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 on: April 15, 2014, 19:03:03 
Started by madboy - Last post by madboy

Spark it up time!
The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair returns for it's 6th bash-back on Saturday 26 April, with enough ideas, debates and books to spark a conflagration.

So come on down and add your fuel to the fire.

From 11am to 6pm at The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW.

With some 60 tables of stalls; and 30 meetings across 6 spaces, including the Bookfair Assembly Room, Permanent Culture Now Marquee, and of course ye olde Radical History Zone just 5 minutes down the road at Hydra Bookshop.

Plus an all day indoor vegan cafe from Kebele Kafe & Anarchist Teapot, kids space indoors and small adventure playground outside, and a permaculture zone in the Trinity Garden for drinks and seedbombs. All are welcome, entrance is free - but donations towards costs are welcomed. (Don't forget the After-Party later!)

As the sun shines old friends gather, new friends meet, ideas are understood as networks spread, plans are hatched and plots thicken, and there's just time for a cuppa before the next session. Don't miss out -pass it on!

See you there then.


12 noon – 1pm

Marque Z: Theatre of the Oppressed taster

Migration is human, border controls are not inevitable. They cause violence and affect all of us, to different degrees. We will work with some theatre tools – sound, image and word and experiment to see if we can gain ground in the battle of the story on migration.

Permanent Culture Now: Social control of the poor with Bristol Claimants Union

A discussion of the control of the poor though debt, means testing and guilt for the benefit of the rich. From past to present the names may change from the Speenhamland System to Tax Credits, but the approach never does.

Radical History Zone: The Free Festival Movement In the 1970s with Wally Dean

From the heyday of the anarchic free festival movement and its oppression during the Thatcher years through to the continuing struggle to free Stonehenge today.

12.30pm – 2pm

Bookfair Assembly Room:  Is Bart Simpson an Anarchist? with Bristol Anarchist Federation

We felt some of Bart Simpson’s calculations on this year’s bookfair poster were at best debatable and at worst problematic. Does Work minus Bosses, or Money minus Bankers really equal anarchy? What do we mean by the term “Work” anyway? And can money really have a role in an Anarchist society?

1pm – 2pm

The Dressing Room: Alternatives to Prison in the South West with Bristol Anarchist Black Cross

This workshop looks at how we can get people out of prison, keep them out and prevent new people going in while we dismantle the prison system and build alternatives to cages.

The Room With A View: The lessons of the 3 Cosas campaign

The story of how precarious, mostly migrant outsourced workers at University of London got organised and fought back, in conflict with their employer, the university management, the police and the bureaucracy of Unison.

Marque Z: State repression in Spain with Bristol Solidarity Federation

Last November thirty workers were arrested due to participation in an education strike. The increase of detentions and laws against protests show the government wants people to keep quiet while they dismantle basic civil rights and attack their living conditions.

Permanent Culture Now: Set up your own community growing group with Permanent Culture Now

Steve has turned a tennis court into a growing project, set-up Bolton Urban Growers and two allotments. Learn how to start an urban permaculture group, get people involved and make yourself visible to partners and funders.

Radical History Zone: The Fair Fight – Female Boxers in 18th Century Bristol with Anna Freeman

Anna will treat us to a foretaste of forthcoming The Fair Fight described as ‘a pulsating historical novel set within the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century Bristol’.

2pm – 3pm

The Dressing Room: Bitcoin for Activists

Bitcoin and crypto-currencies are big news. But what do they have to offer anarchists and activists? This workshop will provide a basic introduction to bitcoin and how its features can be used to our advantage as an economic tool and a subversive unregulated alternative to the current financial system.

The Room With A View: Rules without Rulers: Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism

Marque Z: Subverting NGOs and trade unions to create radical change with More Like People

Many anarchists work for unions, NGOs and charities. What if we could subvert these organisations rather than buying into their agenda. Liam Barrington-Bush has spent 4 years experimenting with politics in the workplace and wrote a book called Anarchists in the Boardroom.

Permanent Culture Now: Local Food Campaigns

Come along and hear from Bristol’s own food campaigners, producers and activists from Trinty Community Garden, Barton Hill Walled Garden, Sims Hill Shared Harvest, Bristol Incredible edible, Feed Bristol and the Blue Finger Alliance and learn how to get involved in a movement that is literally growing.

Radical History Zone: Eco-Anarchism, Architecture and Alternative Technology in the 70s with Stephen E. Hunt

Taking inspiration from Situationism and social ecology, 1970’s anarchist collective Street Farm offered a powerful vision of green cities in the control of ordinary people. And find out who the Bristol Gnomes were.

2.30pm – 4pm

Bookfair Assembly Room: Solidarity in Bristol with Bristol Solidarity Network, Acorn Bristol, IWW, Bristol Sol Fed, Bristol AFed, Bristol Refugee Rights

Solidarity is a central idea which we organise round but how does it work in practice – especially across social and political differences? People actively showing solidarity with workers, migrants, claimants, and local and international struggles discuss what has been productive and challenging in their solidarity work.

3pm – 4pm

The Dressing Room: Prism – the Dark Side of the Net with Hacktionlab

In June 2013 Edward Snowden revealed our worst fears: that our governments have been spying on us. This workshop looks at what it means for us, and what we can do to about it. Welcome to the Dark Side of the Net!

The Room With A View: Futures – a novel by John Barker with John Barker & PM Press

John Barker discusses his upcoming release – a novel set in 1987 London. Barker will be reading from the novel and discussing the finance industry, Thatchers’ Britain, the world of drugs and organised crime and the various links to the City.

Marque Z: Bristol Sound System Networking with More Fire Sound System

A discussion on getting Sounds Systems off the ground, putting on parties and issues relating to the free party scene in Bristol.

Permanent Culture Now: Transition & Anarchism with Transition Network

Peter explains what the Transition Movement is and how it has grown from small beginnings in Totnes to a global movement of 1200 groups. Followed by a discussion on Transition and Anarchism, are they friends or opposing movements?

Radical History Zone: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements with Anandi Ramamurthy

Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movement (Pluto, 2013) documents the Asian youth movements in 1970s and 80s Britain who, inspired by Black Power movements, struggled against the racism of the street and the state.

4pm – 5pm

The Dressing Room: No workfare! No sanctions! with Boycott Workfare & Bristol Claimants Union

Join us for a discussion on challenging workfare and benefit sanctions. We’ll share information on the rights we have and discuss how to organise to enforce these rights at the Job Centre and bring about the end of workfare.

The Room With A View: Why Men Against Patriarchy? with Bristol Men Against Patriarchy

An Introduction and Q&A with one of Bristol’s newest groups. What is patriarchy and why should men challenge it? What do we talk about? Do men have a role in feminism? Why have meetings for men only? How can we confront patriarchy? What are our future plans? All genders welcome.

Marque Z:  Anarchists, Religion and State

How applicable today are attitudes to religion and state dating from revolutionary Russia or Spain? The two great evils to be destroyed or ignored! History can instruct us but can also make us force today’s events into an out-dated narrative. Do these attitudes increase or limit our social influence?

Permanent Culture Now: Anarchism and the Commons with Tom Henfrey – Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems

Throughout history people have organised to negotiate access to and responsibility for resources held in common. Common property shows participatory governance in action – an alternative to both state and market.

4 – 5.30pm

Radical History Zone: Skulkers and mutineers in WWI with Roger Ball & Colin Thomas

Find out how Blackadder could have been funnier and how Tommy and Fritz put their ‘cunning plans’ into action. Bristol dockers voted for Britain maintaining neutrality. When male ILP activists were sent to prison, women members continued to leaflet against the slaughter.

4.30pm – 6pm

Bookfair Assembly Room: Fracking & New Fossil Fuels – the new Climate Justice Frontline with Frack Free Bristol & Corporate Watch

5pm – 6pm

The Dressing Room: Workers’ Power in under an hour with Bristol IWW

Bristol IWW will run a tutorial on how to work together with your colleagues to challenge your boss and win better working conditions today and working class power tomorrow.

The Room With A View: Opposing the 2014 NATO Summit with No NATO Newport

In early September 2014, thousands of politicians, cops and businessmen, including 60 world “leaders”, will descend on Newport, S.Wales, for a summit of NATO. We’ll be there to try and stop them. Find out more about what’s planned and how you can get involved.

Marque Z: North Morocco’s migration crisis with Interzone Voices

The crisis faced by 10,000+ Subsaharan African migrants in Morocco is an under-reported atrocity committed by the EU against non-white people. Hear the testimony of migrants themselves to understand the racist and imperialist system Anarchists seek to destroy.

Permanent Culture Now: Bristol Indymedia has had a refit

Find out how the new Indymedia site can help your group or what volunteer roles there are for people who want to get involved. If you have used it let us know what you think about the new site and what else we could be doing.

5.30 – 6.30pm

Radical History Zone: Screening of Epiphany about the Fifth Monarchist with Suzy Gillet (dir)

A documentary, produced by Ian Bone, evoking the Mystics and Anarchists of the English Revolution that draws parallels with today’s fight against the monarchy and City of London Corporation.

Useful links for more info:

Bookfair - http://www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org/bookfair-2014-workshops-stalls-announced/
Bookfair event - https://www.facebook.com/events/217050101814738/
After-Party event - https://www.facebook.com/events/475029109292793/
Radical History Zone - http://www.brh.org.uk/site/event-series/bristol-anarchist-bookfair-2014/

 on: April 15, 2014, 18:53:38 
Started by MC K*NERS - Last post by MC K*NERS
Interview Part 2,"The Cypher" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFezf9x2xRk

 on: April 15, 2014, 15:07:08 
Started by adamreid1 - Last post by adamreid1



The 10th edition of CACOPHONOUS SARCOPHAGUS is more than a little special.

We're having this special bash at the incredible...

Yep, the massive one right next to The Fleece/Civil Justice Centre.

But without further ado, the bands...

the body
[Portland, Oregon]

None heavier.
A harrowing 2-piece with the force of 200.

'Christ, Redeemers' is The Quietus's metal album of the year, describing it as "bleak, distressing, very challenging"

"Apocalyptic, experimental noisemongers the Body consistently challenge themselves to make music darker, weirder, denser and increasingly desolate. Their latest offering, Christs, Redeemers, continues this noble work of sonic perversion. The duo (composed of Chip King and Lee Buford) attempt to compose a soundtrack to the biblical Rapture, something that is at once transcendent and torturous.

While the Body are experts at playing with aural textures and layers, the decadent variety of sounds on Christs, Redeemers is next level, even for them. From thick, steel wool walls of electronic feedback and black metal buzzing to fleshy membranes of fractured percussion and splitting guitar tones, as well as diaphanous sheets of vocals that are occasionally pierced with agonized cries, the intricacy and intelligence of the way the sounds are layered is an exceptional achievement.
(Thrill Jockey)

FFO: Black Cobra, Conan, Bismuth, bass in ya face

[Oslo, Norway]

Norwegian-Grammy award winning noise-rock of the highest caliber.
I last saw them opening a show to about 7 heads, wearing nothing but denim booty-shorts and Native-Indian war bonnets, kicking out the fucking jams like there's no tomorrow.

"Årabrot are currently one of the best heavy rock bands in the world" - John Doran

"Pretty much untouchable in the global noise-rock stakes right now." - NME

FFO: Melvins, The Birthday Party, Shellac

Hey Colossus

HC headlined the very first crypt outing and now they're almost at the bottom of the bill, how the mighty have fallen...

The UK's premier psychedelic noise-rock act, no contest.

Cuckoo Lives Life Like Cuckoo was probably my album of the year, and arguably their best...yet!

FFO: Part Chimp, Dethscalator, Todd, Can

Hotel Wrecking City Traders
[Melbourne, Australia]

These guys were new to me when JT told me they were in the country at this time.

2-piece = check
Desert-riff-rock = check
Australian = check


"HWCT are an instrumental noise rock duo with a heavy focus on improvisation and a love of loud volume and the psychedelic."

FFO: Colour Haze, Earthless, Gonga

 on: April 15, 2014, 13:38:05 
Started by Out of Hand - Last post by Out of Hand
We know where people go and the best places to target them successfully, reach music lovers this Bank Holiday by including your flyers in the Out of Hand Flyer Packs:

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 on: April 15, 2014, 13:06:31 
Started by Hooner - Last post by Hooner

 on: April 15, 2014, 12:17:31 
Started by whalemonste® - Last post by whalemonste®
As you're a bunch of dreaded unwashed hippy types, you might be interested in this ORG Bristol event on privacy and mass surveillance:



 on: April 15, 2014, 11:36:26 
Started by top cat - Last post by top cat
Was incorrectly given a parking ticket today - parking services will be wishing they had never been born after they read this.

Your ref: PCN Number IX-------A, 'Served' on 15/04/2014

Dear Parking Services Team,

This is just to notify you that I have been issued with a ticket for parking in a zone 2 space, when my parking permit was clearly displayed in the windscreen of my car (just next to tax disc). I have been out of town with work, so had not opened your correspondence of 09/04/14 which contained a new parking permit to replace my cancelled permit 1-------1, which was cancelled due to an administrative mistake at your office.
I have spoken to a member of the Parking Services Team on the phone today who assures me that said ticket will be quashed forthwith.

Many thanks for your help in this matter. It only remains for me to wish you the same happy motoring and parking experience that I enjoy every day on the highways and byways of our fair county town of Ipswich.

Yours sincerely,

Benjamin Isiah

 on: April 15, 2014, 11:31:51 
Started by Finesse - Last post by Finesse
This Saturday Yo!  Cool

 on: April 15, 2014, 09:01:08 
Started by Hooner - Last post by Skippy

 on: April 15, 2014, 02:32:56 
Started by trewhella - Last post by Sodapop
Two Thumbs

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