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Lost Generation


Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Saturday, March 17, 10-5pm
Rich Mix, London E1 6LA

The old ideas are bust. Now is the time for the new, the marginalised, the road less travelled… dangerous ideas for dangerous times. 

Join key activists, commentators and cultural figures reflecting on a world in disarray and turmoil.

Bringing the spirit of revolution to Londonare Egyptian MP Nasr-Eddin al-Zoghbi and activist Marwa Farouk of the Socialist Renewal Current, an activist group in Cairo. They will be joined by John Rees, co-author of The People Demand, to discuss how to finish a revolution, and activists from Greece describing what it means to be at the frontline of Europe’s austerity project. BBC Economics editor Paul Mason, and author and recent Question Time panellist Owen Jones join subversive authors and activists Nina Power and Sanum Ghafoor to discuss the radical ideas needed to confront the bleak landscape of austerity Britain. Paul Mason also joins Sanum Ghafoor and Lindsey German to discuss why it’s kicking off everywhere. Situationist adbuster Rob Montgomery, graffiti politician Stik and Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah will speak and perform. TV archaeologist Neil Faulkner will be presenting a brief history of the world. Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. runs a workshop on the perils of political songwriting. He will perform after Tony Benn and Roy Bailey do their sell out Writing on the Wall show and Mark McGowan brings us the latest thoughts of the Artist Taxi Driver. There will also be live performances from Pandit G of Asian Dub Foundation and Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. The Rich Mix bar and club will be serving until 1am.

Festival organiser Clare Solomon describes the day as a ‘’fun-packed and informative day using music, multimedia and a variety of interesting formats including a ‘tweet-out’, Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, lunchtime comedy from Josie Long, a guerrilla film workshop, an exclusive ‘free shop’, live graffiti walls and much more…”

Book now online or phone 0207 613 7498 as tickets are selling fast and space is limited. Tickets are £10/£5 concessions:

The event is organised jointly by Counterfire, ISG, Verso and the Rich Mix.


Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


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Education on Trial


Education on Trial will be happening in the heart of London at ULU on Thursday 4th November from 6-11pm.

The event is held in the wake of the cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review and ahead of the NUS/UCU national demonstration against education cuts.

Comedians, artists, musicians, poets, academics and activists will discuss schools, testing, funding education, what education is for and much more around a central ‘pub table’ where audience members are encouraged to join in the debate.

Tickets are £5/3 are available online at PayPal at

Organisers are asking supporters and regulars to book up now to avoid disappointment.

The fantastic line up includes: Vicki Baars from NUS LGBT, academic and activist Gareth Dale, A-Level lecturer Matthew Beggs, a 3-minute primary school lesson, performance poet Alison Brumfitt, Ally Moss from the Middlesex occupation, Bertie and Victoria from the Really Open University, comedian Grainne Maguire, exclusive video interviews on the radical potential for education, and academic and free schools activist Debra Benita Shaw, banner making with resident artist Sky Yarlett….and you!

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)

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Capitalist Crisis


Apparently, persons at the self-esteemed National Association of Scholars seem a little perturbed and disgruntled regarding the contents of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS). One of their eminent amd most dashing of  ‘scholars’, a certain Ashley Thorne, has keyboarded two recent articles ‘revealing’ that the JCEPS publishes Marxist-inspired and other Left-inclined critical analyses of education. Well, I never! What a ‘world exclusive’ of prodigious proportions! First rate journalism!  

Thorne’s ‘arguments’ are wilfully misinforming and pseudo-indignant, but what these articles indicate is that elements on the radical Right are getting a tad jittery about the relative success of Marxist and Left critiques of capitalist schooling. As well they might, given the current crisis of capital and its consequences for education and training in the politics of austerity.  

The two epic articles can be observed at:

Thorne, A. (2009a) Guided by a Red Star: Ed Schools Bring Frankenstein to the Cradle of Marxism, The National Association of Scholars, 15th December, online at:

Thorne, A. (2009b) Che Lives? The National Association of Scholars, 29th December, online at:

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Jo Brand in Conversation

Jo Brand will be talking about her latest novel, ‘The More You Ignore Me’, a hilarious, poignant and darkly comic novel by the Queen in Comedy.


Hornchurch Library

Thursday 4th June 2009



Tickets @ £5, available to persons aged 16+ years only and should be purchased in advance from:

Hornchurch Library, 44 North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1TB.

Tel: 01708 434903

Copies of Jo’s new book will be on sale at the event, supplied by Newham Bookshop.

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