Once, we took a stand

On July 4th 1942 a British merchant ship was sunk near Spitzbergen, torpedoed by german bombers. She was the SS Navarino, and was just one of 21 ships that were sunk on convoy activities in the North Sea that day. In total 84 merchant ships and 18 warships were lost on Arctic Concoy duty, and … Continue reading Once, we took a stand

Fighting For Crumbs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL6WiFwXJBA As part of our recent exhibition, we made a video. It's always unerving seeing - or more accurately hearing - yourself as others do, but nonetheless really pleased with the result, it encapsulates the underlying theme of the show very effectively. Hope you can find the time to watch 🙂    

Fighting For Crumbs

Another project I have been involved in is coming to fruition. Fighting For Crumbs (Art in the shadow of neo-liberal Britain) is a group exhibition featuring video, installation, 3D wall art, crafted art, paintings, photography, poetry and performance. The main exhibition is taking place in Sheffield, and ties in to an exhibition of John Ledgers … Continue reading Fighting For Crumbs

Elements of place – Orgreave

Orgreave coking plant, on the outskirts of Sheffield. Famous for being the site of a pitched battle between Police and striking coal miners during the 1984 dispute, the plant supplied coke to the steel manufacturers of South Yorkshire and Scunthorpe, and was closed in 1990. That's the bare bones. The truth of the battle of … Continue reading Elements of place – Orgreave

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! ENGLAND & WALES LAND GRAB… OF LAND THAT BELONGS TO EVERYONE… SPREAD THE WORD, SOUND THE ALARM… HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 18

Cakes O’bread

 

I don’t normally re blog, but thought this was important enough to share. I urge you to take the time to read it, ponder, and do something, even if it’s only signing the petition. The painting is of Cakes O’bread, above Derwentwater. It’s on access land that others fought for my right to roam on, let’s not let go of their victory by allowing the biggest potential theft of public assets since the enclosures. Cheers. John

Subject. Object.

UPDATE: Petition has now been launched, SIGN IT BY CLICKING HERE

ACTION NEEDED NOW TO HALT PROPOSED LEGISLATION WHICH WILL ALLOW ALL PUBLIC LAND IN ENGLAND AND WALES TO BE PRIVATISED
DEBATE (SECOND READING) IN HOUSE OF LORDS THIS WEDNESDAY (JUNE 18) 
For all those sent this who don’t know me… I am secretary of Hands Off Our Forest, a pressure group dedicated to keeping the Forest of Dean and other public woodlands in public ownership. At our meeting this week, we decided we must press for an exemption for the Public Forest Estate (that is, all those woodlands in England that are owned by all of us, and managed by the Forestry Commission) within the Infrastructure Bill…
You may recall that we kicked up quite a fuss in 2010/11 over plans for the forest sell-off, and the law which would have made it possible, the Public Bodies Bill. Our campaign, in association…

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