Monthly Archives: June 2010

Activists who decommissioned arms factory acquitted

The Guardian, 30 June 2010 Five activists who caused £180,000 damage to an arms factory were acquitted after they argued they were seeking to prevent Israeli war crimes. The five were jubilant after a jury found them not guilty of … Continue reading

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Is the Parliament square camp a national treasure?

Index on Censorship, 30 June 2010 There is an oddity to the traffic arrangements around Parliament Square, but it will take the casual visitor several minutes to spot it. In fact even the keenest of observers may not spot it … Continue reading

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Art activism at the Tate

The Guardian, June 29, 2010 The warmth of a real June day is still in the air. It is so soothingly hot, so summery, that it’s hard to believe that activists are really about to take direct action outside the … Continue reading

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Marmalade buns…

We’re having the annual cricket match in the communal garden today and the best bit (obviously) is the tea afterwards. I’ve made marmalade buns from the lovely Jane Brocket book: they’re really easy, use up old oranges, and are lovely. … Continue reading

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Just been down Lewes Road community garden…

They’re in the middle of packing up and leaving to make way for a new branch of Tescos. Everyone is pretty sad, and determined to keep the spirit of the gardens going; for a year now they’ve been a community … Continue reading

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On my desk….

I cut this rose from our patio yesterday and put it on my desk. Overnight it opened up into this otherworldly glow.

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It’s jelly, Jim, but not as we know it

The Guardian, 23 June 2010 Next Tuesday, to celebrate the first anniversary of its restored Elizabethan gardens, Kenilworth Castle is laying on a 300-dish, 320,000-calorie dessert course including gold-gilded jelly, nine varieties of custard tarts, 20 sugar sculptures (bears, houses … Continue reading

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Plasma screens but no toast

Guardian, 21 June 2010

George wants four pieces of toast, cut into four please. Bea is having porridge with a gentle snowfall of sugar across the top. Poppy is thoughtfully picking the slices of banana out of the bowl of chopped fruit in the middle of the table. Continue reading

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I fought the squirrel… and the squirrel won

The squirrels are breaking into my house – and there’s sod all I can do about it Continue reading

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The Battle of Bonn

If you are a normal person – not a politician, activist or negotiator – you might imagine that, at the international talks on a climate-change deal that took place between 31 May and 11 June in Bonn, people were coming … Continue reading

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