Like a bit of Gyp-Hop Ska with lashings of Latino and a side of Funk? Look no further, Town of Cats most recent single ‘Demon’ captures all of the above and more.
or go to https://soundcloud.com/townofcats/the-demon
“The People’s Republic page is a support group in these difficult times, as well as a space to be positive and lighthearted. We would like it to reflect everything that’s sane and progressive about our fantastic city.” — Facebook
“I woke up the morning after the election and saw that Brighton and Hove was now just a tiny red and green island in an absolute sea of blue. And I just wanted somewhere to share my grief,” says Jason Smart, on the moment of visceral mourning that led him to declare the independence of the People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove.
Nations have been founded on a whim, but the People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove may be the first to be founded as a therapeutic device after an unexpected Tory victory. Last week, while the rest of the England was frenziedly voting Tory, Brighton and Hove dug their heels in, and instead voted in a Green MP (Caroline Lucas, her second term and this time with a majority of 8,000) and a Labour MP (Peter Kyle, taking over a traditionally Tory constituency with a majority of just over 1,000).
Smart may have intended the republic as a joke, but as the city, full of environmentalists and lefties, woke up, there was plenty of need for venting of grief and nearly 8,000 people have signed up. There have already been requests for asylum from neighbouring Kemptown, and further north-east, Lewes has requested an invasion and promised to supply the fireworks.
One supporter has suggested an entry questionnaire on “early 90s music, Star Wars, graphic design, skateboards and BMXing and Bobby Gillespie, followed by an appraisal of overall style factor ie beard style, length, tattoo quality and cut of jeans”. Chumbawumba’sTubthumping is being suggested as a possible anthem, although Bob Marley’s One Love is fighting back. A possible constitution would begin, “We have the right to bare legs”, while aid parcels to surrounding Tory constituencies would include Brighton Gin, coffee, a yoga mat and a seagull relaxation tape.
“Now all I need to do is grow a beard,” says Smart, who was a hat-maker before destiny caught up with him. “I’ll spend the afternoon working on that.”
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Greeks receiving distribution of free food
Moldovan women await free food distribution
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An interview with Brooke Larson about Latin America
continued discussion about United Kingdom General Election 2015, and Greek government.
United Kingdom General Election, 2015.
An interview with Jeff Faux about the American’s Economy
This week John Weeks discusses further the issue of Cuba with Elizabeth Dore talking about “Voices from the Cuban Street”
The photograph is of Elizabeth Dore and Regla Hernandez Gomez, one of the people she interviewed for her 10 year study of at
Attitudes of Cubans toward the revolution.
First of a new series of commentary on economic conditions and policy in the UK and beyond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and author of The Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/
The new government has promised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to everyone still fighting for these rights around the world.
The Human Rights Act 1998 mostly came into force on 2 October 2000.Its aim was to incorporate into UK law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Act makes a remedy for breach of a Convention right available in UK courts, without the need to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg.The European Convention on Human Rights draws much of its inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.It seems appropriate therefore to look again at this wonderful document and, as our Brighton University readers have done in this recording, to reconsider the aspirations and values herein.
What a concept for a pilot project. Can’t we change our roads into gigantic solar panels? Harvest energy from them? Get solar electricity from them, fed into the electricity grid and used for street lighting, traffic systems, households and electric cars?
A public-private partnership in the Netherlands has such a pilot project going on, in the form of sunlight on the road surfaces converted into electricity, in the form of a bike path. The project participants for SolaRoad want the world to know that this project so far is looking good. SolaRoad is in a pilot phase for a three-year period; The Associated Press said that this was a 3.5-million Euro project.
The first six months of the pilot phase were successful, according to a SolaRoad press release issued earlier this month. The energy yield was beyond their expectations. Spokesperson Sten de Wit said they were surprised to see the level of success so quickly. Case in point: “The bike road opened half a year ago and already generated over 3,000 kWh,” he said. “If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70 kWh per square meter per year, which we predicted as an upper limit in the laboratory stage. We can therefore conclude that it was a successful first half year.”
The engineers behind the bike path design had to develop a solar road that could not only have requisite strength but also resist skids. SolaRoad has been described as a “living lab” of about 70 meters.
The cycle path is made up of concrete modules of 2.5 by 3.5 meters. Solar cells are fitted and protected by a centimeter-thick top layer of safety glass with a transparent, skid-resistant coating. The other lane does not have solar cells; it serves as a test area. SustainableBusiness.com said that, “While a flat solar panel is 30 percent less efficient than those at an angle or rooftop, there’s plenty of surface to make up for that.”
This living lab, however, has hit some issues along the way. Jon Fingas in Engadget wrote, “Things haven’t been going perfectly. The coating on the solar cells’ protective glass tends to peel off when the weather changes, for example, suggesting that the path could be expensive to maintain as-is.” (The press release said that at the end of December 2014 and in early Spring of 2015 a small section of the coating “delaminated.” Large temperature fluctuations can cause local delamination due to shrinkage in the coating, it noted. “Repairs have been made and the development of an improved top layer is now in an advanced stage.”) The AP report said the fluctuations caused part of it to peel off namely in early winter and early spring.
Fingas remarked that, as the project to last for another two and a half years, “SolaRoad believes that it’ll have plenty of time to iron out the kinks, and it’s confident enough that it plans to test its technology on small municipal roads in the future.”
SolaRoad officially opened in November 2014. Ubergizmo said about 150,000 cyclists have crossed the SolaRoad in the six months that it has gone live.
The AP report said SolaRoad’s public-private partnership includes the province of Noord-Holland, TNO, Ooms Civiel and Imtech.
Looking to the future, TNO project manager Wim ven der Poel said, “Using this energy to charge electric cars while they are driving over the road is a beautiful dream, which might become reality. SolaRoad acts as a step towards a closed ecosystem. From mobility through energy back to mobility – which makes the circle complete.”
Listen here to The Scrap of Lace — a murder mystery radio play read by Radio Free Brighton volunteers and work experience students from Downlands School.
A lecture and panel discussing the environment, hosted by Nina Emmet founder of FotoDocument and Pooran Desai, founder of Bioregional and One Planet Living. This lecture looks at some excellent photographic collections put together by the panel, centering on key environmental themes such as water usage, waste and recycling.
Held at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, three of the ten commissioned photographers, Thomas Ball, Sophie Gerrard and Murray Ballard, took part in the discussion about their One Planet City photo essays now installed in public spaces around Brighton & Hove. . The project was launched under the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 — core arts partner for the project Photoworks.
Howard Johns is the founder of Southern Solar Ltd, and has been installing solar hot water systems and other small scale renewable energy systems for over ten years. During this Power To The People speech, he talks about renewable energy, specifically Solar Power.
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.
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Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…
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 NHS –People’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<http://www.nhscitizen.org.uk/>. 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<http://www.involve.org.uk/> and Anthony is Director of Demsoc<http://www.demsoc.org/> 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.
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