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Tuesday, 11-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Refugee Artist Project Festival Day :: Chile SCDA

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Nottingham Refugee Artist Project Festival Day :: Chile SCDA

Chile SCDA: Sports, Culture and Development Association

Community centre for Chileans and Latin Americans. Community language school teaching Spanish and Latin American culture. Support for survivors of torture. ICT Open Learning centre. Information and training on human rights issues.

They exhibited work at the Nottingham Refugee artist project Festival day @ The Playhouse

I was particularly struck by the 'hanging' I describe here.

Featuring the coupe against the elected Salvador Allende in 1973, and the rusulting oppression.

the violence and torture
military coupe
the 'disappeared'
resettlement in the UK

The object of the work is to show thier history and that after thier exile, they are now part of the UK.

Saturday 8th October 11am - 5pm, at Nottingham Playhouse;
A festival day celebrating the work of artists in exile across the region and the launch of an East Midlands refugee artist network: Long Journey Home. The day included theatre, music, song, poetry, film, exhibitions, food, crafts and free workshops.

They are particularly proud of their integation into the Sheffield and South Yorkshire communities.

Website for Latin American's in Rotherham & Sheffield http://chilescda.org

Phone 0114 243 1238
Email admin@chilescda.org

2 Crabtree Road
S5 7BB


for some background, check out http://www.fas.org/irp/world/chile/allende.htm

Monday, 10-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Refugee Artist Project Festival Day @ The Playhouse

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Nottingham Refugee Artist Project Festival Day @ The Playhouse

Saturday 8th October 11am - 5pm, at Nottingham Playhouse;
A festival day celebrating the work of artists in exile across the region and the launch of an East Midlands refugee artist network: Long Journey Home. The day included theatre, music, song, poetry, film, exhibitions, food, crafts and free workshops.

Earlier post on refugees issues in Nottingham

Nottingham 'Noisy' Demo - Rights for migrants

Nottingham Labour Party Offices Occupation at for East Midlands


Nottingham Refugee Forum http://www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk

Sunday, 9-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL], Market Squa

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

People gathered in the Market Square, Nottingham on Saturday afternoon.
The campaign is gathering momentum, with many links being made with others, elsewhere in the country, having similar concerns in thier areas.

This is Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] case against the proposed expansion.

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

Awkward squads :: Unfunded, unsung and unloved they may be, but local groups fighting toxic waste have become strong national and international networks

The Guardian - Paul Evans, Wednesday June 8, 2005

Earlier on Indymedia at:

Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] Protest

and ..... the Public Meeting in Sneinton, a couple of weeks ago in September


Saturday, 8-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham No2ID Campaign & Stall

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Nottingham No2ID Campaign & Stall

On saturday afternoon, the Nottingham Group, put up a stall in the Market Square, to much public interest. especially, when people were told how much it was likely to cost the individual ....!

Nottingham NO2ID - anti Identity Card Group http://www.nottingham-no2id.org.uk

Nottingham NO2ID Operating under the NO2ID banner, are a group of people based in and around Nottingham UK who strongly oppose the UK government's plans for national biometric ID cards and a "National Identity Register" database system. We are affiliated with the nationwide NO2ID campaign.

We bring together individuals and organisations from all sections of the community and seek to ensure that the case against the identity scheme is forcefully put forward in the media, in the corridors of power and at grassroots level.

We hope to defeat the Home Secretary's proposals in Parliament, but will continue our campaign in the country at large even if legislation is passed.

Opposing ID
There are many reasons to oppose the proposed scheme, a few of which are briefly outlined below:

An ID scheme won't stop terrorists.
An ID scheme will not eliminate benefit fraud.
An ID scheme will cost billions in taxpayers money.
An ID scheme will mean your most intimate details will be controlled by the government forever.

You will have to pay for an ID scheme out of your own pocket.

The national campaign site at: http://www.no2id.net


More about the issues, including the process I went through, to take part in the Home Office Trial last year, to check on the feasability of the scheme.



ID card and database schemes, are of course, only part of the mix, used to control the populus. They will link directly into the CCTV, police surveillance [eg FIT teams] systems and the National Criminal Intelligence databases.

If you want to know any more about my interest in surveillance, please check these links out:

surv - start: http://tash.gn.apc.org/surv_10.htm
surv - watched: http://tash.gn.apc.org/watched1.htm
surv - face recog: http://tash.gn.apc.org/face_rec.htm
surv - Nomad: http://tash.gn.apc.org/nomad_10.htm
surv - mayday 2000&1: http://tash.gn.apc.org/surv_mday1.htm

Friday, 7-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham's 711th Goose Fair

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Nottingham's 711th Goose Fair

Goose Fair is one of Europe's largest travelling fairs, with more than 150 rides and 450 games and exhibitions to thrill and amuse. This was the 711th fair. It's been happening for a while.

The fair started on thursday, with the offical opening by the Sheriff of Nottingham, The Lord Mayor, and assorted dignitaries from the Showman's Guild etc .....


A Charter granted in 1284 by Edward I authorised the burgesses of Nottingham to hold a fair on the eve of the feast of St Edmund and for twelve days following. Another fair mentioned was the St Mathew's Fair held on September 21st which supposedly dates back to Anglo Saxon times. However the main fair for the people of Nottingham in terms of trade and economy was the Lenton Fair held at Lenton Priory from 1164 onwards.

In the middle ages Lenton Priory fair overshadowed the Goose Fair in size and importance, Harrisons Calendar of Fairs for 1587 mentions the Lenton Fair but not the Goose Fair. However Nottingham competed with its local rival and the arrival of over 20,000 Geese from the Fens in Lincolnshire to be sold.

I think number were a little down on previous years, the weather wasn't so wonderful, but also, people will remember the murder of Danielle Beccan. A 14 year old girl, shot dead in St Anns on the way home from last years Goose Fair. Bastards!

Shooting of Danielle Beccan :: Nottinghamshire Police Press Conf http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=233123

For last years pictures of the event, check out:

More background to the event http://www.nottinghamgoosefair.co.uk

Fairground Association of Great Britain http://www.fagb.co.uk

Showman's Guild http://www.showmensguild.com

also, While the Goose Fair is on, there are a pile more 'fringe' events in the city.

Goose Fringe Festival http://www.nottinghamfringe.com

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