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Listen here to Tegan Tallullah Future Focus on Business

LISTEN HERE  to the latest Future Focus with Tegan Tal­lul­lah look­ing at business


Listen Here Davy Jones with Sarah Beattie-Smith SGP on Scottish Independence


Sarah Beattie-Smith from the Scot­tish Green Party talk­ing with Davy Jones (look out for his Polit­ics Roundup show) on the Scot­tish ref­er­en­dum and whether inde­pend­ence for Scot­land is about start­ing over, remak­ing Scot­land out of the crumbled walls of the union we’d break by leav­ing it. Or about a blank can­vas, a fresh start, full of potential.

. The home page of the  Rad­ical Inde­pend­ence Cam­paign web­site dis­plays the state­ment: “We believe Scot­land should be a people’s demo­cracy, a soci­ety of equal­ity, a great wel­fare state, a good neigh­bour, and pion­eer a just eco­nomy. We believe this bet­ter Scot­land can only begin with inde­pend­ence, so on Sept 18th 2014, we are vot­ing Yes.”

Check out some of Sarah’s other interviews/talks on You­Tube here:


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



New Groove Formation + The Meow Meows @ The Prince Albert, Brighton — Listen Here!

New Groove Form­a­tion are head­ing to Brighton for a show at The Prince Albert with spe­cial guests The Meow Meows in sup­port. Gonna be a good night!

There is a £5 guest­l­ist — com­ment on the Face­book event page if you want cheap tick­ets. Oth­er­wise it’s £7 on the door.

Listen here:


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.


Listen here:International Ocean Film Festival comes to Brighton!‏ Sept 19th


For the first time ever, the brand new Inter­na­tional Ocean Film Fest­ival will be tour­ing the UK, from the 4th of Septem­ber to the 30th of Octo­ber 2014. The fest­ival will bring the best ocean films from around the globe to the Corn Exchange (Brighton Dome), Brighton on Septem­ber 19th.

UK audi­ences will be able to immerse them­selves in the won­ders of the ocean without get­ting their feet wet as the Inter­na­tional Ocean Film Fest­ival hits theatres for the first time this Autumn. The fest­ival, which ori­gin­ates in Aus­tralia, will fea­ture a selec­tion of the world’s most cap­tiv­at­ing ocean-themed short films and will be shown in 17 towns and cit­ies across the UK.
Designed to mes­mer­ise and enthral, the Inter­na­tional Ocean Film Fest­ival show­cases more than two hours of sub­lime foot­age taken above and below the water’s sur­face. The films doc­u­ment the beauty and power of the ocean, and cel­eb­rate the divers, surfers, swim­mers and ocean­o­graph­ers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who mar­vel at the mys­ter­ies of the big blue.
Heart-stopping shots of surfers rid­ing wild waves and adrenalin-inducing scenes of divers swim­ming with white sharks will leave audi­ences on the edges of their seats. The films also encour­age view­ers to dive head first into ocean cul­ture as the fest­ival is filled with touch­ing inter­views and insight­ful nar­ra­tions from the char­ac­ters whose lives are inspired by the ocean.
Each of the festival’s films con­veys a deep respect and appre­ci­ation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. A selec­tion of 2014 high­lights include:
And Then We Swam In May 2010, two Brit­ish friends set off to row across the Indian Ocean in a second hand boat. Hav­ing zero row­ing exper­i­ence, they signed up for an organ­ised race — only to find that a lack of entrants meant that there would be no sup­port boat. After 116 gruel­ing days at sea, the duo was within 8km of the fin­ish­ing line when dis­aster struck. An incred­ible story of adven­ture, fool­hardi­ness and sur­vival.
Duct tape surf­ing Eight­een years ago, a car acci­dent left Pas­cale Honore para­lysed from the waist down. Fas­cin­ated by the ocean, Pas­cale dreamed of being able to surf. With the help of a roll of duct tape and with the sup­port of her sons’ friend Tyron Swan, a big wave surfer and pro­fes­sional diver, Pascale’s dream even­tu­ally became a real­ity. Share in her joy.
Sport­life Saga: Water Fol­low world cham­pion free-diver Guil­laume Néry deep below the water’s sur­face as he trans­forms the sport of free-diving into an art. Now a world-record holder, Guil­laume reaches depths of more than 100m and can stay below the sur­face for more than seven minutes at a time. His for­ays into the big blue will leave you breathless

19 Septem­ber Brighton, Brighton Dome (Corn Exchange)For Tick­ets and inform­a­tion, go to
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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.


What future for Palestine: What can be expected from the international community? — Joint Brighton UNA/BHPSC Discussion 27th Sep

Joint Brighton UNA/BHPSC dis­cus­sion meeting

Sat­urday 27 Septem­ber 2014

2.00pm –5.30pm

Dor­set Gar­dens Meth­od­ist Church Hall

Dor­set Gar­dens, Brighton BN2 1RL

(Dor­set Gar­dens runs between St James’s Street and Edward Street)


Musheir El Farrah

Mush­ier is Chair of Shef­field PSC. He is ori­gin­ally from Gaza and has fam­ily still there includ­ing his sis­ter, Mona El Far­rah, who is a doc­tor at Al-Shifa hos­pital in Gaza. Musheir is the author of a book about the 2008–9 Israeli assault on Gaza, When the Sky Rained White Fire (Shef­field PSC, 2012).

Michael Kear­ney

Lec­turer in Inter­na­tional Law, Uni­ver­sity of Sus­sex. Michael’s research interests cover inter­na­tional human­it­arian law, war crimes and human rights and in par­tic­u­lar the role and impact of inter­na­tional law on the ques­tion of Palestine. Joint author of Bey­ond Occu­pa­tion: Apartheid, Colo­ni­al­ism & Inter­na­tional Law in the Occu­pied Palestinian Ter­rit­or­ies. (Pluto Press 2012).

A third speaker is cur­rently being con­firmed but in the mean­time please put this date in your diaries.

Light refresh­ments provided. Free admission.


2014 is the UN Inter­na­tional Year of Solid­ar­ity with the Palestinian people and yet on 30 July, the Commissioner-General of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNWRA, said about the shelling of a school in Gaza where shel­ter­ing chil­dren were sleep­ing, “This is an affront to all of us, a source of uni­ver­sal shame. Today the World stands disgraced”.

The tragedy of what has just happened in Gaza must make us all ques­tion what can be expec­ted from the Inter­na­tional Com­munity. We will be address­ing these issues and dis­cuss­ing what we can do at this meet­ing jointly organ­ised by Brighton & Hove PSC and Brighton & Hove United Nations Association.


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.



What Climate Change propaganda is/isn’t telling us…

Graph depict­ing the increased pres­ence of Meth­ane, Car­bon Diox­ide and Nitrous Oxide, all of which pose a dir­ect threat to the polar ice caps and cli­mate at large.

With the increased pres­ence of the Green Party in both Europe and on our own turf after the recent elec­tions, the cli­mate change dia­logue is becom­ing more and more trans­par­ent. Below are links to two pieces of pro­pa­ganda: the first being the Exxon Out­look for Energy 2040, a pub­lic­a­tion aimed at Exxon share­hold­ers and the politi­cians who work for them; the second being a report from the Arc­tic Meth­ane Emer­gency Group, backed by sci­ence and sci­ence alone.

The former makes no men­tion of meth­ane and fails to acknow­ledge the rap­idly accel­er­at­ing cli­mate change crisis. The lat­ter uses inform­a­tion from the IPCC to try and identify areas of weak­ness and for­mu­late some pro­gres­sion from where we are now, pla­cing ser­i­ous cata­strophe within a four year reach. Who are you going to believe?

Down­load the Exxon report here:

View and share the AMEG inform­a­tion here:



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