• Words, photographs, and music.
    The poetry of delinquents.
    Authority ignored in the face of
    a thousand boring possibilities,
    and here and there the odd gem.

    You can't buy answers though
    the Suits will always sell them.
    Here the right questions are asked,
    and offered up for free.

Great Lakes – John Smith (album review)

John Smith’s biggest failing is printed prominently on the artwork of each of his three albums; type his name into Google and you will need to rummage through the debris in order to find him. But it is still worth doing so because (it is still worth saying), despite the cliché, the Devonshire songwriter’s common … Continue reading

Too Little Too Latte (or, The Triumphant Return of UK Uncut)

Saturday saw a raft of actions take place inside, outside and against Starbucks in the UK. The day of action, called by UK Uncut, focused on ‘women’s services’ – a broad collective category united by its necessity and damningly predictable vulnerability. Starbucks were picked as a target due to their legal – though morally reprehensible – … Continue reading

Portico Quartet: a review

Probably one of the most exciting bands on the avant-garde edge of the contemporary/jazz music scene is Portico Quartet. Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, the East London group has been honing and developing its sound for the last four years, winning new fans and accolades with each album and every performance. Comprised … Continue reading

The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade has been a long time coming. Anyone with more than a casual acquaintance with the arms industry will be well aware of its arsenal of libel lawyers, and the alacrity with which they descend upon all but the most cast iron of assertions against it. … Continue reading

The arms fair and the media

Originally published on the Pluto Press blog. It has now been six days since the main day of action called by the Stop the Arms Fair coalition against DSEi –the world’s largest arms fair- held in the Excel Centre in East London. The dust will always take a little while to settle after big campaigning days such as Tuesday, but … Continue reading

The Newham Adversary, digital version

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Violence in suits

8/09/2011 This morning, at a time of the day when by rights I should have had another 4 hours of dozing -minimum- to enjoy, I left the flat for Newham, in order to help distribute 2,000 copies of The Newham Adversary. The Adversary is a one-off community sheet produced by the Stop the Arms Fair … Continue reading

London’s Burning

“These people have no morality. They and their friends sponge off the taxpayer, they are thieves, have little respect for law, their communities, or society in general. They steal, loot, run riot through the city with impunity… have no concern for people. And now they’re coming home from their luxury holidays to sort the riots … Continue reading