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Friday, 28-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Critical Mass Bike About in the city [october's CM]

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Nottingham Critical Mass Bike About in the city [october's CM]

Critcal Mass is a regular event. The meeting point 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 this time, than the last.....

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:







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!]

Monday, 24-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Rolls-Royce Raynesway, Derby. Action, Protest, Blockade

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Rolls-Royce Raynesway, Derby. Action, Protest, Blockade

Trident Ploughshares, and East Midlands CND: Called for a Weekend of Action 22nd to 24th October

Rolls Royce: The Power behind Britains Illegal weapons of mass destruction.

Derbyshire Police do it again: Back in March, they applied for Public Order Act 1986 Orders, that allowed them to limit, numbers, location and duration of protest against the G8 minsters meeting at a hotel, just north of Derby. Millions of pound spent to 'police' [oppress], a couple of hundred protesters, with 1600 policemen.

previous Indymedia Posting, Derby Piccys G8 Environment ministers Meeting at:



So they do it again, here is a copy of the order that they have obtained for this time.


You will see from these pictures that the size of the operation was again, well out of proportion to the numbers in attendance. There were many police on duty to enforce the order, at the main gate, together with a number of company security officers. Just down the road, there were a further 20-30 serials, and a few cars. Back at 'D' Division HQ in Derby City, there was yet another car park full on standby. All this in case the 30 or so present at the gate, 'Kicked-off'. Those present where confined in a small 'cattle pen'. on the grass verge, near the main gate. For thier own safety you understand, there being the A5111 ring road nearby. Well, that's what Inspector King was explaining on Radio Derby. Yea right!

The people of Derby being quite rich, well they must be, to be content to see all that council tax [their] money being spent.

Anyway, numbers turned out even though the weather was aweful. It rained, and then is rained further. Then it rained a bit more. Oh, did I mention it rained?


What is wrong with Rolls Royce Raynesway

Rolls Royce Raynesway makes the nuclear reactors which power Britains Illegal nuclear weapons system, Trident. Without this fuel, Trident submarines cannot move and so are unable to threaten the world.

What is Trident

* Trident is Britains current illegal nuclear weapons system. It consists of nuclear powered submarines which constantly prowl the worlds oceans, armed with nuclear warheads.
* Trident is illegal under international and British law because:
o Nuclear weapons are uncontrollable: both damaging future generations, killing civilians and military personnel alike, and contaminating the whole world, not just the areas in which they are used.
o The British governments use and threat of use of WMD is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions and under many other international laws.
o Our continued possession and recent threats to use Trident, encourage other countries such as North Korea, to evelop their own nuclear weapons. It also undermines the international treaties which are designed to prevent nuclear roliferation.

Rolls Royce should:

* Phase out all nuclear activities at the Raynesway plant within the next 5 years, moving into work which is sustainable and legal in the long term.
* Produce and make publicly available a comprehensive evacuation plan for people living and working within a two mile radius of the factory. This plan should be thoroughly tested and evaluated by the local council and emergency services.

Monday was the end to a period of activities to highlight these issues:

* Saturday 2pm, leafleting in Derby Town centre
* Saturday evening a Public Meeting
* Those taking part in the blockade of Rolls Royce Raynesway on Monday Morning engaged on Sunday afternoon with some training.
* Monday 9am demonstration outside Rolls Royce Raynesway
* Write to your mp asking them to stop breaking International law and get rid of their nuclear weapons.
* To find out more background check the TP website at: http://www.tridentploughshares.org


for more information:
Emma Bateman 07748447224
Anna-Linnea Rundberg 07788503761
E-Mail: derbytp@peacepages.co.uk
Derby Peace Pages at: http://www.derby.peacepages.co.uk

Thursday, 20-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
EcoWorks- Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns -- Part 6

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Nottingham EcoWorks- Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns -- Part 6

We are building an "eco-building" at ECOWORKS, a community garden project on the Hungerhill allotments in St. Ann's. Volunteers have been working on this exciting project since last October, and the walls up now!

Straw bales are a low-impact, highly insulating and user-friendly building material. The construction process is highly inclusive, satisfying and fun.

The walls will go up this weekend! All are very welcome - everyone can help with a straw bale project, regardless of experience. All tools etc. will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn this fascinating building technique and help to create an innovative building for Ecoworks!

Ecoworks is in St.Ann's, accessed from either Ransom Road or Hungerhills Road.

For more details phone 07973 116291



EcoWorks Allotments
Hungerhill , St Annes , Nottingham
Ph: 0115 978 0180

Office: Adrian Horsley
International Community Centre
Mansfield Road
email: Ecoworks@gn.apc.org
phone: 0115 911 2522

also check out:

Amazon Nails Straw Bale Building http://www.strawbalefutures.org.uk

Straw Bale Building(UK) by Amazon Nails http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk

Strawbale Article From 'Permaculture Magazine' http://www.permaculture.co.uk/mag/Articles/Strawbale.html

St Anns Allotments Network http://www.staan.co.uk


Earlier post of sequence on Fotoblog at:

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 1

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 2

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 3

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 4

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns :: Part 5

Tuesday, 18-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
ASBO welcomed by community

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ASBO welcomed by community

Tash asks Ronny:

*What were you doing there?
We opened the doors of the squatted social centre for the first time.

*Was it good?, did many come?
At least 50. It was busy and buzzing all afternoon.

*What feedback did you get?
Really positive. Don't recall any negativity, or abuse. People were startled and pleased that everything was free. Some pople gave donations, which more than covered our costs.

*When are you doing it again?
Every Saturday afternoon. We'll also put on midweek events as we see a demand. I'm planning a recycled art club.

*Did the bike workshop have anything to do with critical mass?
The same ethos was behind it - the principle that cycle power is free, sustainable and sociable. We didn't want to just set up a free fixing service, it is important that people share skills and learn new ones.

*Why you have computers?
We're eager to bridge the 'digital divide'. By making internet free and available in a public space, we're opening up information to people who can't afford computers.

*Was there anything for kids?
The 'Broad Bean' computer room was particularly popular with kids. We also had youngsters helping themselves to videos and toys in the 'free shop', and some brought their bikes along.

*What did you eat?
A root veg and lentil stew with cous cous was cooked. The food will vary a lot from week to week, and will often have a world theme. Say Indian one week, Italien the next, etc.

*What is a free shop?
It has the feel of a jumble sale, except that nothing has a price. You bring old or duplicate stuff along that you don't want any more, and take anything that catches your eye. Donations are optional.

*Did the police and fire brigade like the idea of asbo centre?
Apparently both a police car and a fire engine that were passing stopped to read the sign, and the crews were laughing. We like that!



Previous posts, about the project: "The Squat's progress"

Nottingham :: Burns St Squatting Project

Monday, 17-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham University: Protests as arms dealers at careers fair

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Nottingham University: Protests as arms dealers at careers fair

The last two days saw the AIESEC careers fair taking place at Nottingham University. The Portland Building, where the Students Union is based was full of businesses promoting their oppertunities for the under and post-graduates. People within the university informed the students attending the fair about some exhibitors: 'the problem is, they supply arms to countries with appalling human rights records'.

Arms manufacturers such as Caterpillar, BAE systems and Rolls Royce exhibiting at the fair were targeted because of their non-commitment to ethical responsiblity and the way in which they 'lie about the truth'. The protest, organised by NSPM, took place on both days of the fair. The Student Environmental and Ethical Network (SEEN) is organising an ethical careersfair later in November.

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