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The industrial lift door opens onto a light green corridor lined with posters.
“Hack the future of photography.”
“Intensive product design course.”
“Introduction to 3D printing.”
“Let’s have a beta beer. – Free beer while it lasts.”
“Introduction to woodworking.”
“Programming is SEXY. Let’s code an innovative world! /usr/get/turned/on.”
We’re in Betahaus, a collaborative space[...]

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Drinks and Drugs News: Be The Change – 6th National Service User’s Conference Closing Session

Here is a 5min excerpt of paper I gave to the 6th National Service User [Drug Users] Conference
Feb 14th 2013
Of the 500-strong delegation; the vast majority were people who have been or are dependent on opiates, crack, cocaine all badduns like me;-) a few of them are now paid drugs workers, but mostly[...]

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London March Against Monsanto 25th May 2013

2 million protestors. 52 Cities.
This is the livestream of the London Demo. Small barely a thousand, but good for a first Demo. 300 ended up having a tour of London along with the Hare Krishna band.

March Against Monsanto: Tour of London.

Outside the U.S. Embassy.[...]

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Clerkenwell, Islington Fire Station consultation.

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Arriving at the Islington Assembly.

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LFEPA meeting in #islington. Andrew Dismore clear that Lab, Green & LDs oppose cuts. Boris insisting on them. Fall hardest in inner London.

Questions from the Local People.
Fire cuts are discrimination against inner London where more[...]

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Save Our Firestations: Downham & New Cross. Consultation

Save Our Fire Stations
Lewisham, Wednesday, 22 May 7-9pm at Sydenham School, Dartmouth Road, London SE26 4RD
Over the next two years the London Fire brigade faces £45 million pounds of politically motivated cuts at the hands of Boris Johnson. He wants to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 engines and slash 520 firefighter jobs[...]

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The Man Who Pushed a Toy Pig to the Bank of England. #Pigs2Pigs

Resting in Trafalgar Square. Then off to Charing Cross. The Strand.[...]

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DEFEND LONDON’S NHS DEMONSTRATION 18 MAY

This demonstration has been called by an unprecedented coalition of London residents, medical staff, trade unions and health campaigners who have come together to raise the alarm regarding the biggest threats to A & E’s, maternity units and in-hospital care for a generation.
Closures planned across the capital include nine accident and emergency departments, a[...]

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Can squatters, private renters and council tenants unite?

The first time I heard a friend talking about squatters standing shoulder to shoulder with council tenants and private renters, I was doubtful to say the least. Ok, possibly the squatting community could share it’s experience with resisting evictions, of which it has plenty, but what did the groups really have in common at heart?[...]

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LIBOR rigging bankers defrauded local councils’ funds

 
Treasury reports reveal how local authorities lost hundreds of millions – if not billions –as a consequence of the LIBOR rate rigging scandal.
British councils face 34% cuts to vital services that can be attributed to reductions in government funding. Austerity cuts are interlinked to Britain’s support for the banker’s through the bailout. Additionally,[...]

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