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Saturday, 1-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Critical Mass Bike About in the city

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Nottingham Critical Mass Bike About in the city

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 60 or so riders this time. More than last event ...

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.


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 .... an Indymedia Feature about the issue at:


"We are not blocking the traffic - We are Traffic!"

[ps. some bastard has stolen my bike!]

Sunday, 25-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Indymedia Gathering at Sheffield

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Indymedia Gathering at Sheffield

Convergence Weekend at Matilda



Ew also managed to get a lot more, done to the Nottingham Indymedia website at


Wednesday, 21-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
More graffiti found in Radford

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More graffiti found in Radford

This work has been found near the Moog bar, and the squat in Burns Street.

Tuesday, 20-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill Public Meeting

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

at the Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre

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 my FotoBlog at:

Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] Protest

Monday, 19-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bonnie Princess Charlie in Derby

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Bonnie Princess Charlie in Derby

I found Charlie near the Cathedral in Derby

The statue and this chap memory, is still remembered with some fondness by the Stewart Society. They lay a wreith from time to time.

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