then.

Anyway, we took a random route around and about in the city, taking in such features as the Castle, MacDonalds, and a peddle through the inside of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre )))

So, if you want to draw attention to transport policy, issues around climate change, health and fitness, pollution and the fact that cars keep injuring cyclists ...... Then please join in.

As a photographer, I've covered this and many similar direct-action events in a 'documentary style'. This time, I thought I would come over all 'arty' and this time present the event in an 'impressionistic style'. Street light colour, long shutter speeds [1/4 - 3/4 sec], giving a feeling of energy, vibrancy, colour and action. An event that is fun to be at, in fact.


What's it all about?

Critical Mass is often described as an 'unorganised coincidence'. It happens when a lot of cyclists happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to cycle the same way together for a while.

What's the purpose?

"Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving.

Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms.

Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim cities with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road"

What happens on a Critical Mass?

Each one is different and they follow no set route, with the direction being spontaneously chosen as people cycle along. Anyone is free to join or leave the ride as it pedals along.

See also http://www.critical-mass.org


You can see more piccys of an earlier Critical Mass in Nottingham at:







and a Nottingham Indy feature about the whole shebang at:



Bicycle repair and support, at the ASBO Centre, check out:


Please Note: "We are not blocking the traffic - We are Traffic!"

[ps. think I've mentioned this before, but some bastard has stolen my bike!]

Sunday, 13-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Remembrance Parade :: Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Parade :: Remembrance Sunday

Armistice day on the 11 hour of the 11day of the 11 month ..... Armistice [11th November 1918]

However, sunday has become a larger event, including more poeple, being at the weekend.

They shall not grow old as we grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
we will remember them......


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