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We cover a wide range of top­ics by all ages for all ages:

  • Eco issues, human rights and in-depth news (both local and global)
  • Sci­ence, his­tory, arts and poetry
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Listen here: Politics Show on Iraq Intervention


LISTEN HERE TO THE POLITICS SHOW NOW This week Davy Jones, Green Party par­lia­ment­ary can­did­ate for Kemp­town, dis­cusses the dangers of another mil­it­ary inter­ven­tion in Iraq as Par­lia­ment votes today on whether to make air strikes in Iraq. Inter­views with Chris Nyman from Stop the war coali­tion and Samara from the Winter Cloth­ing Appeal.


The Italian Job — Buy this track and help cancer victim go to Italy & Interview with ‘Walk for Charlie’ Fundraiser, Mary Gibson

Down­load and donate here 

LISTEN HERE to Mary Gib­son, a friend of 15yr old can­cer vic­tim Charlie Hilton, describe Charlie’s cour­age whilst under­go­ing treat­ment which has now ended and the cam­paign to raise £10,000 to ful­fill his greatest wish — to see the Colos­seum and the Lean­ing Tower of Pisa with his own eyes. Mary is inter­viewed by pupils from Brighton Col­lege who were vis­it­ing Radio Free Brighton on their com­munity involve­ment ses­sion of ‘Make a Dif­fer­ence Day’. The pupils also recor­ded a song to sell at their school as part of the fun­drais­ing campaign.

Please come and join us and make Charlie’s wish come true!

 Sat­urday 11th Octo­ber 2014

 Hove Lagoon—Brighton Pier

 Ideally £10.00 per Family

How­ever any dona­tion great or small will be much appreciated

 Please Arrive at 10:00am

 10:30am start Tak­ing part in the walk:

Pep­per Pig—George Pig—Darlek

 There will also be a raffle!

Charlie was dia­gnosed in August 2012, aged 13 years, with a rare and aggress­ive can­cer called a Desmo Plastic Small Round Cell Tumour. He has endured 2 years of treat­ment, with ter­rible side effects. The can­cer has returned for the third time and is now con­sidered ter­minal. Charlie wants to enjoy the remainder of his life and he has expressed a wish to see the ‘Lean­ing Tower of Pisa’ and ‘The Coli­seum in Rome’.  

For more inform­a­tion please con­tact Sylvia Whelan:

If you would like to donate to help Charlie’s wish come true, please donate to:



Ebola Awareness Clowns: Deadly Serious

The dis­ease has killed a total of 1,552 people and infec­ted 3,062 as of August 26, accord­ing to WHO figures. 

As the Ebola death toll rises and the virus con­tin­ues to spread across West Africa, we are work­ing with act­ors and clowns to gain people’s trust and attention.

One of the biggest chal­lenges to aid  work­ers try­ing to con­tain the virus on the ground is that sadly many people don’t trust inform­a­tion com­ing from offi­cial sources and there is a lot of con­fu­sion about how Ebola is contracted.

Local radio presenter Aliie Badara says: “In the begin­ning the people were run­ning away from us. They were very afraid of us. They thought we were going to vac­cin­ate them with the Ebola virus. There were so many rumors.”

We are halfway through our Ebola pub­lic health cam­paign in Sierra Leone and will shortly be start­ing out­reach in Liberia. We need your sup­port to con­tinue our life sav­ing work.

Help save lives by donat­ing to ActionAid’s Ebola appeal.

The Ebola virus is spread­ing. More than 1,500 people in West Africa have died and thou­sands more are at risk.

Ebola has no known cure and a mor­tal­ity rate of 60%. My col­leagues in West Africa have been work­ing tire­lessly to slow its spread.

We have been:

  • provid­ing food and oil for people in quarantine.
  • giv­ing med­ical and san­it­a­tion sup­plies to under-funded med­ical centres.
  • provid­ing pro­tect­ive gear to health workers.
  • going door-to-door inform­ing people how to pro­tect themselves.
  • trans­lat­ing leaf­lets into local lan­guages so people learn how the virus works.
  • broad­cast­ing safety mes­sages to com­munit­ies using loud­speak­ers and radio messages.
  • cre­at­ing awareness-raising per­form­ances and songs to ensure people remem­ber how to keep safe.

» See more of our work

The World Health Organ­isa­tion states that it will take six months to bring this dis­ease under control.

We will con­tinue our work to ensure that as many people as pos­sible are kept safe from this disease.


Mike Noyes
Action­Aid Head of Human­it­arian Response and Resilience


The LOOming Eco Crisis

Centre for Altern­at­ive Tech­no­logy media officer Kim Bryan explores the impacts of the loom band craze

Its a ques­tion that has been both­er­ing me for a while as I watch my son Neru glee­fully pro­duce another brace­let for his already covered arm. Surely these things must have an envir­on­mental impact. I stuck my head in the sand and got on with enjoy­ing my son’s abund­ant cre­ativ­ity. The thing is, I work at CAT and even­tu­ally the nig­gly voice took over; this is what I found out.

Every­where you go these days you see them – on trains and buses, at play parks, lib­rar­ies and schools: tiny col­our­ful elastic bands being trans­formed into a myriad of dif­fer­ent things. The loom band craze has taken of at a phe­nom­enal rate; kids every­where are get­ting cre­at­ive and mak­ing  jew­ellery with these easy to use and appeal­ing elastic bands.


Yet the envir­on­mental con­sequences of loom bands are becom­ing increas­ingly appar­ent. A surge in demand has led to the devel­op­ment of new plant­a­tions in East Asia, with act­iv­ists point­ing toair and water pol­lu­tion from the pro­duc­tion pro­cess. Animal wel­fare groups have soun­ded the alarm of the threat to animal and mar­ine life. In addi­tion, the loom bands are not recyclable.

Loom uses non-latex rub­ber, which means the bands are a syn­thetic product made largely from sil­ic­one. Syn­thetic mater­i­als require less land to pro­duce, but they aren’t renew­able, as nat­ural rub­ber is. Recyc­ling con­sult­ants WasteCon­nect said loom bands are a grow­ing problem;

They can’t be recycled and when a child does even­tu­ally get bored with them and the craze dies out, they will just be tak­ing up space. I really don’t know what can be done with them that would solve the grow­ing problem.”

In the Phil­ip­pines animal wel­fare organ­isa­tion PAWS has warned pet own­ers to keep their pets away from loom bands due to the risk of intest­inal obstruc­tion. In the US some veter­in­ari­ans have treated dogs and cats with severe vomit­ing or diarrhea caused by ingest­ing one or more loom bands. If the animal swal­lows sev­eral bands, an intest­inal block­age can form, a prob­lem that can become fatal without sur­gery. Cats, which have smal­ler digest­ive pas­sages, are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­able. The bands are also dif­fi­cult to spot on an X-ray, mak­ing dia­gnosis a challenge.


Wild­life can exper­i­ence the same effects from elastic bands,  ducks are among the most vul­ner­able creatures, with the bands get­ting wrapped around their beaks or necks . The anim­als some­times ingest the bands, which can cause prob­lems as they pass through the digest­ive tract. Paul, dir­ector of con­ser­va­tion at the National Mar­ine Aquar­ium in Ply­mouth, said: “’Loom bands, like any plastic item, are cap­able of per­sist­ing in the envir­on­ment for many, many years and there is abund­ant evid­ence of small plastic items mak­ing their way into the diets of mar­ine anim­als and seabirds with tra­gic con­sequences. I’d be par­tic­u­larly wor­ried about loom bands being taken to the beach, due to the like­li­hood of them get­ting into the sea.”

In the US, an online peti­tion has been set up call­ing for a ban on the bands until they can be ‘pro­duced and recycled in an environmentally-sustainable way’. The peti­tion says:

Sur­ging demand for Rain­bow Looms has led to the devel­op­ment of new rub­ber plant­a­tions in East Asia. Not only does rub­ber pro­duc­tion task the regional envir­on­ment, but it also con­trib­utes to air and water pol­lu­tion. The syn­thetic mater­i­als used to pro­duce the looms are not renew­able or recyclable.”

The Centre for Altern­at­ive Tech­no­logy runs kids’ activ­it­ies through­out the sum­mer that make recycled green jew­ellery. There are some really easy to ideas on line that use nat­ural mater­i­als such as clay, stones, shells, yarn, etc. Friend­ships bands used to be a huge phe­nomenon and involve plait­ing col­oured pieces of thread together, res­ult­ing in a mini work of art that is bio­de­grad­able, easy to do and much more envir­on­ment­ally sus­tain­able.  Bet­ter get the yarn out then!


Media Depart­ment
Machynlleth, POW SY20 9AZ
United Kingdom



Stop the War National demo: Stop the bombing of Iraq — don’t attack Syria — Saturday 4 October‏


Stop the bomb­ing of Iraq — don’t attack Syria
National demon­stra­tion, Sat­urday 4 October

Assemble 1pm,
Temple Place,
Lon­don WC2R 3BD
Par­lia­ment has voted for the third Iraq War. The last two have brought almost unima­gin­able suf­fer­ing to the people of Iraq and have helped to cre­ate the cur­rent chaos, driv­ing the coun­try to the brink of break up.

They claim this is a human­it­arian oper­a­tion to defeat Isis. In fact Isis is backed by vari­ous middle east powers and a new aer­ial bom­bard­ment will not defeat it. It will how­ever kill inno­cents, fur­ther frag­ment the coun­try and inflame violence.

The record of the west’s wars in Afgh­anistan, Iraq and Libya show that as well as cre­at­ing misery and may­hem, west­ern mil­it­ary inter­ven­tions make the world a more volat­ile, dan­ger­ous place.

Cameron’s new war has built-in mis­sion creep. Dis­cus­sions are already under­way for Bri­tain to join the bomb­ing of Syria, and there are grow­ing calls for boots on the ground.

The Stop the War Coali­tion is ask­ing every one of its sup­port­ers to throw them­selves in to the cam­paign against the insan­ity of another war on Iraq.

Spread the word every­where about next Saturday’s demonstration:

  • Get the anti-war mes­sage onto every High Street and com­munity. Organ­ise peti­tion­ing, leaf­let­ing, street meet­ings and protests where you  live. Phone or e-mail us to be put in touch with other local anti-war activists.
  • Join the anti war-contingent tomor­row on the protests at the Tory Party con­fer­ence. Meet 11am, ICC, Broad Street, Birm­ing­ham B1 2EA
  • Share the event with your Face­book contacts
  • Down­load and print factsheet

Free Food at Lantern Fayre on The Level October 3–5

At this year’s Lan­tern Fayre Com­munity Arts Fest­ival, we will cel­eb­rate autumn’s abund­ance in fab­ulously excess­ive style with the Sur­plus Har­vest Feast, a nutri­tious, tasty and abso­lutely free meal for all to come and share.The Food Waste Col­lect­ive in asso­ci­ation with Food War­ri­ors and the Real Junk Food Pro­ject will be using good food inter­cep­ted from being wasted to cook up a pleth­ora of hearty delights to cel­eb­rate the joy of eat­ing together and high­light the oppor­tun­it­ies avail­able in Brighton and else­where to util­ise sur­plus food for the good of everyone.Grab your friends and (if you can) bring a bowl and spoon for the Great Serving Up at 2pm on 5 Octo­ber 2014!Interested in volun­teer­ing at the sur­plus feast? Please con­<>
The Lan­tern Fayre is held on The Level (BN1 4SB) in the centre of Brighton, within easy walk­ing dis­tance of the train sta­tion. Park­ing space is very lim­ited.



Biggest Climate Change March Ever : News and pics


This was the largest mobil­isa­tion on cli­mate change in history.

Yes­ter­day was a cli­mate march

*6 times* the size of any­thing before it!!! This was 80 city blocks of New York:

People's Climate March
















And this was Lon­don, Ber­lin, Bogota, Paris, Delhi, and Melbourne…









Over 675,000 of us marched around the world. It was a beau­ti­ful expression

of our love for all that cli­mate change threatens, and our hope that we can save

this world and build a soci­ety powered by 100% safe, clean energy.

Click to see more pic­tures from the day:

Together, we made his­tory, but it’s just the begin­ning. The cru­cial Paris climate

sum­mit is 15 months from now – that’s where we need a global deal. By March

next year, coun­tries have pledged to make their national com­mit­ments — so our

move­ment will divide to focus on these national tar­gets. But every few months until

Paris we’ll come together glob­ally again and again, big­ger and big­ger, to beat a

drum for change, for 100% clean energy, that our lead­ers can only follow.

The move­ment we’ve been wait­ing for has begun.


Permission for hundreds of homes and jobs at derelict fruit and veg market, Circus Street, Brighton

Coun­cil­lors have approved a major regen­er­a­tion scheme in cent­ral Brighton which will deliver hun­dreds of jobs and homes.

The plan­ning com­mit­tee today (Septem­ber 17, 2014) agreed the Public-Private Part­ner­ship scheme by Cathed­ral (Brighton) Ltd, the Uni­ver­sity of Brighton and the city coun­cil to trans­form the one–hectare site off Cir­cus Street.

The former muni­cipal fruit and veg mar­ket would become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innov­a­tion quarter’, expec­ted to cre­ate 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s eco­nomy over the next 10 years.

Per­mis­sion includes 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable.

New teach­ing and research facil­it­ies would be cre­ated for the Uni­ver­sity of Brighton, includ­ing a new lib­rary.  Pres­sure would be taken off the city’s fam­ily homes by the inclu­sion of 450 units of stu­dent accom­mod­a­tion, say officials.

Along­side will be a new dance stu­dio for South East Dance, expec­ted to attract 70,000 vis­it­ors and users a year.

Work­spaces would be aimed at start-up busi­nesses, artists and lar­ger com­pan­ies.  A mod­ern office build­ing, includ­ing over 3,000 sqm of flex­ible space would help grow­ing cre­at­ive and digital busi­nesses remain and flour­ish in the city.

Per­mis­sion includes res­taur­ants or shops at ground floor level, around a new pub­lic square.  Cathed­ral are prom­ising a “new genre” of urban devel­op­ment with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allot­ments for food grow­ing — pro­du­cing over 200kg of food per year for residents.

Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local trans­port and recre­ation pro­vi­sion and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.


For more inform­a­tion you can visit:


Sussex South Downs declared new UNESCO biosphere reserve

Photo @ Mur­ray Ballard

The Brighton and Lewes Downs have become the first place in the UK to be declared a UNESCO bio­sphere reserve in nearly half a century

The Amazon rain­forest of Brazil, the Galapa­gos islands of Ecuador, and now the South Downs of Sussex.

The link may sound unsuit­able, but it shouldn’t. The Brighton and Lewes South Downs have just joined an illus­tri­ous group of UNESCO declared bio­sphere reserves – one of only 631 world­wide, and the first one to be awar­ded in the UK for forty years.

UNESCO’s Man and the Bio­sphere pro­gramme is a global ini­ti­at­ive that aims to estab­lish a sci­entific basis for the improve­ment of sus­tain­able rela­tion­ships between people and their envir­on­ments. More than just offer­ing pro­tec­tion and pre­ser­va­tion, the award is inten­ded to be a demon­stra­tion of the har­mo­ni­ous co-existence between a region’s people and their sur­round­ing nat­ural world.


Glyndebourne Festival 2015 announced this month

This month, we are delighted to provide a spe­cial G News announ­cing all of the pro­duc­tions that will be per­formed in Fest­ival 2015 fea­tur­ing some famil­iar names and faces. You can take advant­age of pri­or­ity book­ing for Fest­ival tick­ets and be part of the Glyn­de­bourne fam­ily by becom­ing an Asso­ci­ate Mem­ber today.

Donizetti’s Poli­uto

Mari­ame Clé­ment (Don Pasquale, Fest­ival 2013) tackles the grand scale of this Don­iz­etti work, in a new pro­duc­tion, along with pre­vi­ous col­lab­or­ator Enrique Mazzola who will con­duct the LPO. Amer­ican tenor Michael Fabi­ano (pic­tured), who made his Glyn­de­bourne debut this year as Alfredo (La travi­ata), takes on the power­ful title role.

Bizet’s Car­men

Car­men will be revived for Fest­ival 2015 and is the first of two pro­duc­tions in Fest­ival  2015 from dir­ector David McVicar. Former Glyn­de­bourne Tour Music Dir­ector Jakub Hrůša will return to con­duct the Lon­don Phil­har­monic Orches­tra with Stéphanie d’Oustrac (pic­tured) in the title role.

Mozart’s Die Ent­führung aus dem Serail

The second work from David McVicar is a new pro­duc­tion of  Mozart’s tale of sexual polit­ics and cul­tural col­li­sion. Music Dir­ector Robin Tic­ci­ati (pic­tured) will con­duct his fifth Moz­art opera for Glyn­de­bourne, lead­ing the Orches­tra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Ravel Double Bill

Fest­ival 2015 con­cludes with a revival of the acclaimed Ravel Double Bill (Fest­ival 2012), from the ima­gin­a­tion of French dir­ector Laurent Pelly. Dani­elle de Niese (pic­tured) will star as both Con­cep­ción inL’heure espagnole and the Child inL’enfant et les sortilèges, con­duc­ted by Robin Ticciati.


Apple Day at Stanmer Park Sun, 28 Sept 2014 11am to 5pm


A won­der­ful, annual fam­ily event, in and around the orch­ards of Stan­mer Park. The day fea­tures masses of apple-themed activ­it­ies, food & drink, storytelling, plays, music, apple iden­ti­fic­a­tion and a won­der­ful range of stalls selling local pro­duce and a lot more. Not to be missed… the sun always shines! (£5 park­ing charge.) *If any organ­isa­tion is inter­ested in rent­ing a stall to sell or pro­mote event-appropriate products/services, e.g. local food pro­du­cers, groups pro­mot­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity, wild­life, tra­di­tional crafts, etc., please con­tact us via our web­site.


Actions countrywide against Fracking August 18th MEDIA MISSED

IGas HQ blockaded.

15 Cam­paign­ers from Bal­combe, Bar­ton Moss and across the coun­try have block­aded both entrances to the IGas headquar­ters, 7 Down Street, West­min­ster, Lon­don, W1J 7AJ. Police have arrived at the site along­side secur­ity, but look unlikely to act soon. — in Lon­don, United Kingdom.


Hurray! Rampion gets go ahead for wind farm off Brighton and Hove!!

Ram­pion Cur­rent Status

We’ve now been awar­ded con­sent to con­struct and oper­ate Ram­pion Off­shore Wind Farm. Con­sent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 tur­bines to be installed off the Sus­sex coast. We’ll be updat­ing these pages soon with more information.

If you’d like to view our final pro­pos­als, please click the links below.

The Ram­pion Pro­ject Update (April 2013) and Ram­pion April 2013 News­let­ter provide an over­view of the con­sulta­tion feed­back and the final pro­pos­als, includ­ing the key changes we’ve made.

For any other enquir­ies about the Ram­pion pro­ject, please email us at or call 01273 603 721.



Latest news on our Pledge to Save the NHS


Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…

Sus­sex Defend the NHS and Brighton & Hove Keep Our NHS Pub­lic are seek­ing sup­port from local Uni­ons and Com­munity Groups for their Pledge to Save the NHS (attached here).  It’s aimed at pro­spect­ive par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates, and the cam­paign to get them to sign it will be launched at the end of the sum­mer, with press events, a web site, let­ter writ­ing and a hust­ings planned lead­ing up to the elec­tions in 2015.
We’ve got off to a good start: so far we’ve secured sup­port from the GMB, Brighton & Hove NUJ, Uni­son Sus­sex Part­ner­ship Branch, Brighton & Hove Uni­son, Brighton & Hove People’s Assembly, and Brighton & Hove Trades Coun­cil. And there are more in the pipeline. (We’ll be adding logos shortly)
Are you a Trade Union mem­ber? If so, please raise sup­port­ing our Pledge to Save the NHS with your branch so that we can add your Logo and show the local par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates where their pri­or­it­ies should lie. We’d be happy to provide a speaker at your next branch meet­ing to tell you more about our campaign.
And if you are a mem­ber of a Com­munity Group, please see if it will lend its sup­port too.
Events com­ing up

Can you join us? Let us know if you can help out for a while at any of these stalls or if you plan to come to our meet­ings. We also have work­ing groups for our Roll of Dis­hon­our, Pledge to save the NHS, & SMS cam­paigns, if that is more your style. Let us know!


Sat 6 Sept

999 Call for the NHSPeople’s #march4nhs Rally for end of march from Jarrow

West­min­ster Lon­don– details to follow

Tues 9 Sept 

 Health and Well Being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

(lobby for SMS tbc)

Tues 9 Sept

Sus­sex Defend the NHS organ­ising meet

7pm Brighthelm Centre

Wed 10 Sept           

Health Over­view and Scru­tiny Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall

Tues 23 Sept

B&H Clin­ical Com­mis­sion­ing Group Board and AGM

2–4.30 & 4.30−6 Brighthelm Centre

Tues 14th Oct

Health and Well­being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

Thurs 16th Oct

Policy and Resources Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall
Cupp Sem­inar: ‘The NHS Cit­izen’ with Simon Bur­all and Anthony Zachar­zewski
1.30 — 2.30pm, Fri­day 10th Octo­ber — A500 Check­land Build­ing, Falmer cam­pus
Simon and Anthony are part of a lar­ger part­ner­ship devel­op­ing NHS Cit­izen<>. A national sys­tem of pub­lic and patient engage­ment being developed to hold the Board of NHS Eng­land to account. While the sys­tem is national, most patients and cit­izens exper­i­ence the health ser­vice at a local level. This sem­inar will explore how the sys­tem is being designed to work and will invite par­ti­cipants to draw on their exper­i­ence, expert­ise and know­ledge to help answer ques­tions about whether and how such sys­tems can plug into local spaces where cit­izens are already debat­ing health and social care. Simon is the Dir­ector of Involve<> and Anthony is Dir­ector of Dem­soc<> and both are involved in numer­ous innov­a­tions to enhance civic participation.

This sem­inar is free and open to all but advance book­ing is required. Refresh­ments will be avail­able.
Book on to this event<>



Listen Here: UNA Peter Crowhurst North Laines Community Association

The speaker this time at the United Nations Asso­ci­ation Meet­ing was Peter Crowhurst, who is a retired his­tory teacher and the cur­rent Chair of the North Laine Com­munity Asso­ci­ation in Brighton.



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